Featured Lighthouse Cruises & Excursions

Sand Island Lighthouse Tour, Dauphin Island, Alabama

Three hour trips leave Dauphin Island Marina and begin cruising along the coast of Dauphin Island.  Passes the Indian Shell Mounds, the Goat Trees, and historic Fort Gaines.  You get an up close look at the oil and natural gas rigs in Mobile Bay, and then cruise out to Sand Island Lighthouse.  This lighthouse is the oldest in our area and has a very rich history!  On our cruises, we also drag a shrimp net!  The boat is equipped with a built-in touch tank aquarium.  After dragging our shrimp net, we empty our catch into the touch tank for you to see!  The deckhand carefully removes any dangerous organisms, and allows you to see and touch certain species.  We often see dolphins when we drag our shrimp net as well!  We offer these trips from 1-4 pm and from 5-8 pm.  Reservations are required.  Please call 251-861-2201 for reservations.  Regular price is $35 each for adults, $25 each for children ages 6-12, and free for children under age 6. Members of the Society will receive a $10 discount off of the adult ticket price.

New London Maritime Society (Custom House Maritime Museum), CT

The New London Maritime Society and Custom House Maritime Museum provides Sentinels on the Sound boat tours of New London Harbor as well as area lighthouse special boat trips to Coast Guards sites, New London Ledge, Race Rock, New London Harbor, Plum Island, Little Gull Island, Avery Point and North Dumpling Island Lighthouses.  U.S. Lighthouse Society members receive the same discount as NLMS members.  The NLMS adopted the New London Harbor Light in 2010, the Race Rock Light Station in 2013 and the New London Ledge Light in 2014 in partnership with the New London Ledge Light Foundation.  Museum is located at 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320.  Phone:  860-447-2501.   Website   


 The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, CT

Venture out for a close-up look at the historic lighthouses of Norwalk Harbor! The Maritime Aquarium offers Norwalk Island Cruises aboard the R/V Spirit of the Sound.  During these 1.5 hour cruises, Aquarium educators will offer information and talks about Shea, Chimon, Tavern and other islands just off the Norwalk Harbor, as well as about the three historic lighthouses that the cruises will pass:  Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island.  They'll also point out waterfowl and provide details about the Sound's marine life.  For schedules  and tickets, visit the website or call 203-852-0700 ext. 2206.  A 10% discount is provided to USLHS Society members. When purchasing on-line, use the discount code "uslhs" when checking out.  Unique Lighthouse Passport Stamps are available to  cruise participants for all the lighthouses viewed.  The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854.  Website

Cape Water Tours
Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse Tour

During this 1.5 hour narrated tour, passengers learn about the rich maritime history of this impressive structure and get to walk around and through it to explore and photograph it up close. Passengers can enjoy about 20 minutes of narration on the way to and from the East End Lighthouse plus time to disembark for a closer look inside. USLHS members receive a $2.00 discount. Tour departs from the Lewes Ferry Terminal at: 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958.  See website for additional details. Book online, call 302-644-7334,or email capewatertours@gmail.com

Camden Harbor Cruises - Penobscot Bay, Maine

Offers a variety of narrated tours aboard the ‘Lively Lady’- a traditional wooden lobster boat with bench seating. Cruise by a number of different lighthouses in addition to seaside mansions, windjammers, seals and other marine life in Penobscot Bay. Some trips include a hands-on lobster fishing demonstration. Depending on the tour, one or more of the following lighthouses are viewed: Brown’s Head, Curtis Island, Grindle Point, Indian Island, Owls Head and Rockland Breakwater. Passport stamps for each of these lighthouses are available on the cruises. Visit the website for rates and schedules or call to find out which tours pass the lighthouses. U.S. Lighthouse Society Members receive a 15% discount by using the code “passport” during online checkout. Lighthouse Passport stamps are available on board.  The vessels dock: Public Landing, Camden, ME, 04843. (207) 236-6672.  Website    Email:  info@camdenharborcruises.com 

