A beautiful and historic Maine light house.
Maine is known for its beautiful shoreline and for good reason. Pristine beaches with white sand and historic light houses draw thousands of visitors each year to the costal part of the state. One of the state’s most famous light houses is located at Quoddy Head State Park. This unique state park is located on America’s easternmost peninsula. The park boasts 541 acres of space and is a great place for those looking for something interesting and new to do on the weekend.
The light house which is painted in the historic candy-striped design was ordered to be built by President Thomas Jefferson and was completed in 1808. Until the year 1988 an inn keeper was in charge of the light house and its beacon which was later fully automated by the U.S. Coast guard in the same year, and is one of the country’s oldest working light houses. Views from the park include Quoddy Channel which is the dividing line between the United States and Canada. Visitors will get a chance to see the amazing natural red cliffs of Grand Manan Island which is just across the way in New Brunswick, Canada.
Families looking for the perfect place to spend a day will find Quoddy Head State Park very interesting and entertaining. The park is a great place for kids to learn more about nature and the animals that inhabit costal Maine. With over five miles of scenic walking trails, visitors will have ample chances at seeing some of the many animals of the park. Along the shore nature lovers will be amaze to see Humpback and Finback whales breaching the water. Bird lovers will have the chance to view many different species including Kittiwakes and Purple Sandpipers.
A great place to share an outdoor lunch with the family, Quoddy Head State Park has many picnic areas for visitors to enjoy during the summer months. Some fun actives that many families enjoy doing include beachcombing for seashells, kite flying, biking along the beach and bird watching. The park is open during daylight hours from spring until fall (from May 15th to October 15th). The park also welcomes winter time visitors but should keep up with snow and weather reports in the area before making plans. A few park rules are in place including a leash rule for all pet owners. Pets are more than welcome in the park but remember to keep them on leash less the 4 feet at all time. Another rule that everyone should follow is the trash rule. Remember that everything you carry into the park including your trash must be carried out when you leave.
So if you are looking for a weekend getaway that is perfect for the family and you’re a fan of Maine light houses, why not visit Quoddy Head State Park? The park is conveniently located just four miles off of Route 189 in the quaint little town of Lubec, Maine. When you get to the park remember to have fun and enjoy your day out in the great outdoors.