Maine Open Lighthouse Day This Saturday

Libby Island Lighthouse, Photo/

The public is invited to visit and tour the towers and keeper’s houses of 25 Maine lighthouses from Biddeford to Lubec this coming Saturday (September 17) during the 3rd annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

Heron Neck Lighthouse, Photo/

This event is coordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation.

Most of the 25 ocean, river and island lighthouses will be open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours. The list of participating lights can be seen at the Light House Day website.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, Photo/

The list includes lighthouses not normally open to the public, such as Owls Head, Curtis Island in Camden Harbor, Dyce Head in Castine, Monhegan Island, Portland Breakwater and the tower at West Quoddy Head in Lubec. Some light stations may have limited accessibility or special restrictions.

“Open Lighthouse Day is a wonderful opportunity for the public to experience some of these important nautical landmarks in a way they may never have seen before,” said Lt. j.g. Terence Leahy, Waterways Management Division, Sector Northern New England. “Even to this day, many lighthouses serve as navigational aids to keep mariners safe at sea.”

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