 Isle au Haut Boat Services, Penobscot Bay Lighthouses, Maine

Isle au Haut Boat Services, 27 Seabreeze Avenue P.O. Box 709, Stonington, Maine 04681.  (207) 367-5193.  Two different 4-hour tours of lighthouses will be offered on Maine Lighthouse weekend, September 12 & 13, 2020.  Tours leave from Stonington Wharf at 11:00 a.m.  Please check the website for additional information. The September 12 tour travels to view the lighthouses of Mark Island, Goose Rocks, Brown’s Head and Heron Neck.  Weather permitting, a stop is made to photograph Saddle Back Ledge before returning to the Isle au Haut Thorofare to view the Isle au Haut Light.  Another cruise on September 13 will visit Hockamock Head Light (Swan's Island), Great Duck Island, Bass Harbor Head Light and Blue Hill Bay Lighthouse (also called Eggemoggin lighthouse).   Cost is $75/person and $45 for children under 12. Combine the Sept 12 & 13 trips for a special rate of $115.  U.S. Lighthouse Society members receive a $10 discount/person on all cruises.  Lighthouse Passport stamps are available for all the lights visited.  Custom lighthouse charters are available throughout the summer, per customers’ requests. Please call for information.
Website    Email:  themailboat@isleauhaut.com  

River Run Tours, Maine

River Run Tours offers customized lighthouse tours with a 10% discount to Society members and visit some or all of the following lights: Burnt Island, Cuckolds, Doubling Point, Hendricks Head, Kennebec River Range (Doubling Point Range), Perkins Island, Pond Island, Ram Island Lighthouse, Seguin Island and Squirrel Point.  Passport stamps are available for all lighthouses viewed with proceeds donated to one of the non-profit, local lighthouse organizations.  For information on tours, pricing and reservations see website or call 207-504-2628.


Calvert Marine Museum Chesapeake Bay Cruises

Join the Calvert Marine Museum for an unforgettable experience exploring lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay with an experienced, knowledgeable guide. Traveling by water on a private charter boat, the experience is a full day of lighthouses that includes a lunch stop at a seafood restaurant.  The Northern Cruise passes Cove Point, Thomas Point Shoal, Sandy Point, Bloody Point and Sharps Island.  The Southern Cruise provides views of Point No Point, Smith Point, Solomons Lump and Hooper Island.  Both cruises leave from the Drum Point Lighthouse at the Museum.  For dates, times and more information visit the website.  U. S. Lighthouse Society members receive a $10 discount.  Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 to register.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Website    Email: Melissa.McCormick@calvertcountymd,gov

U.S. Lighthouse Society's Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Cruise & Tours, Maryland

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. 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. The duration of the tour is 2 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.  U.S. Lighthouse Society members receive a $10/person discount. 
Website   Email:  info@uslhs.org  

 Harbor Tours, MA (Gloucester Harbor, Cape Ann, Annisquam & More), Massachusetts

 66 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA, 01930. 978-283-1979.  The "Lighthouse Cruise" operates daily in the Summer, and weekends in the Spring & Fall. Departs from Harbor Loop in Gloucester. Vessel Capacity: 34 passengers.  On this 2.5 hr. adventure you will circumnavigate our beautiful island. Sit back and enjoy a delightful narration as you cruise along the rugged New England rocky shore.  Take in the area fully functional lighthouses: Ten Pound Island, Dog Bar Breakwater, Eastern Point, Cape Ann Twin Lights, Straightsmouth, and Annisquam.  While underway, you will see the beaches, islands, wildlife, fabulous homes, and our own hidden treasure: The Great Marsh along the Annisquam River.  Society members receive a discount of $5 off price.  If you purchase your ticket online, simply pay the full price and then present your membership card when you check in for the trip and receive a $5 rebate.  Passport stamps for all of the lighthouses are available on board.
Website        Email: harbortours@gmail.com

Bakers Island Lighthouse Boat Tours, Massachusetts

NOTE:  Please check the website for information about 2021 cruises.  Essex National Heritage Commission is hosting escorted, guided boat tours aboard their landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station near Salem, Massachusetts.  A 10% discount is provided to Society members.  Call Society Headquarters (415-362-7255) to obtain a promo code to receive your discount when purchasing your tickets on line.  Trips are offered mid-June through Labor Day.  There are also opportunities to stay overnight in one of the keeper's houses, and to camp in the Old Pasture Campground.  This is the only way to access the lighthouse.  Naumkeag departs from the Salem Ferry dock at 10 Blaney Street, Salem MA 01970. Visit their website for complete schedules and more information or call 978-740-0444.  A unique passport book stamp for the lighthouse is available on the cruise. 


