Guide to Lighthouse Boat Tours
and Ferries in Massachusetts

(Heading eastward from Buzzards' Bay, around Cape Cod, within Boston Harbor, and then up the North Shore)

cape cod light

Cape Cod (Highland) Light

Below is a list of boat tours and cruises that offer specific lighthouse cruises around Buzzard's Bay, Cape Cod, Boston Harbor, and along the north shoreline of Massachusetts, here in New England. You may find while some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some will pass by specific lighthouses as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions. For additional convenience, you'll also find ferry info that provides access to some of the islands you will find lighthouses stationed. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!

Buzzard's Bay

Cape Cod

Ferries to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

Boston Harbor

North Shore

Directions to Boston's Waterfront

 

Boat Tour in Buzzard's Bay Area

palmer's island light

Palmer's Island Light

Whaling City Expeditions
Offers narrated cruises around New Bedford Harbor, and provides a a narrated sunset cruise that passes closely by Palmer's Island Light.

120 Front Street
New Bedford, MA 02741
(508) 98-4979

Lighthouse: Palmer’s Island 

 

 

 

Boat Tours for Lighthouses on Cape Cod

nauset light

Nauset Light

 

Liberté, The Schooner
Three-masted sailing schooner departs 3 times a day from Falmouth Harbor, sailing around Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven.
227 Clinton Avenue
Falmouth , MA 02540
Phone: (508) 524-9121
Fax: (508) 548-1569
E-mail: Theliberte@aol.com

Lighthouses: Nobska Lighthouse, East Chop Lighthouse, West Chop Lighthouse

 

 

Catboat Rides
Sailing cruises include Hyannis Harbor.
PO Box 458
Hyannis Port, Mass. 02647
(508) 775-0222
(800) 308-1837

Lighthouses: Hyannis Harbor Lighthouse, Point Gammon Lighthouse

 

 

Monomoy Island Excursions
They provide wildlife refuge tours that pass by the Monomoy Point Lighthouse. Wildlife and lighthouse tours around Chatham Lighthouse and Stage Harbor Lighthouse are also offered. You can also schedule a ferry service to to Nantucket Island.

702 Main Street
Route 28
Harwich Port, Massachusetts 02646
(508) 430-7772
Email: monomoy2@verizon.net

Lighthouses: Monomoy Point Lighthouse, Chatham Lighthouse, Stage Harbor Light

 

 

Monomoy Island Ferry
In addition to offering fishing and wildlife tours, their Harbor Seal Cruise allows you to visit the Monomoy Point Lighthouse (minimum 6 people).
(508) 945-5450
KeithLincoln@comcast.net

Lighthouse: Monomoy Point Lighthouse

 

 

Chatham Water Tours
View seals, Chatham's fishing fleet, Shore Road homes, North Beach, and Chatham Light. Departs from Chatham Fish Pier. You'll find all tours pass by Chatham lighthouse.

54 Barcliff Road Extension
Chatham, MA, 02633
(508) 237-2564

Lighthouse: Chatham Lighthouse

 

 

 

Beachcomber Boat Tours
Seal watching excursions that pass near Chatham light.
P.O. Box 42
North Chatham, MA 02650
(508)945-5265
E-mail: sealtours@aol.com

Lighthouse: Chatham Lighthouse

 

 

 

Flyer's Boat Yard
Rents kayaks and also provides hourly shuttle service to and from Long Point. Where you can get off and explore the sandy area and tall grasses around Long Point Lighthouse. The alternative is to take a 3-mile hike to the lighthouse from town over 1 mile of breakwater, and two miles of soft sand during low tide, where you can also explore Wood End light at the end of the breakwater. Most visitors use the shuttle, the walk is strenuous (yep, I can vouch for that). They also offer a sunset cruise to also view the lighthouse.

131A Commercial Street
Box 561
Provincetown, Mass. 02657
Phone: (508) 487-0518

Lighthouse: Long Point Lighthouse

 

 

Schooner Bay Lady II
Sailing excursions from Provincetown Harbor to Cape Cod Bay may pass by the lighthouses.

20 Berry Lane
Provincetown, Mass. 02657
(508) 487-9308
info@sailcapecod.com

Lighthouses: Long Point Lighthouse, Wood End Lighthouse

 

 

 

Trustees of Reservations:
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge / Wasque Reservation
Jeep tours of Cape Poge Lighthouse and wildlife refuge area. Kayak tours available to get views from the water.


