Did you know Maine has a FREE  "Lighthouse Day" every year? It's happening this Saturday with lighthouses free and open to the public throughout the state. Sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism, and the American Lighthouse Foundation,  the free day draws between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors annually.

"This event is a wonderful way for visitors to experience the beauty of Maine's beaches and dramatic rocky coastline, while connecting with the maritime culture that is so integral to the character of coastal Maine," said Carolann Ouellette, director of the Maine Office of Tourism.

 All participating lighthouses will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to Maine.gov:

"With more coastal lighthouses than anywhere else in the nation, Maine is often referred to as “The Lighthouse State”. Beginning in 1791, lighthouses were built to help navigate mariners through dangerous waters and Maine’s many small islands, ledges and shoals. By the turn of the 20th century, at least 70 lighthouses guarded Maine’s seacoast, deepest rivers and even one lake. Today, 64 of these lighthouses still stand."