DeTour Reef, Lake Huron, Michigan

The DeTour Reef Light tour is a rare opportunity to visit an offshore crib light.  The Lighthouse  is located a mile offshore at the far eastern end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is built on a 60’ square crib sitting in 24’ of water.  Narrated tours open this fascinating active aid to navigation to a thorough inspection as you enjoy spectacular scenery, view freighters and walk in the footsteps of the past keepers of the Light. All participants must be physically capable of climbing and descending a 20 foot ladder to access the lighthouse, and they must wear a safety harness.  Cost of the tour is $95/person.  U.S. Lighthouse Society members receive a $20 discount.    Visit the website to learn more about the tour, overnight stays and special events.  DeTour Reef Light, Preservation Society, PO Box 307, Drummond Island, MI 49726.  Phone: 906-430-8169.     Website       Email:  tours@drlps.com


Save The Bay Lighthouse Cruises, Rhode Island

When you join Save The Bay’s Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, you’ll experience Narragansett Bay’s historic lighthouse sites first hand! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Newport Pell Bridge, Gaspee Point, Prudence Island and historic Fort Adams, and be amazed by how many iconic sites you can see in just one tour.  On our 7.5-hour tour, you’ll view about 20 active and inactive lighthouse sites in Narragansett Bay, including: Beavertail, Bristol Ferry, Castle Hill, Conanicut, Conimicut, Dutch Island, Gull Rocks, Hog Island Shoal, Lime Rock, Nayatt Point, Newport Harbor, Plum Beach, Pomham Rocks, Poplar Point, Prudence Island, Rose Island, Sabin Point, Warwick, and Wickford Harbor.  Starting in Providence, we will motor down the West Passage to Newport and return home via the East Passage. A stop at both Rose Island and Pomham rocks will provide an opportunity to explore both lighthouses and grounds. Lunch will be provided at Rose Island. Enter Discount Code Lighthouse21 when purchasing tickets. Unique Lighthouse Passport Stamps are available at 16 lights viewed during these cruises. See Save The Bay's website for more details about tour dates and times, and lighthouses to be viewed.  Website     Email: jkelly@savebay.org 

 San Juan Islands Lighthouse Cruise, Washington

 The Schooner Zodiac's 4 day San Juan Islands, Washington lighthouse cruise.  October 1-4, 2020.  Lighthouses normally viewed are: Burrows Island, Patos Island,  East Point, Turn Point, Cattle Point, Lime Kiln, New Dungeness (Weather Dependent).  Guided tours a re provided on Patos and Burrows.  Vessel can accommodate  24 passengers for overnight cruises and passengers are also given the opportunity to help sail  the 160 foot classic windjammer between lighthouses.  Price: $725 per  person for spacious standard berths or  $750 per person for double occupancy private staterooms.   U.S. Lighthouse Society members are offered a 10% discount. All meals are included in the price and served fresh from the ship's galley.  Customized Lighthouse Tours are also available by private charter.   Contact:  The Schooner Zodiac, 355 Harris Avenue suite 104, Bellingham, WA 98225, (206) 719-7622.   Cruise Departs from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Website   Tour Information      Email: info@schoonerzodiac.com 

Shoreline Charters, Door County, Wisconsin                                                                                                               

Offers two different lighthouse cruises from two different locations.  The vessel “The Shoreline” departs from Gills Rock, WI and offers daily Deaths Door Lighthouses, Islands & Shipwreck Cruises to see the lighthouses on Plum Island, Pilot Island, Plum Island Range Lights, Historic Coast Guard Station on Plum and the Detroit Harbor Entrance Light.  The vessel “Water Taxi” departs from Baileys Harbor, WI and offers daily Lakeshore Lighthouse Cruises to see the lighthouses on Cana Island, Historic “Bird Cage” Lighthouse and Baileys Harbor Range Lights.  U.S. Lighthouse Society members receive a 10% discount off regular rates.  Gills Rock cruises- (920) 421-0922.  Baileys Harbor cruises - (920) 854-4707  
Website      Email: goboating@shorelinecharters.net