Maine’s coast is known for its rocky, jagged shorelines, serene islands, and jaw-dropping oceanic wildlife viewing, but don’t forget about our region’s array of beautiful lighthouses. Every summer, thousands of travelers venture to the seaside town of Camden to observe some of the most stunning Midcoast Maine lighthouses, all of which are a short, scenic drive or a memorable sailing excursion from Camden Harbour Inn. Because there are dozens of Maine coast lighthouses on secluded islands deep at sea, many of these eager travelers arrive via sailboat at the Camden Yacht Club, located less than 350 feet from our luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel.
Top 6 Lighthouses near Camden, Maine
Several of the most beautiful lighthouses in Maine are just a short journey from Camden Harbour Inn, including all six of these magnificent structures. As a reminder, two of these crowd-pleasing Maine lighthouses are only accessible by boat: Curtis Island and Heron Neck.
1. Marshall Point Lighthouse
Marshall Point, one of the most iconic lighthouses in North America, is arguably Midcoast Maine’s top attraction. This peaceful, nearly-200-year-old light may only be 31 feet tall, but history buffs from across the country flock to this beautiful locale to observe a true American-made marvel. Marshall Point Lighthouse was featured in the 1994 classic film, Forrest Gump, gaining instant fame among history buffs. And luckily for you, Camden Harbour Inn has an exclusive two-night lighthouse package that includes a three-hour private VW tour, a four-course dinner at Natalie’s, a trip to the Farnsworth Art Museum, and a picnic lunch at Marshall Point.
2. Owls Head Lighthouse
Without a doubt, Owls Head is one of the most beautiful Maine lighthouses, primarily because it’s perched high above the ocean’s edge on a tall, rocky bluff. Embark on a guided tour, enjoy a picnic at Owls Head State Park, and visit the gift shop before venturing to your next stop along this self-guided lighthouse trail.
3. Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse
Very few Maine lighthouses can rival Rockland’s breakwater “hike.” The leisurely stroll along this rocky, man-made path en route to the light is sublime in every sense of the word. Let the gentle breeze and Penobscot Bay views wisp you away to a simpler time.
4. Heron Neck Lighthouse
Greens Island’s Heron Neck is not open to the public and only accessible by boat, but it’s a hidden gem that’s well worth the mid-day sailing adventure, especially on a warm summer afternoon. Heron Neck, which is privately-owned land, looks quite similar to Owls Head thanks to its rocky base. The sprawling views of Maine’s coast from the south edge of the island are awe-inspiring.
5. Fort Point Lighthouse
While tours aren’t offered at Fort Point, the property is open to the public from 9 a.m. to dusk. The lighthouse rests along the eastern edge of Fort Point State Park, a small but beautiful preserve located in a tranquil cove at the mouth of the Penobscot River. Snap photos of the lighthouse, and don’t forget to visit the former site of Fort Pownall.
6. Curtis Island Lighthouse
Curtis Island, which is practically within a stone’s throw of Dillingham Point in Camden, is only accessible by boat. The first lighthouse on Curtis Island was built in 1835, and the city of Camden now owns the land that surrounds the lighthouse. Curtis Island is yet another one of our favorite Maine lighthouses because of its seclusion, preserved beauty, and proximity to downtown.
Luxury Camden Hotel
Camden Harbour Inn is not only minutes away from several top-rated Maine lighthouses, but we offer guests with a sophisticated, charming, and conveniently-located stay. Watch the sun rise above Penobscot Bay from your private balcony. Indulge in authentic local cuisine inside Natalie’s, our on-site AAA Four Diamond restaurant. And bask in supreme luxury inside your lavishly-designed guest suite complete with a Jacuzzi, gas fireplaces, king-size feather bed, sauna, and rain shower. To book a well-deserved romantic escape to Midcoast Maine, please give us a call today at 1-800-236-4266, or reserve now online.