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Rhode Island Lighthouses:
Narragansett Bay Western Side
and South Coast

beavertail light

Narragansett, Westerly, North Kingston, Warwick, Wickford,
and Jamestown


Photo Gallery of Rhode Island West Side Lights

Conanicut Island and Prudence Island, along with many smaller islands divided Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay into two channels, the East Passage and the West Passage. With so many dangerous ledges and islands along the Narragansett Bay area and with Rhode Island’s rocky coastline, lighthouses were built to guide mariners and shipping traffic from Newport up into Providence. There are currently 21 lighthouses in total within Rhode Island to view.

The areas surrounding Jamestown (and Newport on the eastern side) became places for the extremely rich who made their fortunes in the 19th century, many from the whaling industry, and many as part of the infamous Triangle Trade where African slaves were traded in the West Indies for sugar and molasses, which was used for rum in Newport.

Point Judith, in Narragansett, guided many mariners along one of the most foggiest and dangerous areas on the coast, known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". Watch Hill Light, the second oldest lighthouse, located on the most western edge of Rhode Island, guided mariners away from Westerly's treacherous rocky shoreline in stormy weather. Both areas resulted in many shipwrecks and maritime disasters, claiming many lives from those dangerous rocks and ledges.

 

New England Lighthouses

 

Rhode Island Lighthouses in the West Side Region Visitors Can Drive Or Hike To

Note: The lighthouses mentioned below that you can drive to can also be viewed from various boat tours offered below.

Click any lighthouse link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.

 


Best Viewed by Boat:
Rhode Island Lighthouses in the Western Region

Click any lighthouse link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.

 

poplar point light

Poplar Point Light

 

plum beach light

Plum Beach Light

 

conimicut light

Conimicut Light

 

 

 

 

Places to Visit
Rhode Island's West Side (heading northeast)

Westerly is a quaint resort area with its beaches and golf courses. The outer grounds of historic Watch Hill lighthouse are open to the public.

Narragansett is known as having four of the best beaches in Rhode Island. You can also visit the grounds year round of Point Judith Lighthouse.

Jamestown is a quaint island community connected by bridges from the Newport area to Conanicut Island. The grounds of Beavertail Lighthouse, located in Beavertail State Park for picnicking and hiking.

Gilbert Stuart Museum - The first Colonial tobacco mill.

Nearby, Newport across the bridge from Jamestown, has plenty of attractions for tourists to visit and explore, like some of the famous elaborate mansions from America’s 19th and 20th centuries.

Wickford is a small coastal village that provides picturesque waterfront streets. In Wickford, there are diverse museums nearby like Smith’s Castle, The Gilbert Stuart Museum, The Seebee Museum, and The Casey Farm.

Warwick, provides plenty of recreational activities in its parks to enjoy along its nearly 40 miles of coastline.

As part of Rhode Island's Greenways system of hiking and biking trails, the Coventry Greenway is a 5-mile unpaved hiking trail along a former railway line that extends from Warwick, to Coventry.

Goddard State Park in Warwick, is Rhode Island's most popular "metropolitan" park with trees from all over the world. The Warwick Heritage Trail system is where you'll find plenty of examples of Victorian Era architecture. As you head out towards Warwick Harbor Lighthouse, you can also visit the Aldrich Mansion, a seventy room French chateau structure along the way.

For more artistic tastes, the Complements Art Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in New England, or visit the Historical Warwick Museum of Art that provides entertainment in the arts.

 

Boat Tours: Rhode Island's West Side Region: Westerly, Narragansett, Jamestown to Warwick

Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. 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. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!

 

Rhode Island Bay Cruises
Offers weekly lighthouse tours in season.Their narrated cruise covers 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses in Narragansett Bay along with a complete Newport Harbor Tour.

347 Roger Williams Way
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-4040
info@rhodeislandbaycruises.com

Lighthouses: Beavertail Lighthouse, Poplar Point Light, Plum Beach Lighthouse, Conanicut Light, Dutch Island Lighthouse, Plum Beach Light, Newport Harbor, Ida Lewis Light, Rose Island Light, Prudence Island Light, and Castle Hill Light.

 

Save the Bay Tours
Organization for lighthouse and coastal preservation provides Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Southern Bay Lighthouse Tour, and Providence Sunset Lighthouse Cruise. Include stopovers to tour inside lighthouse.
100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905
(401) 439-0670

Lighthouses:
Beavertail, Castle Hill, Lime Rock (Ida Lewis), Newport Harbor, Rose Island, Prudence Island, Hog Island, Bristol Ferry, Conanicut Point, Poplar Point, Plum Beach, Dutch Island, Nayatt Point, Pomham Rocks, Conimicut, and Warwick.

 

Snappa Charters
Offers specific lighthouse tours around Narragansett Bay and to Block Island in addition to other adventure tours.

(401) 782-4040
22 Colvintown Rd.
Coventry, RI 02816
Home (401) 821-7373
Boat/Cell (401) 487-9044
Email:snappacharters@cox.net

Lighthouses: Block Island Southeast, Block Island North, Watch Hill, and Point Judith, Beavertail, Castle Hill, Lime Rock (Ida Lewis) Light, Newport Harbor, Rose Island, Prudence Island, Hog Island, Bristol Ferry, Conanicut Point, Poplar Point, Plum Beach, and Dutch Island, Sakonnet, Nayatt Point, Pomham Rocks, Conimicut, and Warwick lighthouse.

 

 

Argia Mystic Cruises
Offers a special lighthouse 1/2 day cruise aboard an 81-foot sailing schooner.

Schooner Wharf
15 Holmes Street
Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: 860-536-0416
Fax: 860-536-0000

Lighthouses: Morgan Point, Mystic Seaport’s replica of Brant Point, North Dumpling (NY), Latimer Reef (NY), Race Rock (NY), New London Ledge, New London Harbor, Watch Hill (RI), and Avery Point

Air Services

Action Airlines,
(800) 243-8623

New England Airlines
Westerly State Airport,
Westerly, RI,
(401) 596-2460,
(800) 243-2460

Resort Air,
PO Box 577,
(800) 683-9330,
(401) 466-2000   

Maritime Airways,
(888) 229-4449

Shoreline Aviation,
New Haven CT,
(800) 468-8639

 

Additional Resources
For All You Rhode Island Visitors

Rhode Island Beaches

Rhode Island Attractions

Rhode Island State Parks

Rhode Island Marinas

Rhode Island Museums

Visit New England Site

Rhode Island Tide Charts

Rhode Island
Lighthouse List

 

My book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides lots of special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of additional indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours in the area, with contact info to plan your trip. I'll be happy to sign it for you here, or you'll find it in any fine bookstore.

In the book, with stories from each lighthouse, you'll find a few local special stories, like the two famous maritime disasters and rescues that occurred near Watch Hill lighthouse, the famous steamship Larchmont disaster, and the sinking of the Metis. Both events helped to spark travel safety precautions we use today.

Look inside!

 

 

 

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