Maritime Maine: Open Lighthouse Day this Saturday

Wherever there’s a coastline, there’s a lighthouse. And Maine has no shortage of either.

This Saturday, Maine will celebrate its first ever Open Lighthouse Day. Some of the beacons will be specially opened, giving the public a never-before-seen look inside.

Twenty-nine of the state’s lighthouses will be opened, from Whaleback Ledge in the south to West Quoddy Head Light in the north. Some are easier to get to than others. A guide on the Maine Office of Tourism website shows the level of difficulty in accessing each of them (from ‘drive/ferry ride’ to ‘difficult landing on rocks’ for boaters). Visitors will need to arrange their own transportation to the lighthouses.

Visit between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12th.

We can thank the Coast Guard, State of Maine, and the American Lighthouse Foundation for this special event, which is “intended to increase awareness of Maine’s maritime heritage and the rich history of its lighthouses and lighthouse keepers.”