Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours

Covid Requirements

  • We care about the safety and health of our guests, Docents, Captain and Mate. As a result, our Covid protocol is clearly posted on our web page and a wellness form for the lighthouse tour MUST accompany your liability release before you will be permitted to join the tour. The tour capacity is governed by the COVID-19 capacity limits according to the State of Maryland and Anne Arundel County guidelines and we reserve the right to change the limits at any time (up or down) in accordance with the prevailing limits in force.

Adventure Tour

  • Please be aware that the TPSL tour is considered an Adventure Tour. There are vertical steps and strenuous activity.  Your health and safety are of paramount concern. Please be sure you are physically capable of such activity before booking the tour.


  • There are vertical steps and limited space on the lighthouse. As a result, we are unable to accommodate service animals and/or pets. If you have an animal when you arrive at the registration table, you will not be allowed to board the boat and take the tour.

No Children

  • For the safety of our guests, no one under the age of 12 or shorter than 48” is allowed on the tour.  This rule will be strongly enforced. Please take note of this before booking your tour.

In the event you are turned away, your tour fee will be refunded

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Tour Details

Tours depart from Annapolis, Maryland. The specific dock is located at waters edge behind the Annapolis Maritime Museum located at 723 2nd St Annapolis, MD 21403. The vessel will be moored at the closest pier to the Horn Point Marina. In the extremely rare occasion that the cruise is cancelled due to weather or any other reason, then you will have the choice to receive a credit voucher for a future cruise or a refund. Remember, all money collected helps support the preservation of the lighthouse. Registration is on a first come first serve basis, so get your name in early!

Come see our lighthouse and the great work that the Chesapeake Chapter volunteers of the U.S. Lighthouse Society are doing to preserve this national treasure we all share!

Articles about the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse experience

  • Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Restoration Presidential Commendation - We are privileged to report that the U. S. Lighthouse Society and our Chesapeake Chapter were chosen to receive the Preserve America Steward Award, during the Society’s 25th anniversary year. The official letter from the White House designating us as a recipient was signed by Mrs. Bush on January 12, 2009
  • Thomas Point Shoal Article - Learn more about the history of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse in this article from our own Keeper's Log Magazine

The following is a video on Bob Stevenson, one of our loyal volunteers at the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

The much anticipated public tours of this National Historic Landmark and icon of the Chesapeake Bay are here! Now's your chance to tour the inside of this historic structure! You’ve seen it in pictures, viewed it from shore, maybe boated right by it. Now tour the interior of one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States, Thomas Point Shoal. You will be guided by one of our experienced lighthouse docents and learn the history of the light, the life of a keeper in the early days and the role of our modern-day Coast Guard. Built in 1875 and now a National Historic Landmark, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is the last "intact" lighthouse of its kind left in its original location.

Historic Tour Features

  • Learn about how lighthouse keepers lived
  • Learn about other lighthouses on the Bay and how many met their demise
  • Learn how the U.S. Lighthouse Society is restoring and preserving this lighthouse  


Purchase Tickets for our 2021 Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours 

Click this link to view our 2021 calendar and purchase tickets!

The duration of the tour is 1.5 hours and includes a 30 minute boat ride to the lighthouse, a docent led tour of the interior, and a 30 minute return boat ride. Tours depart from Annapolis, Maryland. The specific dock is located at waters edge behind the Annapolis Maritime Museum located at 723 2nd St Annapolis, MD 21403. The vessel will be moored at the closest pier to the Horn Point Marina.

Three tours are offered each day. One at 9:00 am, one at 11:00 pm and the third at 1:00 pm

Reservations Required

Seating is limited, so secure your space early. Tickets are available on our Tour Calendar page.
If you have questions, please contact: U.S. Lighthouse Society headquarters at (415) 362-7255 or email

Cost: $85 Per Person

Safety Video

Viewing the following safety video is require for everyone that will be visiting the lighthouse on one of our tours.

Historical Videos

Below are two additional videos about the history of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse!

"Legacy of the Light" - A 13 minute short film about the history of the Thomas Point Shoal Light Station.

News Reel Video: a fascinating news reel made in 1986 documenting the automation of the lighthouse and the final transfer home of the last lighthouse keeper.

Check out the U.S. Lighthouse Society's Podcast featuring the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
Light Hearted episode 39 – John Potvin, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, Maryland
In this episode of Light Hearted, host Jeremy D’Entremont and co-host Michelle Jewell Shaw also look at the origins and history of screwpile lighthouses, which were developed by the Irish engineer Alexander Mitchell. In addition is an interesting interview John Potvin our preservation foreman who is actively involved in the bidding and specification preparation for the rehabilitation of the lighthouse.