Lighthouse lovers love the coast of Maine! With 14 of Maine’s 68 lighthouses right here in Midcoast Maine, it’s a lighthouse feast all year! There’s something romantic and mysterious about lighthouses and they have a lure that spans centuries. Stories abound of heroic rescues, shipwrecks, ghosts and romantic legends. Most were built in the 1800’s and many are still working beacons of light guiding ships safely through fog, storm and dark of night.
The lighthouses of Maine are now almost all fully automated and many are now privately owned. Others have been restored and include wonderful museums. In fact, the Maine Lighthouse Museum, right here in the Midcoast, boasts one of the largest collections of Fresnel lenses in the country. It is a must see for those who want to know of the histories of lighthouses.
Many of the areas lighthouses can be seen within a short drive. Several are open to the public or allow access to the grounds. Others can only be seen from the water as they are island or remote lights. We are happy to share our self-guided lighthouse driving tour with you! In fact, we have created several day trips for those guests who may want to explore lighthouses further up and down the coast. Or, climb aboard a Maine schooner or local lobster boat for a memorable tour of our island lighthouses.
Depending on the route, you will see up to 7 different lighthouses, which for more than 150 years have been guiding sailors in the Penobscot Bay. On each tour, you may also see some of the Maine coast's abundant wildlife - seals, porpoise, eagles and various sea birds.