Maine has over 60 lighthouses, including these five, which you can visit within about an hour’s drive from Freeport.
Portland Head Lighthouse – Cape Elizabeth, ME
Distance: 27.3 miles Drive Time: 43 minutes
Open to the public from 10:00am to 4:00pm on weekends, Portland Head Lighthouse has an award-winning museum in what used to be the keeper’s quarters.This lighthouse is situated in Fort Williams Park, which also includes historic fort remains, an old mansion, a playground and picnic areas. Built in 1787, Portland Head has an 80 foot tower, Flashing white every four seconds and its fog signal blasts every 15 seconds.
Two Lights – Cape Elizabeth, ME
Distance: 30.1 miles Drive Time: 49 minutes
Viewable from the end of Two Lights Road off of Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth is a unique light station featuring two towers. Built in 1828, the two tower system was designed to form a range, helping mariners find their bearing. Though the lighthouse grounds are not open to the public. Tower height is 67 feet, four white flashes every 15 seconds, and two fog signal blasts every 60 seconds. You may wish to stop for lunch at Two Lights Lobster Shack while you are there!
Goat Island Light – Kennebunkport, ME
Distance: 51.6 miles Drive Time: 1 hour 11 minutes
Goat Island Light was built in 1835 to guard the entrance to Cape Porpoise Harbor. Though inaccessable to visitors, the lighthouse can be seen by boat or from shore in Cape Porpoise Harbor just off Route 9 in Kennebunkport. This was the last manned lighthouse in Maine, automated in 1990 by the United States Coast Guard. Its tower is 25 feet high, and its white light flashes every 6 seconds with one fog signal blast every 15 seconds.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse – Bristol, ME
Distance: 49.4 miles Drive Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Open to the public Memorial Day to Columbus Day 10:30am to 5:00pm, the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse also has a museum in it’s keeper’s quarters. If volunteers are available, you may even be able to climb the tower. As one of the most picturesque lighthouses in New England, it is a favorite with photographers and artists. Pemaquid Point was built in 1827, has a 38 foot-high tower, and a flashing white light every 6 seconds.
Cape Neddick Lighthouse (Nubble Light) – York Beach, ME
Distance: 70.2 miles Drive Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Otherwise known as Nubble Light, Cape Neddick Lighthouse is the southernmost lighthouse in Maine. It is located on a tiny island about 200 yards off the shore of York Beach. Although inaccessable to visitors, it is one of the most scenic, and most photographed lighthouses in New England. Nubble light was built in 1879, has a 41 foot tower, and its red light flashes every 6 seconds and is visible for 13 miles.