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Tour seven Maine lighthouses June 25-26

Posted by Hilary Nangle  June 21, 2011 06:55 AM

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Challenge_2011_pic1.jpgSeven land-accessible lighthouses along the mid-Maine coast will open for the Midcoast Maine Lighthouse Challenge, a two-day self-guided driving tour along the coastline from Pemaquid Point, tipping the peninsula south of Damariscotta, to Castine, on the western edge of the Blue Hill peninsula. Most will open their towers to visitors. Also part of the itinerary is the Maine Lighthouse Museum, in Rockland.

Included on the tour are: Dyce's Head Light, Castine; Fort Point, Stockton Springs; Grindle Point Light, Islesboro; Rockland Breakwater Light, Rockland; Owls Head Light, Owls Head; Marshall Point Light, Port Clyde; and Pemaquid Point Light, Pemaquid. For details on each, click here .

Special displays at the Rockand Breakwater Lighthouse, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will highlight modern optics for lighthouses and navigation and show how the Coast Guard keeps the lights at many of Maine's offshore stations. The M/V Rendezvous will offer water passage to the lighthouse throughout the day, from Middle Pier in Rockland, or hike nearly one-mile hike along the breakwater to reach the lighthouse at its tip.

In addition to the land-based itinerary, two lighthouse cruises are offered. View six lighthouses from the sea during a 4.5-hour sunset sail, on Friday, June 24, aboard the P/V Elizabeth Anne departing Port Clyde at 4:30 pm. The cruise will pass Franklin Island, Pemaquid Point, Ram Island, Cuckolds, Burnt Island, and Marshall Point. Fee is $35 pp, and light refreshments will be served. Reservations are highly recommended. The M/V Betselma will be offering one-hour tours out of Camden Harbor throughout the Challenge weekend. Tours include water views of Curtis Island and Indian Island Lighthouses. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children (10 and under), under 3 are free.

Visit all seven land-accessible lighthouses, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win two-night, double-occupancy, luxurious stay at one of the four Historic Inns of Rockland. Better yet, stay at one this year, taking advantage of the Lighthouses, Lobster, and Luxury package.

*Note: Each lighthouse, museum, activity may have an entry fee.

To view or print a PDF file of the brochure promoting this event, click here.

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