Featured Lighthouse Cruises


In order to receive your discount(s) you will need to show your U.S. Lighthouse Society membership card.


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.  Website:  dauphinislandmarina.com/ships-store/natureeco-tours


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:  nlmaritimesociety.org          


The Maritime Aquarium - Long Island Sound - Norwalk, CT

Venture out for a rare close-up look at historic lighthouses on Long Island Sound! The Maritime Aquarium offers Lighthouse Cruises two Saturday's a month, April - November, aboard the R/V Spirit of the Sound. Western Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruises: Greens Ledge, Sheffield Island, Stamford Harbor (or Harbor Ledge), Great Captain Island, Execution Rocks, Stepping Stones, Sands Point and Eatons Neck. This 7-hour cruise departs at 9 a.m. Central Long Island Sound Lighthouse Cruises: Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island lighthouses in Norwalk, Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield and Stratford Shoal (Middle Ground) Light. All the lighthouses are on the National Register of Historic Places. This 5-hour cruise departs at 10 a.m. For schedules and tickets, visit the website or call 203-852-0700 ext. 2206. A 10% discount is provided to 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: www.maritimeaquarium.org/conservation-research/cruises


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.  info@camdenharborcruises.com  https://www.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.  Offering 4 hour tours of 6 lighthouses on June 21, July 12, August 16 and September 13, 2015. Tours leave from Stonington Wharf at 11:00 a.m.. and travel 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 for a a view of the Isle au Haut Light.  Another cruise on Sept 12, as part of the Maine Coast Lighthouse Weekend, 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.
Website:  http://www.isleauhaut.com/lighthousetour.html     E-mail: themailboat@isleauhaut.com  


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: www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/239/Lighthouse-Cruises   Email: poreckka@co.cal.md.us


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. U.S. Lighthouse Society members receive a $10/person discount.


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

 66 Harbor Loop,  Gloucester, MA, 01930. 978-283-1979.  The "Lighthouse Cruise" operates weekends in the Spring & Fall and daily in the Summer.  Departs from the Solomon Jacobs Town Landing, on 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 our adult price of $35.  If you purchase you ticket on line, 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: www.capeannharbortours.com     Email: harbortours@gmail.com


Bakers Island Lighthouse Boat Tours, Massachusetts

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 June 17 through Labor Day on Friday, Saturday & Sunday twice a day.  There are also opportunities to stay overnight in one of the keeper's houses.  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.   http://www.essexheritage.org/boat


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:  www.DRLPS.com     Email:  tours@drlps.com www.drlps.com


Harbor Beach Lighthouse Tour, Michigan

Harbor Beach Light House Preservation Society, PO Box 8, Harbor Beach, MI  48441. Phone:  May-Sept. 989-479-9707;  Oct.-April 989-479-3363
Tours are conducted on Saturdays from the middle of June through the end of September. The boat leaves the Harbor Beach Marina starting at 10 a.m. and then about every 20 minutes until 40 minutes before closing time. The 360 degree view from the top of the lighthouse is one you will not forget (so don’t forget your camera). It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. This will ensure that you will depart the marina at the time slot you prefer. Tickets are $20 each and include admission to the nearby Harbor Beach Grice House Museum, which houses the original Fresnel Lens from the lighthouse.   Both the Museum and the lighthouse gift shop have stamps for your Passport Book.  U.S. Lighthouse Society members receive a 10% discount on gift shop merchandise.
Website:  harborbeachlighthouse.org


East End Seaport Museum, New York

East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation in Greenport, New York offers tours of the Long Beach Bar "Bug" Lighthouse off the tip of Orient State Park and a variety of lighthouse cruises in New York and Connecticut waters.  Trips include a 5 hour Super Cruise (12 lighthouses in 3 states), Sunset Cruises viewing 4-6 lighthouses, Bug Light Tours and several other “themed” tours.  Become a Museum member and take advantage of a rare opportunity to get a guided tour of the Plum Island Lighthouse.  U.S. Lighthouse Society members will receive a $10 per ticket discount on Sunset Cruises and the Super Cruise and a $5 per ticket discount for Bug Light Tours.  If you wish to purchase tickets on-line call the Society office (415-362-7255) to obtain a discount code.  There is no discount available for the Halloween special as it is offered at a discounted rate for everyone as an end of season celebration. 
631-875-2631.  Website:  http://www.eastendseaport.org/    Email:  info@eastendseaport.org


Save The Bay Lighthouse Cruises, Rhode Island

Save The Bay offers three different exciting lighthouse tours around Narragansett Bay, including a 7-hour Ultimate Tour that passes by all of the following lighthouses: Beavertail, Bristol Ferry, Castle Hill, Conanicut, Conimicut, Dutch Island, Hog Island Shoal, Lime Rock, Nayatt Point, Newport Harbor, Plum Beach, Pomham Rocks, Poplar Point, Prudence Island, Rose Island and Warwick. Other tours include 3-hour Southern Bay and Northern Bay lighthouses.  All tours offer participants a view of historic lighthouses against a backdrop of wild and beautiful seasonal colors and a land based tour of the inside or grounds of one active lighthouse!  See website for more details regarding departure points (Newport or Providence) along with trip dates and rates. USLHS members receive a 10% discount off the regular price of the Ultimate Tour and $5 off the other tours.  Enter Discount  Code Lighthouse17 when purchasing tickets. Unique Lighthouse Passport Stamps are available for all lights viewed while aboard these cruises. Save The Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905. 401-272-3540.
Website: www.savebay.org/lighthouse    Email:  dblount@savebay.org


 San Juan Islands Lighthouse Cruise, Washington

 The Schooner Zodiac's 4 day San Juan Islands, Washington lighthouse cruise.  April 12-15, 2018.  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:  www.schoonerzodiac.com       Email: info@schoonerzodiac.com 
Spring Lighthouse Tour Info:  http://schoonerzodiac.com/cruises/multi-day-sails/spring-lighthouse-tour/


Shoreline Charters, Door County, Wisconsin

Offers two different regularly scheduled lighthouse cruises. The vessel "The Shoreline" departs from Gills Rock, WI and offers daily "Deaths Door Lighthouse Cruises"  that see the Plum Island Lighthouse (Rear Range Light), Plum Island Front Range Light, Pilot Island Lighthouse, Historic Coast Guard Station on Plum Island and the Detroit Harbor Entrance Light.  Phone:  (920) 421-0922.  The vessel "Water Taxi" departs from Sister Bay, WI and offers daily Lighthouse Cruises to Eagle Bluff Lighthouse.  Private cruises to Chambers Island Lighthouse are also available.  (920) 854-4707.   Also available by charter only is a trip from Gills Rock that visits Plum Island Lights, Pilot Island Lighthouse, Rock Island Lighthouse (Powtawotamie), and three Michigan lights: Saint Martin Island, Poverty Island and Minneapolis Shoal Light.  (920) 421-0922.   U.S. Lighthouse Society members receive a 10% discount off regular rates.
Website:  www.shorelinecharters.net     Email:  goboating@shorelinecharters.net