5 Lighthouses to Visit in Mid-Coast Maine

Did you know that the state of Maine is home to 65 lighthouses open to the public, and the Mid-coast area alone has 24 of them? That’s quite a number of lighthouses to explore during your trip. To make things easier for you, we’ve listed some of our favorite lighthouses to visit near Rockland, Maine, while staying at Rockland Harbor Hotel.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse – Rockland, Maine

The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse stands at the end of a 7/8-mile-long breakwater, giving you the feeling of being in the middle of Penobscot Bay. As you walk along the large, stoned breakwater, you can enjoy spectacular views of sailboats passing by, such as the A Morning in Maine sail from May to October, the Rockland Ferry, making routine trips back and forth to the islands of Matinicus, North Haven and Vinalhaven, birds flying by, fishermen with their poles waiting for a lucky catch, and a view of the Rockland Harbor Hotel.

Owls Head Light – Owls Head, Maine

Nestled on a steep rise overlooking Penobscot Bay, this location provides an unparalleled vantage point to take in the beauty of the surrounding area. With panoramic views, you’ll be able to gaze out on the sparkling waters of the bay, catch glimpses of nearby islands, and marvel at Maine’s legendary windjammer fleet.

Marshall Point Lighthouse – Port Clyde, Maine

The lighthouse station, located in the charming fishing town of Port Clyde, was constructed in 1832. It is well-known for its appearance in the movie “Forrest Gump,” where Tom Hanks ran out on the wooden runway to the tower and back during his cross-country journey. You can also visit the museum, which displays a variety of lighthouse memorabilia.

Note: During this winter, the walkway leading to the lighthouse sustained structural damage, which has resulted in its closure to the public for the time being. We are eagerly waiting for the walkway to be restored so that visitors worldwide can once again visit this iconic lighthouse. 

Four Point Lighthouse – Stockton Springs, Maine

This historic lighthouse station was established in 1836 and comprises of the 1857 keeper’s house, the 1890s fog bell tower, barn, oil house, and garage. The pyramidal bell tower is one of the few remaining in New England and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1857 Fresnel lens of the lighthouse is still being used today.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse – Bristol, Maine

This lighthouse, located in the serene town of Bristol, is still functioning and is owned by the US Coast Guard. It was commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1827. The keeper’s house has now been turned into the Fisherman’s Museum. Additionally, the grounds around the lighthouse have an art gallery, a learning center, and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy.

Before heading to each site, make sure to click on the links to view their hours of operation. Happy lighthouse exploring!