Guide to Lighthouse Boat Tours
in New Hampshire

Portsmouth Harbor light

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Below is a list of boat tours and cruises that offer specific lighthouse cruises along Portsmouth Harbor, out to the Isles of Shoals, and inland around Lake Sunapee for three lighthouses out there. 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. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New Hampshire's shorelines. Enjoy!


New Hampshire Seacoast
and Isles of Shoals
Lighthouse Cruises


Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.
Portsmouth Harbor and Isles of Shoals tours. Dinner and nightlife cruises. Frequent lighthouse tours along Portsmouth Harbor, and out to the Isles of Shoals where you can walk around Star Island and get views of White Island Light.

315 Market Street,
P.O. Box 311
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-5500
(800) 441-4620

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), and Whaleback Lighthouse (ME)


Portsmouth Harbor Cruises
Portsmouth Harbor and Isles of Shoals tours
64 Ceres Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-8084
(800) 776-0915

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), Whaleback Lighthouse (ME)


Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses
Besides offering weekly tours of the tower of Portsmouth Harbor light in the summertime, including haunted lighthouse tours, they also organize special narrated sunset lighthouse cruises that pass by Portsmouth Harbor light, Whaleback light, and White Island (Isles of Shoals) light.
P.O. Box 8232
Portsmouth, NH 03802-5092
Phone: (603) 534-0537

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), and Whaleback Lighthouse (ME)


The Gundalow Company
For those who prefer a slower more quiet pace, take a sailing tour aboard the Piscataqua. She is a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottom gundalow barges that were used along local waterways to carry supplies. They have 2-hour afternoon, concert, sunset, and special event sails. They provide a narrated history of Portsmouth Harbor, nature tours, and pass by Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.

60 Marcy Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 433-9505

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH) and Whaleback Lighthouse (ME)

Sail NH
Sailboat charters to the Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth from Rye Harbor.
Contact: Captain Rick Philbrick
Malagar Group LLC
188 Bunker Hill Ave
Stratham NH 03885
Rye, NH
(603) 778-1372

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), and Whaleback Lighthouse (ME)


Island Cruises
Various tours to the islands along the Isles of Shoals. Stop over to eat at the Oceanic Hotel and explore Star Island.
Rye Harbor State Marina
Rte 1-A Ocean Blvd
P.O. Box 66
Rye, NH 03870
(603) 964-6446

Lighthouses: White Island Light (Isles of Shoals)


Granite State Whale Watch
Besides daily whale watching tours, they offer trips to the Isles of Shoals that provide close up views of White Island Lighthouse.
1870 Ocean Blvd
Rye, NH 03870
(603) 964-5545

Lighthouses: White Island Light (Isles of Shoals)


Cove Runner Coastline Cruises
Private intimate trips (up to 6 passengers) along the southern coast of Maine to destinations of your choice, in a smooth riding 23’ power catamaran, while enjoying seal sightings and other wildlife. Departs out of scenic Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine.

Captain Bob Spencer
(207) 216-2844

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), Whaleback Lighthouse (ME), Boon Island Lighthouse (ME), Nubble Lighthouse (ME)


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Directions to NH Seacoast Marinas

Directions to Rye Harbor Marina

From Rte 95 South:

Directions to Portsmouth Docks

From Route I-95:

Directions to Hampton State Pier

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Boat Tour: Lighthouses on Lake Sunapee, NH

Herrick Cove lighthouse

Herrick Cove Lighthouse
on Lake Sunapee

Not as well known as the two famous lighthouses on New Hamshire's coast, are three inland lighthouses on Lake Sunapee: Burkehaven Lighthouse, Loon Island lighthouse, and Herrck Cove Light. There is one boat that will take you around, and you can enjoy the restful area this large lake is situated in.


Sunapee Cruises

The The M.V. MT Sunapee II tour boat provides lighthouse tours on Lake Sunapee. The M.V. Kearsarge, which includes dinner cruises, runs various tours that go past the lighthouses. The M.V. Mt Sunapee runs a lighthouse and nature tour every day in the summer.

Sunapee Harbor, Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire 03782
Phone (603) 763-4030

Lighthouses: Burkehaven Lighthouse, Loon Island lighthouse, Herrck Cove Light



Directions to Sunapee Harbor

From this public boat launch you'll find the MV Mt. Sunapee II and the MV Kearsarge at the Town Dock in Sunapee Harbor.


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