The arrival of summer brings with it a chance to spend time with family and friends along the Maine coast by participating in the seventh annual Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge.

The Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge is a fun-filled event being held Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29 that challenges participants to visit seven lighthouses (Pemaquid Point, Marshall Point, Owls Head, Rockland Breakwater, Grindle Point, Fort Point and Dice Head) over the course of two days on a self-guided tour of these alluring sites.

This event offers local residents and lighthouse enthusiasts alike the unique opportunity to climb each lighthouse and enjoy a birds-eye view of the Midcoast from atop these towers.

Lighthouse challenge participants will receive a commemorative booklet that contains information about the lighthouses and directions to each site. Registering for the event is free and can be done at any of the lighthouse locations on the challenge. Those who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a two-night luxurious stay for two at one of the four Historic Inns of Rockland. The prize is being donated by the Historic Inns of Rockland.

The keeper’s house at Owls Head Light Station and the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland are also participating as a bonus sites for lighthouse challenge participants. The keeper’s house is home to the American Lighthouse Foundation’s interpretive center and gift store, and the museum features a gorgeous display of Fresnel lenses, as well as other lighthouse beacons and artifacts that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

In addition, cruises to view Curtis Island Lighthouse in Camden and Indian Island Lighthouse in Rockport (bonus sites as well) with Camden Harbor Cruises are also being offered. There is a charge for the cruises.

The Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge is sponsored by the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights, and its parent organization, the American Lighthouse Foundation. For more information, call the American Lighthouse Foundation at 594-4174 or visit