Guide to Lighthouse Boat Tours
and Ferries in Rhode island

Rose Island lighthouseBeavertail light

Rose Island Lighthouse

(Heading Eastward)

Below is a list of boat tours and cruises that offer specific lighthouse cruises around Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay, Newport Harbor, and along the south shoreline of Rhode island, 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 access to lighthouses on Block Island, around Newport Harbor, and Watch Hill. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to Rhode Island’s shorelines. Enjoy!


Argia Mystic Cruises
Offers a special lighthouse 1/2 day cruise aboard an 81-foot sailing schooner out of Mystic Connecticut. Passes by Watch Hill Light.

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.



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

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

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.



Classic Cruises of Newport
Newport Harbor excursions aboard a newly restored Elco Motor Yacht, called the Rumrunner, built during prohibition in 1929 for local bootleggers, or go sailing on the 72-foot Schooner Madeleine. Both offer views by the Newport lighthouses. They have a special "Lighthouses and Mimosas" Cruise to view those lighthouses in the southern end of Narragansett Bay. Dockside/Reservations: (401) 847-0298

Lighthouses: Newport Harbor Light, Ida Lewis Light, Rose Island Light, and Castle Hill Light.


Snappa Charters
Offers three specific lighthouse tours around Narragansett Bay, with the 6 1/2 hour Narragansett Bay tour offering views of up to fifteen lighthouses. They also go to Block Island in addition to other adventure tours, like whale watching and shark cage diving.

(401) 782-4040
22 Colvintown Rd.
Coventry, RI 02816
Home (401) 821-7373
Boat/Cell (401) 487-9044

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.




Rhode Island Ferries

These Ferries will take you to the islands where you can hike to the stationed lighthouses. The Block Island ferries will get you to the dock, where can hike a mile to Block Island Southeast Light, then hike, or take a taxi to Block Island North Light. Some ferries allow you to bring your car but can be quite expensive. The Point Judith Dock allows you to visit Point Judith Light nearby.

Block Island North light

Block Island North Lighthouse


Davis Park Ferry Co.
Ferry from Patchogue, Long Island, to Watch Hill, Rhode Island. You can walk to Watch Hill Lighthouse from the dock.

(516) 475-1665
Fax (516) 289-2185

Lighthouses: Watch Hill Light



Bristol - Prudence Island Ferry
Ferry will take you to Prudence Island where you can walk a mile to Prudence Island (Sandy Point) Light. Also passes by Bristol Ferry Light.

Phone: (401) 253-9808

Lighthouses: Bristol Ferry Light, Prudence Island Light



Jamestown-Newport Ferry
Operates daily during the tourist season between Newport, Fort Adams, Rose Island, and Jamestown. Visitors and can be dropped off and picked up by the ferry.

One Ferry Wharf
Jamestown, RI 02835
Phone: (401) 423-9900 Boat: (401) 864-2985

Lighthouses: Rose Island Light and Newport Harbor Light


Block Island Ferry
(401) 783-4613
Block Island is accessible by ferry from Point Judith, RI.
Take Sandhill Cove Road from Point Judith Lighthouse, to Galilee ferry landing.

Ferry service to Block Island is also available from Montauk Point, NY and New London, CT.

Lighthouse: Point Judith


Block Island Express
Out of New London, CT
(860) 444-4624


Viking Ferry
Out of Montauk, NY
(631) 668-5700


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