Apr 16, 2018 to Apr 24, 2018
Our comprehensive tour of 27 Gulf Coast lighthouses begins with our welcome dinner in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Our first full day will be a real adventure as we cruise out of Venice passing the remote lighthouses of the Mississippi bird-foot delta. After spending a second night in the French Quarter we will depart for the Port Pontchartrain and completely restored New Canal Lighthouses before crossing the longest bridge in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain causeway. Following our visit to the Tche-functe River Lighthouse and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum we will head east into Mississippi and Alabama. The Round Island Lighthouse in Pascagoula has been restored since our last visit and it is always interesting to climb the only lighthouse in the country that stands in the middle of a four lane highway (Biloxi Lighthouse). Boats will be required to reach the only two standing lighthouses in Alabama, Middle Bay and Sand Island. Our trip out to Middle Bay, one of only two screwpile lighthouses in the county in its original location, will be aboard the Joshua, a 72 foot gaff rigged sailing schooner. Continuing along Florida’s Forgotten Coast, stops will be made at lighthouses at Pensacola, St. Joseph Point (now with a lantern room), Cape St. George, Crooked River and the recently moved Cape San Blas Lighthouses. An early start the next day takes us to the St Marks Lighthouse and out to view our first of several off shore lights at Cedar Key. Boat trips to Anclote Key and Egmont Key complete our tour of these remote lighthouses. Our final day begins with a visit to the Boca Grande and Gasparilla Island Lighthouses for tours and lunch. In the afternoon our final lighthouse visit will be to the Sanibel Island Lighthouse. This tour is a great opportunity to spend a few extra days in New Orleans and reach some remote lighthouses as well as several that have been restored or moved in recent years. So escape the snow and gloom of winter and head to the Big Easy and Bourbon Street in April for a light-house trip that promises to be tres bien.
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