Dike Road,
Chappaquiddick Island,
Martha's Vineyard, MA
508-627-7689

Lighthouse: Cape Poge Lighthouse

 

 

 

New England Lighthouses

 

topTop

 

Massachusetts Island Ferries

These ferries will take you to the islands where you can hike, bike, or drive to some stationed lighthouses. Many will provide access to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island as vacation destinations. On this popular island you can take your car on the ferry, which is quite expensive, or bike, rent a scooter, or take a taxi to various lighthouse on each island. Some ferries will also pass by lighthouses to get some fairly close views out of busy harbors.

brant point light

Brant Point Light

 

Seastreak
Ferry from New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard

49 State Pier
New Bedford, MA 02740
(866) 683 3779

Passes By These Lighthouses: Palmer Island Lighthouse, Butler Flats Lighthouse, Clark’s Point Lighthouse

 

 

Hy-Line Cruises
Ferry service from Hyannis on the Cape to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard; also provides a ferry service from Nantucket Island to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.
220 Ocean Street Dock
Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601
Information: (508) 778-2600
Oak Bluffs (508) 693-0112
Hyannis-Nantucket ferry (508) 778-2602

 

 

Island Queen
Ferry from Falmouth, Mass. to Martha's Vineyard
297 Dillingham Avenue,
Falmouth, MA 02540.
Phone (508) 548-4800. 

 

 

Steamship Authority
Ferries to both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard islands.

Vehicle Reservations Call: (508) 477-8600
Office Hours or (508) 693-9130
Fast Ferry Reservations: (508) 495-FAST (3278)
Woods Hole: (508) 548-3788
Vineyard Haven: (508) 693-0367
Oak Bluffs: (508) 693-0125
Hyannis: (508) 771-4000
Nantucket: (508) 228-0262

 

 

Rhode Island to Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry
Ferry from Quonset Point, Rhode Island to Oak Bluffs Marina on a high-speed catamaran.
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-295-4040
Fax: 401-295-4930
info@vineyardfastferry.com

 

 

 

Freedom Cruise Line
Ferry from Harwich Port Mass. to Nantucket
702 Main Street - Route 28
Harwich Port, Massachusetts 02646
(508) 432-8999

 

Bay State Cruises
Ferries from Boston to Provincetown
200 Seaport Blvd.
Suite 75
Boston, Mass. 02210
(877) 783-3779

Passes By These Lighthouses: Long Point Lighthouse, Wood End Lighthouse

 

 

Chappaquiddick Ferry
Operates between Edgartown Memorial Wharf and Chappaquiddick Island daily, year-round. (508) 627-9427

Lighthouse on Marthas Vineyard: Cape Poge Lighthouse


topTop

 

 

Boat Tours for Lighthouses Around Plymouth
and Boston Harbor

These vessels will take you around Boston Harbor and sometimes offer tours that allow you to explore some of the islands. Some also offer scenic harbor and nature cruises, deep sea fishing and whale watching, special dinner and sunset cruises, along with special lighthouse cruises.


graves light

Graves Light

 

Plymouth Harbor Cruises
Special harbor, event, and dinner cruises offered around Plymouth Harbor aboard the Pilgrim Belle, a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler that operates in the summer season. Provides special lighthouse trip to Duxbury Pier Light.

77 Water St.
Plymouth, MA
(508) 747-3434

Lighthouses: Plymouth (Gurnet) Light (sometimes), Duxbury Pier Lighthouse

 

 

Boston Harbor Islands
Escorted trips by the park rangers are provided to Little Brewster Island, and sometimes visitors can climb Boston light. Boat trips run every weekend during the summer out to Little Brewster Island where you can see and climb up the tower of Boston Harbor Light. Boston Light Tours begin on June 17th and run through October 2nd. Tours depart from the Moakley Courthouse dock on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. 

(617) 223-8666
(617) 223-8676

Lighthouses: Boston Harbor Light, Long Island Head Light, Graves Light

 

 

Boston Harbor Cruises
In addition to providing many types of cruises around Boston Harbor and its nearby lighthouses, they offer a special Northern Lights tour from Boston Harbor up along the North Shore, co-sponsored with the Friends of Boston Harbor Islands. During the summer months they are offering a new Lighthouse Brunch Cruise, which include Graves Light, Deer Island Light, Boston Light and Long Island Light.

One Long Wharf
Boston, Mass. 02110
(617) 223-8666
(877) 733-925

 


Friends Of Boston Harbor Islands
Besides Boston Harbor tours, there are also the Southern Lighthouse Tour, and the Northern Lighthouse tours (North Shore) offered.

