The lighthouses scattered across Maine hold an air of mystery. These historic structures have kept mariners safe for generations, but now their towers are usually closed to guests except for one special day out of the year. Locals and visitors from all over the world wait patiently for Maine Open Lighthouse Day. During this annual event, over two dozen Maine lighthouses are open to the public for viewing! This is only a one-day event that usually takes place in September, so make sure check this year’s date and then book your stay at Pilgrim’s Inn for this rare opportunity to climb the ancient spiral staircases and learn about these amazing historic lighthouses. Maine Open Lighthouse Day 2017 is September 9th!
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Maine Open Lighthouse Day Tours
Isle au Haut Boat Services
To celebrate this occasion, Isle au Haut Boat Services offers a special cruise to see some of the lighthouses the way they were meant to be seen–from the water! This tour is spread out over two days; the first day takes passengers to 6 lighthouses, the second day takes passengers to 4. On Maine Open Lighthouse Day, their boat tour takes guests to Isle au Haut Light where they get to go ashore for a guided tour of the lighthouse. This is a rare opportunity because the tower is usually closed to visitors!
Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail
The Deer Isle Lighthouse Trail is a Maine lighthouse driving tour that you can take any time of year. It outlines where the properties are located and where they can be viewed. However, on Maine Open Lighthouse Day, many of these towers can actually be toured! The lighthouses featured are found on a 12-mile stretch that can easily be seen all in one day.
Maine Open Lighthouse Day Lighthouses
There are many lighthouses that will be open for Maine Open Lighthouse Day, but here are a few of our favorites:
Portland Head Lighthouse
The Portland Head Lighthouse is located in Cape Elizabeth. This is one of the most popular and well-photographed lighthouses on the Eastern Seaboard and features a spiral staircase leading up to the tower. The adjacent gift shop and interior museum will give you additional information of its history, along with souvenirs of your visit!
Owls Head Lighthouse
The Owls Head Lighthouse offers some scenic camera-ready views from its stairway up to the tower. This land-based lighthouse is easy to get to in Owls Head near Rockland Harbor. This lighthouse has saved many lives but is no longer in use. The keeper’s house is now used by a Coast Guard family!
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
You can access the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse for Maine Open Lighthouse Day via a mile-long walk out along an adventurous breakwater. This station’s historic light tower and cozy keeper’s house with colorful turquoise shutters are now owned by the City of Rockland.
Grindle Point Lighthouse
The Grindle Point Lighthouse is one of the most unique Maine lighthouses because of its interesting form. While most towers are cylindrical in shape, this structure is more rectangular. A museum and gift shop are located inside this featured Maine Open Lighthouse Day participant to tell you even more about this historic property. To get to this lighthouse, take the Maine State Ferry from Lincolnville to Islesboro.
Dyce Head Lighthouse
Located in the quaint town of Castine, not far from Deer Isle, the Dyce Head Lighthouse is still an active aid to navigation. In 2007, residents of the town suggested installing a light to keep the tower shining after it experienced over 70 years of darkness. The historic property is managed and kept up by the Town of Castine.
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Explore the light tower of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park. This lighthouse is an active navigational aid for the Coast Guard. Its magnificent fourth order Fresnel lens is its most noticeable feature!
Stay at Pilgrim’s Inn for Maine Open Lighthouse Day
Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle is a great base for your Maine Open Lighthouse Day adventures. Stay with us for a wonderful, authentic Maine experience that you won’t forget. Enjoy cozy rooms and a delicious homemade breakfast each morning! Plan your Downeast Maine getaway today.