At our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, we get asked often about taking a Maine Lighthouse Tour, and have always suggested that visitors go see the majestic structures that grace (and protect) our coastline. But now you can actually enjoy a tour! Just a few minutes out Route 9 lies the city of Biddeford, a former mill town. But a quaint district, called
Biddeford Pool, neighbors Goose Rocks Beach and is home to an adorable Maine Lighthouse. It’s even reportedly the smallest in Maine! This summer, what could be more fun than taking your family on a boat ride to Wood Island, followed by a lighthouse tour?
So after breakfast at our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, head off to Biddeford Pool and catch a boat to Wood Island Light. Since 2004, volunteers have made it possible for visitors to enjoy the opportunity to tour a Maine Lighthouse, and summer 2011 is no exception. So take advantage of the ability to visit this picturesque lighthouse and learn about its vibrant history. Since the last keeper left their post at Wood Island Light station in 1986, there have been limited opportunities to visit this historic station. But now you can enjoy tours at 10 and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday (though additional tours will be available at 1 and 2 p.m. on August 6).
Before our high tech world, these powerful lights and their keepers were the only way for boats to be safely guided into or out of harbors, especially those treacherously flanked by rocks like those along the Maine coastline. While this tour is geared for visitors of all ages, children are sure to get a kick out of such an old-fashioned technology. It seems unfathomable that not long ago our waters were navigated by just these beams of light, but for a kiddo, it will be mind-boggling! Not only will you enjoy two lovely boat ride, but you will have a chance to tour the two-story keeper’s house connected to a 42 –foot stone tower. Learn a bit about Maine seafaring history and enjoy the great outdoors while exploring the 32-acre island in Saco Bay at the mouth of the Saco River. Plus, because the island is uninhabited by humans, it has become home to a multitude of avian creatures. In fact, it is now a bird sanctuary, primed for watching and exploring during your trip to the island. Best of all, this Maine Lighthouse Tour does not come with a required entrance fee, although a donation of $10 per person is highly encouraged, as the lighthouse needs substantial restoration. Reservations are required. Call 207 286 3229 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week you wish to visit.