AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s seventh annual Open Lighthouse Day is taking place on Saturday.

Lighthouses throughout the state will be open to visitors free of charge.

The event is sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation. It draws 15,000 to 18,000 visitors annually with the unique opportunity to climb and learn about Maine’s historic lights.

All lighthouses will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Officials are excited to be providing this opportunity to the public.

“The public really looks forward to this event each year,” said Bob Trapani Jr., American Lighthouse Foundation executive director. “Though lighthouses are the ‘stars’ of Open Lighthouse Day, visitors also enjoy basking in the beauty of the Maine coast, which uniquely embraces each sentinel. You can’t beat it for a fun-filled family experience!”

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