Maine Lighthouse Tour Itinerary
Discover the beauty and lore of nine nearby Maine lighthouses while staying at Victorian by the Sea. This adventure will fill your day with incredible views of Penobscot Bay and details of Maine’s history. I have created a Google MyMaps called Lighthouses Near Camden Maine that shows Victorian by the Sea’s location in relationship to the lighthouses.
Grindle Point Lighthouse is located on Islesboro Island and is accessible only by Maine State Ferry Service from Lincolnville Beach, 1.5 miles from the Victorian by the Sea. The summer ferry departs on the hour from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is a 3-mile trip taking 20 minutes. Round trip cost is $10 for adults, $4.75 for children and $8.50 for bicycles. Biking is our suggested way to see the island but first be sure to stop at Dot’s and pick up a sandwich and drink as there are very few opportunities to purchase lunch on the island.
Curtis Island Lighthouse, located in Camden Harbor, 4 miles south, is a public park accessible only by boat. You may rent a kayak from Maine Sports, which has a kiosk located at the Harbor or ask us about using a private rowboat. This is great place to enjoy a picnic lunch. The two-hour schooner sails from Camden Harbor are a great way to experience Penobscot Bay, and they also give you picture-perfect views of the Curtis Island Lighthouse as you leave and enter the harbor.
Indian Island Lighthouse is 6 miles south and can be seen on the eastern side of Rockport harbor. The seven acre island is now privately owned and is not open to visitors. The Indian Island Lighthouse can be seen from Rockport Marine Park which is another great place to stop. Rockport, settled in 1769, has a rich history. The park has interpretative signage about early industries including lime kilns, ice houses and fishing. There is a statue in the park dedicated to Andre the Seal.
Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is 10 miles south in Rockland Harbor. Turn left at Waldo Ave and follow the signs to the parking lot at the end of Samoset Road; the lighthouse is at the end of the breakwater. You can walk to the end of the breakwater, which is 4433 feet from the shore (remember, you also have to walk back!). Walking on the huge granite blocks is fun on a sunny day as the harbor is alive with lobster fishermen, ferry boats going to Vinalhaven and North Haven islands and windjammers. This is an easy walk but you only for the sure-footed.
Maine Lighthouse Museum at 1 Park Drive in Rockland abounds in lighthouse artifacts including a large collection of the Fresnel lenses and American Coast Guard maritime history. The Lighthouse Depot gift shop has a wide selection of replicas, clothing, toys and gifts.
Rockland Harbor Southwest is 13 miles south. This is a privately owned lighthouse built in the 1980’s and is not open to the public but, you can view it from a distance as you drive on North Shore Dr. towards Owls head Light.
Owls Head Lighthouse is located in the Owls Head State Park, 19 miles south, at the end of Lighthouse Road. It provides a wonderful view of the Rockland Harbor. There is a parking area just a short walk from the lighthouse. There is a free interpretive center in the keeper’s house, which is open to the public.
Marshall Point Lighthouse, located near Port Clyde Harbor, is 30 miles south of Victorian by the Sea at the tip of the St. Georges peninsula. The old innkeeper’s house is now a museum and gift shop, and the volunteers are more than willing to answer all your lighthouse questions. This lighthouse and its long wooden walkway were featured in the movie Forrest Gump. It is open daily from Memorial to Columbus Day 10am-5pm Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday to Friday.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is located south of New Harbor, 48 miles south of Victorian by the Sea. There is a parking lot entrance fee of $2.00 per person. The Fisherman’s Museum is located in what was once the keeper’s house, and the lighthouse tower is occasionally open to visitors. The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is featured on the Maine commemorative state quarter. This is Jeanne’s favorite lighthouse because of the banded granite rock formations there.