349 Lincoln Street
Hingham MA 02043
Phone: (781) 740 4290
Fax: (781) 749 9924
E-mail: fbhi@earthlink.net

Lighthouses: Boston Harbor Light, Long Island Head Light, Deer Island Light, Graves Light, Minot's Ledge Light, Marblehead Light, Ten Pound Island Light, Fort Pickering Lighthouse, Hospital Point Light, Eastern Point Lighthouse, Bakers Island Light, Gurnet Light, Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse, Thacher Island Twin Lights, and Scituate Lighthouse.

 

 

Boston's Waterfront Directions

Directions to Boston's Rowes Wharf for Harbor Cruises:


Directions to Boston's Long Wharf for Harbor Cruises

topTop

 

 

 

Boat Tours for Lighthouses
in the North Shore Area
(Salem, Gloucester, and Newburyport)

These boats will take you north of Boston Harbor around Salem, Gloucester, and Newburyport Harbors. They sometimes offer tours that allow you to explore some of the nearby islands. Some also offer scenic harbor and nature cruises, deep sea fishing and whale watching, special dinner and sunset cruises, along with special lighthouse cruises. Boston Harbor Cruises and Friends of Boston Harbor offer Northern Lights tours along the North Shore. The From Salem Harbor, many fishing and whale watching tours pass by Derby Wharf and Fort Pickering lighthouses. In Gloucester Harbor, many whale watching tours pass by Eastern Point Light, and sometimes Ten Pound Island, Straitsmouth, and Thacher island Lights.

 

plum island light

Newburyport (Plum Island) Light

 

Boston Harbor Cruises
In addition to providing many types of cruises around Boston Harbor and its nearby lighthouses, they offer a special Northern Lights tour from Boston Harbor up along the North Shore, co-sponsored with the Friends of Boston Harbor Islands.

One Long Wharf
Boston, Mass. 02110
(617) 223-8666
(877) 733-925

349 Lincoln Street
Hingham MA 02043
Phone: (781) 740 4290
Fax: (781) 749 9924
E-mail: fbhi@earthlink.net

Lighthouses Seen on Northern Lights Tour: Marblehead Light, Ten Pound Island Light, Fort Pickering Lighthouse, Hospital Point Light, Eastern Point Lighthouse, Bakers Island Light, Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse, and Thacher Island Twin Lights.

 

 

Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters
Among daily cruises in Salem Harbor, they provide specialized lighthouse cruises as part of their Early Summer Lighthouse Cruise and the Lighthouse Fall Foliage and Chowda Cruise.

P.O. Box 3063
Salem, MA
Phone: (800) 992-MAHI (6244)
E-mail: info@mahicruises.com

Lighthouses: Derby Wharf Light, Fort Pickering Lighthouse, Hospital Point Lighthouse, Baker's Island Light, and Marblehead Lighthouse.

 

Sea Shuttle
The Salem Sound Tour provides close views of Baker’s Island, Fort Pickering, and Hospital Point lighthouses on a motor catamaran. There is an annual lighthouse tour in August. Besides nature tours, they also have a drop off tour at Misery Islands, let you explore, and then pick you up.

Phone: (888) 400-0601
E-mail: info@sea-shuttle.com
Website: sea-shuttle.com

Lighthouses: Derby Wharf, Fort Pickering, Hospital Point

 

Essex National Heritage Area
This is a non-profit organization that offers lighthouse tours to explore Baker’s Island Lighthouse. Tours are provided during the summer months.

10 Federal Street, Suite 12, Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 740-0444
Website: essexheritage.org/boat

Lighthouse: Baker’s Island

 

Sailing Schooner Fame
Replica of an early 1800’s schooner for sailing around Salem Harbor.

Pickering Wharf Marina
(978) 729-7600
Fax (978) 561-3021
schoonerfame@aol.com

Lighthouses: Derby Wharf Light, Fort Pickering Lighthouse, Hospital Point Lighthouse

 

Thacher Island Association
Trip offered to explore Thacher Island and guest accommodations are provided to stay overnight on the island.
P.O.Box 73
Rockport, MA 01966
Launch (978) 546-7697
Guest Apartment (617) 599-2590
E-Mail: info@thacherisland.org

Lighthouses: Thacher Island Twin Lights, Eastern Point Light, Annisquam Light, Straitsmouth Island Light, and Ten Pound Island Light

 

 

Cape Ann Harbor Tours
In addition to its lobstering and harbor tours, they provide a special Cape Ann Lighthouse Cruise all along Cape Ann.

P.O. Box 719
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-1979
Email info@capeannharbortours.com.

Lighthouses: Annisquam Light, Eastern Point Light, Ten Pound Island Light, Straitsmouth Island Light, and Thatcher Island Twin Lights.


My 300-page book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions you can explore, and tours.

Look inside!

 

topTop