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Burnt Island Light Station

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Address: Entrance to Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, ME

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Amazing Lighthouse & Location

I live only ten minutes ride by kayak to Burnt Island Lighthouse and lucky to do so. You can paddle out using your own kayak or renting them from an outfit in the harbor or take a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boothbay Harbor, Maine, United States
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Boothbay Harbor, Maine, United States
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live only ten minutes ride by kayak to Burnt Island Lighthouse and lucky to do so. You can paddle out using your own kayak or renting them from an outfit in the harbor or take a tour. This tour is 2 days per week, worth the trip out alone. The trip through the house is fun to see how... More 

Thank BabblingBrooke99
Woodbridge, New Jersey
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4 reviews
Reviewed 10 October 2016

nice visit - love booth bay and the harbor area - would revisit next year and hope for warmer but look forward to next trip

Thank margjim81
Conway, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 September 2016

My husband and I kayaked out to the island yesterday it took us about an hour. Beautiful and very peaceful. We were the only ones on the island and enjoyed climbing on the rocks and looking at the great views. Relaxing!!!!

Thank erinwiggin12
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79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We've been coming here for years by our own boat. Often we can tie up to the dock or take a mooring and row in. Nice well-kept trails, with a clean bathroom, wonderful lighthouse, with great views of the harbor and beyond. There is even a pebble beach, and don't miss "plumber's rock". The island also houses an education center... More 

Thank AnchorAweigh
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

A short ferry ride gets you to the island .. the lighthouse and adjoining keeper's home have been lovingly restored to the 1940's and there are guides throughout. Also a great shore climb out on open rocks provides great views and challenge to get close to nature.

Thank PeterKussell
Virginia Beach, VA
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This tour is a reenactment of what it was like for a lighthouse keeper and his family to live on the island in the 1950s. It was very interesting and well-paced with some time afterwards to climb the lighthouse and take pictures. The climb in the lighthouse is narrow and steep, so not for some. The children, who took part... More 

Thank aretiredteacher
North Carolina
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

During the summer, you can go out to Burnt Island for a living history tour on Mondays or Thursdays. You take the Balmy Days cruise boat from Boothbay harbor. It is a brief 15 minute trip. At the lighthouse, volunteers re-create a living history of the lighthouse keeper's life. Visitors are divided into groups to tour different sections and everyone... More 

1 Thank NChoagie
Campbell, New Yorl
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

The adult and youth volunteers/presenters were authentic in portraying life on Burnt Island in the 1950's. It was a very fun and informative tour. Climbing the lighthouse was a nice added bonus.

Thank talldaddy13
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Burnt Island is one of several lighthouses in the Boothbay Harbor area. You can visit it by boat from the harbor itself - or you could swim or take a rowboat I presume! I don't recommend the swimming but suppose it's possible. It's a charming and historic place to visit, particularly late in the day when the light from the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We have summered at Boothbay for years and have never done this tour. What a great experience. They dress as the light keeper, Muise family, who were light keepers in the 1950's. The actors tell you the actual family actual stories from there time living on the island. All the actors are terrific and you will be blown away by... More 

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