Lighthouses to offer free admission Sept. 9

Aug 29, 2017
Grindle Point LIghthouse on Islesboro is one of more than two dozen lighthouses offering free admission on Maine Lighthouse Day, Sept. 9.

Augusta — Maine Lighthouse Day returns Sept. 9, with 25 lighthouses open to the public at no charge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (special hours at some facilities). Sponsored by the Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, the event draws between 15,000 and 18,000 visitors annually

Participating lighthouses in Knox and Waldo counties include:

Curtis Island, Camden

Visitors must find their own transportation to this offshore facility. Kayak tours may be available from Camden harbor.

Fort Point, Stockton Springs

An active Coast Guard aid to navigation, the lighthouse contains a fourth-order Fresnel lens.

Grindle Point, Islesboro

Transportation is available by Maine State Ferry to Islesboro. The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation.

Isle Au Haut, Isle Au Haut

Transportation is available from Isle au Haut Boat Services in Stonington, which is offering a special cruise that will go ashore for a guided tour of the lighthouse.

Marshall Point, Port Clyde

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. It also has a museum and gift shop.

Monhegan Island, Monhegan

Speical hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transportation is available via Monhegan Boat Lines (Port Clyde), Hardy Boat Cruises (New Harbor) and Balmy Days Cruises (Boothbay Harbor). Keeper's house contains a museum; also, special art exhibit in assistant keeper's house.

Owls Head, Owls Head

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation and contains a fourth-order Fresnel lens. Book signing by children's author Angeli Perrow from 1 to 4 p.m.

Rockland Breakwater, Rockland

The lighthouse is an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. There is almost a mile walk along the breakwater to the lighthouse.

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