Portland Head Light
Fort Williams Park
Four miles southeast of Portland on Cape Elizabeth, 90-acre Fort Williams Parkis worth visiting simply for the panoramas and picnic...
Maine Brew Bus
Hop aboard the green bus for tours and tastings at some of Portland's most beloved breweries and brewpubs, from Allagash to Sebago....
Maine Island Kayak Company
On Peak Island, a 15-minute cruise from downtown on the Casco Bay Lines, this well-run outfitter offers fun day and overnight trips...
Lobster Shack at Two Lights
Crack into a lobster at this well-loved Cape Elizabeth seafood shack, with killer views of the crashing Atlantic from both indoor and...
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Portland Head Light information
Fort Williams Park, on Cape Elizabeth, has rolling lawns dotted with bunkers and gun emplacements, from WWII, although the fort actively guarded the entrance to Casco Bay from 1873 to 1964. Right next to the park stands Portland Head Light, the oldest of Maine’s 52 functioning lighthouses. It was commissioned by President George Washington in 1791 and staffed until 1989, when machines took over. The keeper’s house has been passed into service as a museum which traces the maritime and military history of the region.