Tours & Motor Coach Information

Portland Head Light vista - Photo by: Gordon Holman
Portland Head Light vista

For Motor Coach and Tour Operators

Portland Head Light/Fort Williams Park welcomes buses and tours to visit our museum, Fort Williams Park, and Portland Head Light.

Fort Williams Park charges a fee of $135.00 for each tour bus, and $25.00 for each commercial passenger van, per visit entering the park.

For your convenience, we have published below a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and a Motor Coach Reservation form which can be filled out online.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for Motor Coach and Tour Operators

Cape Elizabeth is the home of Portland Head Light. Situated along the shores of Fort Williams Park, the popular landmark is owned and managed by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  We wish to thank you in advance for assisting us in taking care of this national treasure.  - Matthew Sturgis, Town Manager

I’d like to bring a group to visit the Lighthouse. Are there any fees?
Yes, there is a $135.00 fee per motor coach and $25.00 per commercial passenger van.  Pre-payment is suggested and can be accomplished in three easy steps:

  1. Complete the online reservation form and parking permits from our website. The permit, one for each visit, should be presented to the greeter upon arrival.
  2. Fax the reservation form to 207-799-1841, Re: Fort Williams Park Motor Coach Fee
  3. Mail a check for the fee total, payable to "Fort Williams Parking Fee", to P.O. Box 6260, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107.

Alternately, payment may be made on site the day of the visit, but we encourage pre-payment to speed your visit. Please contact Kathleen Raftice, Director of Community Services and Fort Williams Park, or Chris Cutter, Fort Williams Park Coordinator; or call 207-799-2868 weekdays with any questions about how to pre-pay your fees.

What is Fort Williams Park?
Fort Williams Park was once a former military installation that was purchased by the Town of Cape Elizabeth in 1964 through the General Services Administration.

Where is Portland Head Light?
Portland Head Light is located inside Fort Williams Park. The Town acquired the property from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1993.

Where should visitors be dropped off in Park?
All buses should proceed to one of 12 parking spaces reserved for motorcoaches in the Central Parking Lot. Passengers get off the buses there and walk approximately 200 yards to the lighthouse on the paved walkway. Railings and benches are available along the walkway for those needing assistance.

Buses remain in the parking space until passengers have returned from their visit.

Are there restrooms available in the Park?
There are no permanent restrooms in the park. The Town utilizes portable restrooms that are cleaned and inspected daily. They are located throughout the park, with multiple units located between the Central Parking Lot and the Portland Head Light.

Why is the town charging a fee to visit the Lighthouse? 
For generations visitors have enjoyed Fort Williams Park, the Lighthouse, and the spectacular views that this property offers.  In order to make this a memorable experience for the many more visitors still yet to discover our amazing park we must continue to invest in it.  All proceeds from the fees collected will be used for improvements to the park property. Among upcoming improvements in the park are: safety improvements along the cliff walk adjacent to Portland Head Light, improved pedestrian circulation throughout the park, restoration of historical structures and views, and expanded parking.

Where is Fort Williams Park Located?
Fort Williams Park is located at 1000 Shore Road. From the north, or Interstate 295 in Portland, take Route 77 south to South Portland. Go left on Broadway, then right on Cottage Road for 2 miles, until you reach the park entrance. Cottage Road becomes Shore Road at the Cape Elizabeth town line. Approaching from the south, take Route 1 north to Oak Hill in Scarborough. Go right on Route 207, then left on Route 77 north to Cape Elizabeth. Turn right at the flashing blinker on to Shore Road. The park entrance is 2.4 miles from the Shore Road/Route 77 intersection. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. See a map, and get more info on our Contact page.

How much time should I allow for a visit? 
Plan on one-hour for a visit to the Lighthouse, Museum and Gift Shop. The Town operates a gift shop and museum on the property, which is open daily from June - October from 10:00 to 4:00 PM. It is open weekends only, starting mid April into May and then again from November into mid December. Group visits can be arranged for the museum by contacting Jeanne Gross at directoratphl@gmail.com or by calling 207-799-2661.


Portland Head Light & Fort Williams Park
1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME
207-799-2661
www.portlandheadlight.com

Fort Williams Park
c/o Community Services
P.O. Box 6260
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
207-799-2868
www.capecommunityservices.org