To get the most out of your visits, a guided lighthouse tour is one of the most enjoyable ways to learn as much as possible, and also one of the only ways to see some of the more secluded lighthouses. While not all of Maine’s lighthouses are open to the public, over 30 of them allow visitation to the surrounding area and many even open their doors to the public to allow them to see the interior. Long Reach Cruises, located in Bath, offers scenic lighthouse cruises and boat tours throughout the Midcoast region. All cruises include admission to the famous Maine Maritime Museum where you can explore Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through one-of-a-kind exhibits and over 20,000 documents, artifacts and pieces of artwork.
Of all of the lighthouses located in this region, Owl’s Head Lighthouse has earned the most attention for its abundance of eerie occurrences; so much so that Coastal Living magazine named it one of the ten most haunted lighthouses in the entire country1. It comes as no surprise, then, that its fascinating history makes it one of the most anticipated lighthouses to visit during tours. Owl’s Head is located near Rockland, which is home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum. Lighthouse fanatics and history buffs alike will appreciate the chance to peruse through the largest collection of lighthouse lenses, lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States—it’s certainly worth the trip when you’re in the area!
Other lighthouses in the area that you might get a chance to see during a guided boat tour are Brown’s Head Light, Burnt Island Light, Curtis Island Light, Doubling Point Light, Fort Point Light, Grindle Point Light, Hendrick’s Head Light, Marshall Point Light, Monhegan Light, Pemaquid Point Light, Rockland Breakwater Light, Seguin Island Light and Squirrel Island Light. For those who are truly interested in taking the opportunity to see these maritime towers, a guided tour offers you special access and unbeatable views of Maine’s lighthouses that are not reachable by car.