One of the many ways Maine sets itself apart is its incredible lighthouses. These historic monuments make for a truly unique vacation destination with lots of other things to do in the surrounding area as well, including delicious cuisine and other historical landmarks. We’ve put together a handy guide on some of the top lighthouses in Maine, perfect for a relaxing day trip by the sea.
Marshall Point Light & Museum
12 miles – a 21-minute drive from the inn.
Situated at the tip of the St. Georgia Peninsula and made famous as the last stop of Tom Hank’s long run in “Forrest Gump”, Marshall Point Lighthouse is an absolute must-see destination. Take a walk down the iconic boardwalk and stop by the museum for details on the filming process as well as photos from that time. Thankfully you don’t have to run if you don’t want to, but film buffs and fans of the movie alike may want to take the opportunity and recreate some famous scenes of their own!
Owls Head State Park & Lighthouse
13 miles – a 23-minute drive from the inn.
There are two ways to see the Lighthouse at Owls Head State Park – either from down on the beach or up on the cliffs where it resides. From down below the view is stunning, and equally, so is the ocean stretched out before Owls Head Lighthouse’s endless watch. Pick your path from the main trailhead and don’t forget the camera as there are plenty of spots for some spectacular photos.
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
14 miles – a 25-minute drive from the inn.
A unique destination a mile out on a granite breakwater in the Rockland Harbor, the aptly named Lighthouse in Maine is a fantastic place for an afternoon walk in the sun while you make your way out. On more stormy days the waves will often crash over it, and we highly recommend packing some shoes that you don’t mind getting wet if you’re planning to head out on a day like that!
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
42 miles – a one-hour drive from the inn.
Easily one of our personal favorites, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is truly a sight to behold! Located on the picturesque Pemaquid Peninsula, it is a historic monument that holds the title of the most photographed lighthouse in Maine while also serving as the inspiration for Maine’s state quarter. Head on down and see what all the fuss is about, and don’t forget to take a few pictures of your own!
Whitehead Island Lighthouse
6 miles- not accessible by car
Visible in the distance from right here on Clark Island, the Whitehead Island Lighthouse was first constructed in 1803 under the authorization of Thomas Jefferson. Ever since then it has served as a beacon for Penobscot Bay, faithfully guiding ships during both calm and stormy weather. The beautiful little island is an easy trip over from Craignair and makes for a great early morning excursion or a relaxing post-lunch trip.
Brighten Up Your Getaway
Pack your bags for an exciting getaway and see everything Maine has to offer with a stay at our Maine bed and breakfast. Book with our exclusive Lobster Trap Picnic Package and have a delicious accompaniment to your Maine lighthouse exploration. Enjoy gourmet cheeses from a local cheesemonger, artisanal crackers, succulent fruits, and locally sourced red, white, or rose wine – all packed up in a repurposed lobster trap! Cozy accommodations await intrepid travelers with king and queen beds, balconies overlooking the ocean, and a location that just can’t be beat! We are close to a wide variety of enriching activities in MidCoast Maine and highly recommend you look for nearby experiences to add to your itinerary. Maine’s noble lighthouses stand as a reminder of its nautical narrative and live on into the future as landmarks enjoyed by countless visitors every year. We hope that you will enjoy exploring them just as much as we do!