Wood Island Lighthouse
Wood Island Lighthouse
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The Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse offers tours Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday during July & August. Board the Light Runner for the short ride out to the island. Restored to 1906, you'll learn about the exciting history of the island, lighthouse & its keeper’s house. Reservations may be made after June 1 of each year at our website. Tours fees are $35 for those 13 and above and $20 for those under 13. Tours involve a 1/2 mile walk on a boardwalk each way. Sturdy footwear with closed heel or strap is required for safety.
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Passport44142143878
2 contributions
Jul 2022
The Wood Island Lighthouse tour was one of the highlights of our vacation to Maine this summer! It is truly a historical gem! It has been lovingly restored to the early 1900's timeframe. The period furnishings and linens are beautiful. The stories that were shared by our guides of the lighthouse keepers and their families were very interesting and made history come alive. Being able to climb all the way up to the lighthouse lenses and then crawling out to the outside perimeter was an amazing experience. The view was breathtaking. To take the tour, you must sign up online. Reservations are taken I believe starting at the beginning of June for their season of July & August tours. Thank you Friends of the Wood Island Lighthouse!!
Written August 2, 2022
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Bucketlist47
Stratham, NH163 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Fascinating history and stunning views! Well informed and friendly docents make this tour a memorable experience! Easy boat ride out to the island drops you off at the boardwalk that leads you to the lighthouse through gorgeous Goldenrod, trees and marsh grasses. Be sure to hike the 65 steps of the winding spiral staircase to the top of the lighthouse where you can walk out on the platform to get a 365° view of the coastline. Beautiful lighthouse and furnishings inside the lighthouse keepers’ house mimicking the furniture and fixtures that were in place when it was inhabited.
Written August 28, 2022
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Holly G
5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
What a beautiful place! A lovely 10-15 minute boat ride with very friendly and knowledgeable tour guides brings you to the island. It’s a short half-mile walk up a boardwalk from there to the lighthouse.
At the lighthouse there is time to tour the beautifully restored keepers home and climb the tower (ages 10+ and proper footwear is required per their website). The views at the top are breathtaking and the tour guide took lots of pictures for us.
We could have stayed all day, but we had to catch the boat back which was bringing the next tour along.
All tours are guided by volunteers who kept us well-informed, entertained, safe and on schedule. Thank you all for a wonderful time!
Written September 10, 2022
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Eric S
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Unfortunately my elderly mother booked this non refundable trip to the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse. After arriving and Signing the release we were told we needed different footwear for the boat trip. Did I mention we signed the the release! The, Karen named Amy stated we could try going to this corner market and see if they had duct tape or potential shoes for sale. Friends, there isn't any options at this location, Be Warned to bring at least one or two changes of shoes/sneakers to ensure you meet their Standards! Did I mention we signed the the release!

Didn't up going due to their zero tolerance, nor did we get our money back (5 of us).

Good luck Friends of Wood Island. Book while they're still in business.
Written August 27, 2022
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We are very sorry that you were unable to complete your trip. All of our literature, including website descriptions of the tour and confirmation letters state that footwear with closed heel or strap is required. We do this, and have had this same requirement for 18 seasons, for the safety of our guests. Boarding the boat on a rocky beach, disembarking on the ramp at the island, walking the boardwalk and climbing the stone steps of the tower can pose risks with “flip flops.” Our staff person was not being difficult , but was following our policy of many years and did offer an option that some guests have taken in the past.
Written October 21, 2022
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Elmer D
Cincinnati14 contributions
Aug 2022
This is not the tour if you can not sprint the 12 mile from the boat loaunch to the light house. Forget ADA compilance anything, I had walking stick and all I heard is can you pick up the pace. No enjoying the foliage found and the guide are not familiar enough to recognize anything past obvious goldenrod or bayberry.

There landing craft needs serious work and should not have been deployed.

With a soreknee and back this was not the sprint I was looking for... -3 out of 10.
Written August 30, 2022
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We are sorry that you felt rushed. As specified in our literature, our tours do require guests to walk across the approximately 1/2 mile boardwalk going to and from the lighthouse. For safety, we try to keep our guests together with the guide who carries a radio. You are mistaken about our boat, it was completely renovated in 2021 and was fully inspected by the Coast Guard in the spring of 2022.
Written October 21, 2022
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A1089DXdeniseh
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Had wonderful 4th visit to Wood Island Light on tours that took place over several years. Each time more of the lighthouse is available to be toured thanks to the hard work of the volunteers. The narration from the guides expanded so I learn more about the lives of the people who kept the light shining. A baby seal sighting was a bonus this time. You should definitely sign up for this treasure of a tour. And you should support the Friends of Wood Island light even if you are not able to make the tour. They are doing great things,
Written August 26, 2021
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torrij2000
Ogunquit, ME22 contributions
Aug 2022
Thank you SO much for a wonderful day and adventure at Wood Island Light. The access given on this tour of the tower and the house were incredible. Our tour guides John and Dawn were delightful, filled with fun facts and stories of the island and their residents over the years. Thank you Dawn for taking so many great pictures we will cherish forever. The small size of these tours contributed to an amazing individualized maine lighthouse experience.
Written August 12, 2022
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MaineMountainOwl
Maine287 contributions
Jul 2021
We only saw this 47-ft (14.3 m) tall, conical, white lighthouse (built 1808) from the vantage point of East Point Sanctuary in Biddeford Pool. From a distance, the light-keeper’s house appeared to be weather-beaten and somewhat derelict. Be sure to bring a zoom lens or binoculars if hoping to view it up close. Be aware of poison ivy and deer ticks on Sanctuary trails. We’ll be looking for a way to visit the island and its light on the Lightrunner on future trips to Saco Bay.
Written July 23, 2021
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It is unfortunate that you saw Wood Island Lighthouse from over a mile away rather than on one of our tours, where you can see the fully restored and furnished property. From such a distance, the black security screens mandated by the Coast Guard do give the house a dark look, but close up, it is in great shape.
Written October 21, 2022
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GrandTour146003
5 contributions
Aug 2021
It is such a wonderful tour. The view was fantastic, the lighthouse is well maintained with great history displayed. The island is just so beautiful, and so is the view of the ocean. Thank you all the friends of Wood Island, you have done such great job and your work is so worthwhile. I was also moved by your efficiency and friendliness. The whole tour was very well organized. I felt so lucky that I have found their website and joined the tour. I constantly thought of my tour to the island and the lighthouse, I will keep the memory forever.
Written August 12, 2021
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,113 contributions
Jul 2020
The address here does being you to a parking lot that you can barely see the wood lighthouse for the distance on the right. You have to get a boat in order to see this lighthouse. There is a boat launch and a very unkempt port-a-potty. A whole 5 minutes to looks at this and parking is a very small lot.
Written July 31, 2020
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