Lighthouse Cruises – Two Hour cruises leave from Camden Harbor approximately 5 times a day in the summer. Schooner Olad, Schooner Surprise, the Appledore and the Lazy Jack all do tours past the Curtis Island Lighthouse. 3 hour sight seeing tours leave from Rockport Harbor on the Schooner Heron. In Port Clyde the Monhegan Boat Company can take you on 3 different types of cruises: Scenic sunset, Puffin cruise and the Lighthouse Cruise.
Dice Head Light was originally built in 1828 at the entrance to Castine Harbor, now decommissioned and owned by the Town of Castine. Accessible by auto, limited parking, nice photo opportunities. Follow US Rt 1 to Orland (about 40 miles from Camden) and turn right onto ME Rout 175. Follow Route 175 to ME Route 166 (or 166A) to Castine. Follow Battle Ave. (Route 166) .9 mile past the Maine Maritime Academy & Fort St. George to the lighthouse.
Stockton Springs – Fort Point Light is an active light dating from 1850′s at the mouth of the Penobscot River located at Fort Point State Park. The station includes one of the few remaining fog bell towers in Maine. Good auto access, parking and photo opportunities. The keeper’s house is the park rangers residence. From Camden,, go north on US Route 1 about 25 miles to the US Route & Route 1 A Junction (north of Searsport). Just past that junction, turn right at the Stockton Springs sign. After passing through the town’s small business district, turn right onto East Cape Rd. at the Fort State Park sign. Follow East Cape Road., turn left, and continue to the park’s parking area.
Iselboro Island – Grindle Point Lighth & Sailor’s Museum is an active light dating from the 1850′s. The lighthouse is adjacent to the ferry slip; the keeper’s house is a Sailor’s Museum with lighthouse items. Museum hours: mid-June until Labor day 10Am-4Pm. Closed Mondays. Reached by ferry from Lincolnville Beach about 5 miles north of Camden on US Route 1. For a small fee, cars can be parked at the ferry landing at Lincolville Beach. Click here for Iselboro Ferry Schedule
The Pemaquid Point, Marshall Point Lighthouse is an active light dating from 1827. Spectacular setting and photo opportunities, excellent auto access. Keeper’s house is restored and houses the Fisherman’s Museum with lighthouse items. Museum hours: Memorial Day- Columbus Day: Mon – Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5. From Camden, go south on US Route 1 to ME Route 90 in Rockport. Take this shortcut to reconnect to Route 1 North of Waldoboro (if you are in Rockland, go south on US Route 1). In Waldoboro, turn left on ME Route 32 to ME Route 130. Turn left on Route 130, which ends at the lighthouse
Marshall Point Lighthouse is an active light 1/2 mile south of Port Clyde. Execellent auto access and beautiful settings for photos. Restored keeper’s house is a lighthouse/nautical musuem and gift shop. Musuem hours: May & Oct., Sat & Sun only 1-5. June to ME Route 131 South intersection just before Thomaston (Knox Mansion) then go south on Route 131 to Port CLyde. In Port Clyde, turn left onto Duck Cliff Rd. just before the church on the right and the Post Office on the left. Turn right at the first intersection onto Marshall Point Road. Parking for the lighthouse is at the end of this 1/2 mile long road.
The Maine Lighthouse Museum is the finest musuem of lighthouse-related material in the U.S. Extensive collection of lenses, lights, fog signals, and lighthouse artifacts. Large collection of photos, logbook, and other lighthouse data. Well-stocked gift store specializing in books and postcards. From Camden, go south on US Route 1. In Rockland, Route 1 splits to one way and becomes Union Street. At the stop light at the intersection of Park St., turn left. Go straight through the next light (Main Street); mueum is on the right.
Active light completed in 1902, locate at the end of the 7/8 mile long breakwater in Rockland Harbor. Visitors can walk out to the lighthouse. To reach the shore end of the breakwater, go south on US Rout 1 into Rockland. About 1/2 mile south of Walmart, turn left on Waldo Avenue. (Look for the Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church and Samoset signs.) After passing the church, bear right on Warrenton Road., then right again on Samoset Road. Follow this to the end at a small park & parking lot. Take care on the preakwater especially on windy days and high tide.
I personally like this the Rockland Breakwater Light house because during the months of July and August you can see the lobstermen pulling their traps. The harbor is a working harbor.
Decommissioned and privately owned since the 1930′s. Original lighthouse station was built in 1850 and rebuilt in 1974. A distant view from shore is possible from the Marine Park in Rockport. From Camden, go South on US Route 1 to the ME route 90 intersection. Turn left on West Street and at the end turn left again on Pascal Avenue. The entrance to Marine Park is just before you cross the Goose River Bridge. Indian Island is in the distance on the island at the mouth of the harbor.
Schooner Heron goes out by this Indian Island Light
Active light on Curtis Island. The original light station dates from 1836; the present lighthouse and keeper’s house date from the 1800′s. Originally known as Negro Island, the island and lighthouse were renamed Curtis Island in honor of Cyrus H. Curtis (Curtis Publishing) in the 1930′s. The best shore view of the light is from Beacon Avenue. Take BayView Street or Chestnut Street about 1/2 mile to the top of the hill then left on Beacon Avenue.
The local schooner boats sail past island giving guests a great glimpse of the lighthouse. You might want to consider kayaking out there. The island is town owned and is wonderful to explore. Bring your own kayak or rent one from Maine Sport. Bring a picnic and sit on one of the island park benches. Quiet and beauty await you. There is a little book when you first enter the island that is a “sign in” sheet, see who discovered the island before you. I love Curtis Island.
How many Maine lighthouses can you see in a day? There are 4 great and uniquely different lighthouses all within 25 miles of eachother and from the Downtown Camden Maine.
Start your day with a comfort food breakfast, all you can eat. Then after breakfast go out on a sail on Schooner Olad or Schooner Surprise, right out of Camden Harbor to see Lighthouse #1: Curtis Island Lighthouse. If you prefer not to go sailing and want to stay on land, there is only 1 place in Camden that allows the pubilc to enter and see the lighthouse. The only public spot is Lighthouse lookout. Lighthouse Look out is on Bayview Street, look for the small sign near Beacon Street. Then come back on land and drive north to lighthouse #2, Breakwater lighthouse – wonderful walk out on a granit jetty where you can see lots of lobster men pulling their traps, lunch time – stop at the Owls Head General Store for the “Best Hamburger in Maine”. The make your way to lighthouse #3 Owls Head lighthouse – enjoy the viewand walk around the park. Last but not least – head down to Port Clyde to see Lighthouse #4 - The Port Clyde Lighthouse. Enjoy a lobster dinner at Millers Lobster Pound, then head back to wonderful lodging and sleep comfortably. What a great day!!
Active light dating from 1825 marking the south entrance of Rockland Harbor. Accessible by road, spectacular view and photo opportunities. A state park with restrooms and picnic facilities on site. The keeper’s house is still used as quarters by the Coast Guard. Take ME Rt 73 south from Rockland. About 2 miles south of Rockland, turn left on North Shore Drive. go about 2.5 miles to the Owls Head Post office. Turn left onto Main Street and left again after .1 miles onto Lighthouse Road. Follow this road about .6 miles to the end (dirt road) where there is a parking lot.INNKEEPERS MIDCOAST MAINE TIP: While at the Owls Head Light House, stop in at the Owls Head General Store, 2 South Shore Drive. This store makes great hamburgers. You can also buy some souvenirs in the store. The hamburger is known as the 7 napkin burger. The store starts serving burgers at 10:30AM!!!!