Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbor Cruise

2.5 hours | Newport | N P T - 6 1 0
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Points of Interest

  • Newport's Rocky Coastline
  • Rose Island Lighthouse
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Board your vessel conveniently located at the tender pier, and enjoy a scenic harbor cruise to the restored 1870 Rose Island Lighthouse. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of Newport's legendary rocky coastline and commentary by your captain, who will point out important landmarks and recount the area's rich maritime history. The Rose Island Lighthouse stands proudly as you dock on the petite, 18-acre island in Narragansett Bay. Built in 1869, this lighthouse was in use for over a century, lit by civilians and then by the U.S. Coast Guard. Abandoned in 1971, the lighthouse fell victim to vandals and harsh weather. In 1993, volunteers restored it to its original condition and the beacon was joyously lit. The lighthouse is once again listed on navigational charts to aid sailors and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Explore the lighthouse station and living museum from its windmill to its cellar cistern as your guide recounts tales of bygone lighthouse keepers and their families. Built on Rose Island during the Revolutionary War, Fort Hamilton protected Newport from attack until the end of WWII. Today it is a wildlife refuge and home to migrating birds including little blue herons, black crowned night herons, great and snowy egrets, and glossy ibises. It is the primary nesting site for Canadian geese. When you complete your exploration of this scenic area, the cruise vessel will bring you back to the tender pier.

Special Notes:

This tour will operate rain or shine. Since Rose Island is exposed to weather, we suggest you wear comfortable non-slip footwear as well as a Windbreaker or rain jacket. This tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition. To explore Rose Island, there is walking involved.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from the tender pier via vessel to Rose Island

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:50
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
10
Steps:
4
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Arrive at Rose Island for visit of lighthouse

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
01:10
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
35
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Depart Rose Island back to the ship

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30