Coast Guard sponsors 9th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME— Tourists visit the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse during the 3rd annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day, Sept. 17, 2011. The U.S. Coast Guard, State of Maine and American Lighthouse Foundation welcome the public to view lighthouses as a way to increase awareness of Maine’s maritime heritage and the rich history of its lighthouses and lighthouse keepers. The Spring Point Ledge Light Trust maintains the lighthouse and opens it to the public as much as possible. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amber Mitchell.

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME— Tourists visit the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse during the 3rd annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day, Sept. 17, 2011.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amber Mitchell.

BOSTON — The Coast Guard invites the public to visit and tour the towers and keepers’ houses of 25 Maine lighthouses Saturday as part of the 9th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day.

Also sponsored by the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, this annual event is the largest of its kind and attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors.

This year, 25 lighthouses and two museums from Biddeford, Maine, to Lubec, Maine, will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours. The list of participating lights and their specific accessibility times and details can be seen at http://www.lighthousefoundation.org/maine-open-lighthouse-day.

Some lights that are not normally open to the public include Owls Head Light in Owls Head; Curtis Island Light in Camden Harbor; Dyce Head Light in Castine; Monhegan Island Light on Monhegan Island; Portland Breakwater (Bug Light) in South Portland; and the tower at West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec.

This annual event is a fantastic opportunity to tour and get an inside glimpse of some of Maine’s most beautiful and historic navigational landmarks.

Entry to lighthouses and lighthouse tours are free. Some parking and transportation costs to lighthouses are additional.

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