There are 21 lighthouse locations in Rhode Island. Here’s a list of Rhode Island lighthouses that visitors can drive, hike, or take a ferry to and explore the lighthouse tower and surrounding buildings themselves in some cases, and the lighthouse grounds. Links are also provided to each lighthouse page where you can find historic stories on a particular beacon, and places to visit near the light.
Drive or Hike to These
Rhode Island Lighthouses
(Heading Northeast then Southeast)
Watch Hill Light, Westerly, Rhode Island
From Route 1A in Avondale, stay on Watch Hill Road, right at Wauwinnett Street, left at Bay Street, park your car, then walk left on Larkin Street to Lighthouse Road.
Point Judith Light, 1470 Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island
From Route 1 in Wakefield, Route 108 South to Point Judith. At 4-way intersection, take right on Ocean Street to light.
Beavertail Light, Jamestown, Rhode Island
From Route 138 from North Kingston, over Jamestown Bridge, by Newport. Look for Gerry/Beavertail sign, then follow along stonewall to Beavertail State Park.
Warwick Harbor Light, Warwick, Rhode Island (private residence)
Take 117 East into Warwick, south on Warwick Neck Ave for 2 ½ miles to end.
Nayatt Point Light, Barrington, Rhode Island
Take 114 South, right on Runstick Street, right at Nayatt Street to Washington Street. Look for small paved road to shoreline, lighthouse is on your right.
Pomham Rocks Light, East Providence, Rhode Island
Take Exit 4 off Route 95 onto Route 103 by Riverside/Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Follow 5 miles to Bullocks Point to reach East Bay Bike Path by Washington Street.
Bristol Ferry Light, Bristol, Rhode Island
Take Route 144 South to Mount Hope Bridge, take Old Ferry Road past Roger Williams University.
Prudence Island Light, Prudence Island, Rhode Island
Take Bristol-Prudence Ferry on Church Street after Route 114. On the island, follow Narragansett Street one mile, then left on Landing Lane.
Newport Harbor Light, Newport, Rhode Island
Take 114 South in Newport, right on Admiral Kalbfus Street, left at Third Street, right at Sycamore Street, left at Washington Street, right at Goat Island Connector. Park at Hyatt Regency and ask permission to view the lighthouse on the grounds.
Castle Hill Light, Newport, Rhode Island
From Route 195, Route 138 South, onto Route 238 in Newport. Route 238 to Thames Street, right on Wellington Street, right on Harrison Street, right on Ridge Street, right on Castle Hill Street, left on Ocean Street, right on Castle Hill Street again to Castle Hill Resort. Park ad follow trail.
Sakonnet Light, Little Compton, Rhode Island
Follow Highway 77 fourteen miles to Sakonnet, look for a walled beach overlook.
Hike to These
Block Island Lighthouses
To access Block Island, you can take various shuttles from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including the Block Island Ferry.
Block Island North Light, Block Island, Rhode Island
Take Water Street, to Dodge Street, right at Corn Neck Street to the light.
Block Island Southeast Light, Block Island, Rhode Island
Take Water Street to the rotary, and then take Spring Street to Southeast Light Road to the light.
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 New England's most populated shoreline, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor coastal attractions you can explore, and lots of tours.