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)

Boston Harbor lighthouse

Boston Harbor Lighthouse

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 Lighthouse

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

Long Point light in Provincetown

Long Point Lighthouse


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

Lighthouses: Nobska Lighthouse, East Chop Lighthouse, West Chop 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

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

Lighthouse: Monomoy Point Lighthouse



Beachcomber Boat Tours
Seal watching excursions that pass near Chatham light.
P.O. Box 42
North Chatham, MA 02650
(508) 945-5265

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

Lighthouses: Long Point Lighthouse, Wood End Lighthouse



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


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



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


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

Lighthouse: Cape Poge Lighthouse



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

Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard: Cape Poge Lighthouse




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 lighthouse

Graves Lighthouse


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. Some boat trips run 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 mid- June and run through early October.  

(617) 223-8666

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



Boston Harbor Cruises
Currently providing many types of cruises around Boston Harbor and its nearby lighthouses                                      , which include Graves Light, Boston Light, and Long Island Light.

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


Friends Of Boston Harbor Islands
Involved in preservation of Boston Harbor islands and local lighthouses.

349 Lincoln Street
Hingham MA 02043
Phone: (781) 740 4290
Fax: (781) 749 9924

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



Boston's Waterfront Directions

Directions to Boston's Rowes Wharf for Harbor Cruises:

Directions to Boston's Long Wharf for Harbor Cruises



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. 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.


Bakers Island light

Bakers Island Light




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)

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



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

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

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

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

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 plenty of lighthouse and boat tours.

Look inside!

book of lighthouses, tours, attractions, and contact information in southern New England




You can order any of these books, and I'll be happy to personally sign them and ship to you anywhere inside the United States. You can also order from the publisher, Schiffer Books, who can ship anywhere globally.



New England Lighthouses: Shipwrecks, Rescues, and Other Tales

Price is lower at $24.95 if purchased here. Enjoy!


Table of Contents

You'll find over 50 famous stories, researched from newpsper accounts and other books to provide accurate details in my book New England Lighthouses: Famous Shipwrecks, Rescues, and Other Tales. The book also contains, along with my photographs, paintings by six famous artists for the Coast Guard, and vintage images from the Coast Guard, museums, special collectors, and historical societies who all wanted to contribute to this book.