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Portland Head Light

The Portland Head Light is a pet-friendly lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Bring your dog to one of the most famous lighthouses in Maine. It isn't just the sight of the lighthouse that your pooch will enjoy, there's also an off-leash area for your pup to run freely. Dogs are welcome in the other outdoor areas of Fort Williams Park, as long as they are leashed. Bring some food and hang out for a while at one of the grills next to a picnic bench. Visit Website

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Portland Head Light has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 2 canine critics on BringFido and 5.0 out of 5 by 2,357 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Cilva
    May. 29, 2022
    Favorite place

    my family has been visiting this park for many years with our dogs. we love how spread out the trails are so even if busy it is not overwhelming. wouldn’t plan on going on a weekend in the summer but otherwise is great. there are areas for off leash and plenty of shade trees . the cliff walk is a little narrow and steep but doable unless very crowded. love this park!

  • Caitlin
    Sep. 8, 2021
    Very pet friendly, but rather touristy

    Visiting this iconic lighthouse is definitely something for everyone’s bucket list. It’s a very pretty sight, completely dog friendly, and there are different options for paths and places where you can take a picture or have a picnic. However, if you’re planning to go don’t be caught off guard like we were — the park is spread out with different options for parking. Follow the signs to park closer to the lighthouse and you’ll also be near some of the very few shady spots where you can sit and cool off. Even on a 72 degree(ish) day it got to be really warm in the sun and limited the options for what we could do. The cliff walk is nice for walking next to the ocean and seeing another side of the lighthouse, but it’s not suitable for older dogs, dogs with joint or medical issues, or any human companion who has trouble walking up and down hills and on gravel/ uneven slightly rocky terrain. We finally found some amazing shade and one bench near the Goddard Mansion and hung out there for quite a while to cool down before heading back into the car. Don’t forget lots of water! For human companions — there are port-o-potties near all of the parking areas (possibly some inside the lighthouse museum, but we didn’t go in there) and all parking is paid using a kiosk via credit card only. You also have to enter your license plate # which helps if you want to change lots to go see something else.

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