Tours

OUR SUMMER TOURS WILL BE OVER NEXT WEEK ON AUGUST 30TH.  WE WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE COAST GUARD’S OPEN LIGHTHOUSE DAY ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND MAY BE MADE BY CALLING 207-200-4552. A VOLUNTEER WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING THE DAY AFTER LABOR DAY (SEPT. 2nd).

ONLINE RESERVATIONS: If you would like to register for an online reservation you may do so the week before you wish to go on a tour. The tours times will be live on the calendar starting Monday morning at 9 am and ending Friday afternoon at 5 pm. Please remember, when you are registering for a tour online, you are registering for the following weeks tours, check the date carefully. After you register, you will receive an e-mail with important information. When you answer that e-mail and establish communications with our reservation volunteer, then your reservation will be confirmed.

PHONE RESERVATIONS: You may make a phone reservations on the week you want to go only. We try to have volunteers covering the phone from Monday 9 am – about 4pm starting on Monday (of the week you wish to go) until Friday of that week.


A tour to Wood Island Lighthouse is run by the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse, an all voluneer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The lighthouse is located off the coast of Biddeford Maine and tours leave from Vine’s Landing in Biddeford Pool. The guided tour takes about 1 1/2 hours and is subject to Mother Nature and her weather and sea conditions.

When are the tours?

The tours are held in July and August:

Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am and 11am. Thursdays 5pm and 6pm.

Is the tower open on the tours?

Yes, the tower is open to those who wish to make the climb to the top, though only those who are 12 years old and older are allowed up.  The tower received a set of double handrails in 2008, making the journey to the top safe for lighthouse guests. Those who wish to access the tower, must read and follow the Tower Rules.

How do I get on a tour?

Advanced reservations are required for all of our lighthouse tours. Reservations may be made online through this website in late June 2014.

Online Reservations (click here)

Phone reservations (207-200-4552)

Phone line reservations will open June 30th.

 

Is there a charge for the tour?

There is no charge or admission for our tours. Rather, we appeal to our guests for donations by passing the hat on the tour and hope that you will agree that our suggested donation – $15 per person and $8 for children – is a great value for you and your family. We depend on your generosity and enthusiasm for the work we are doing to restore the lighthouse, archive its history and make it accessible for you and others in the future.

May my group schedule a special tour?

Based on volunteer availability, we are occasional able to provide groups with special tours to the island in July and August. In the past this has included senior groups, community groups, or family trips. During the busy summer months, we may add additional tours on scheduled tour days if there is a demand and FOWIL volunteers available.

How do I get there?

Drive to Vine’s Landing in Biddeford Pool.
Click here to view Directions
Click here to view Map
Click here to download Directions (Word Document).

I am coming from a long ways away – where can I stay overnight?
We suggest that you Google motels and Inns in Biddeford or Kennebunkport.
Would you like to see pictures of what a tour is like?

Click here to download “What is a Tour Like?” (Word document).