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In New England alone we know of a few lighthouse tours which will allow you to visit some lighthouses you cannot otherwise see from land. Below are some links to companies or organizations which run lighthouses.  For all of the tours listed below be sure to click on the links to their web pages to get more (detailed) information about their tours. The tours listed below are sorted by state.

If you know of other tours that you think would be worth being listed on this page, please let us know.

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Alaska

  • LighthouseExcursion.com
    Enjoy a short, narrated tour through Ketchikan en route to our private dock's rain forest setting to board your catamaran, Totem Princess. Relax in the heated main cabin or the open-air observation deck as we embark to explore the timber & fishing industries, native cultures, maritime history and abundant wildlife. Your excursion includes Totem Bight Park with clan house and Alaska's tallest totem, the oldest working fish cannery in Alaska, an authentic floating lumberjack camp, and many mansions and private island homes. Circumnavigate historic Guard Island Lighthouse, established in 1903 and now home to a family of Harbor Seals. View plentiful eagles and six active eagle nests. Other wildlife may include Humpback and Orca whales, sea lions, deer, bear, salmon and wolves. Hot beverages, soft drinks, salmon spread, crackers cheese, fresh fruit and cookies are yours to enjoy on this unforgettable experience. The duration of the tour is approximately three hours.

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California

  • Alcatraz Island Tour
    Alcatraz is the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. You will thoroughly enjoy touring the island and walking through the cell block where Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, and many others were once held. The infamous prison is located on Alcatraz Island - just a 10-minute ferry ride from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz is a must-see, and tours are often sold out over a week in advance, so book early!


  • Lighthouse Tours in San Francisco Bay
    Maritime history tour of the Lighthouses on the San Francisco Bay by www.sfbaywhalewatching.com.

    On board a docent will describe the Lighthouses we tour, Lighthouses of the past, Lighthouses from the nearby Northern and Southern coasts and Maritime History.

    The Sunday Lighthouse Tour will be aboard an elegant motor yacht with a comfortable interior salon and outer decks for viewing. We use different Yachts, but all of the yachts are coast guard certified with a coast guard certified captains and hold from 30 to 59 passengers.


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Connecticut

  • Downeast Lighthouse Cruises
    See up close some of New England's most charming lighthouses on Long Island Sound. Take a cruise on a real working downeast lobster boat. Leaving from Pine Island Marina, there are as many as 12 lighthouses to see. Hear their history and stories of the area from those who work these waters.

  • Project Oceanology Ledge Lighthouse Tours
    Tour Historic New London Ledge Lighthouse! Observe the busy mouth of the Thames River aboard Enviro-lab. Learn about the significant nautical history of New London Harbor, featuring the solitary outpost of Ledge Lighthouse. Since 1909 this beacon in the middle of the mouth of the river has guided vessels, from tall ships to ultra-modern submarines. Take a walking tour up to the tower to discover the Light's rich heritage, romance and unique architecture. A great way to spend an afternoon on the waters of Long Island Sound!


  • SeaPony Cruises and Charters
    Come for a cruise! It's a great way to see New London Harbor and the surrounding area from a whole new perspective. Host a special event or gather a group of friends to charter SeaPony for the afternoon, then sit back, enjoy the sea breeze and learn about the sights along the way. Enjoy a tour of the "castles in the Sound" an extraordinary variety of local lighthouses, each with its own unique story from moody, elegant Race Rock to charming, cozy Morgan Point.

  • Sunbeam Fleet Nature Cruises
    Marvel at the sight of historic lighthouses on this popular cruise. Our narrated trip is based on the extensive and comprehensive research done by Capt. Benjamin F. Rathbun, author of Capsule Histories of Some Local Islands and Lighthouses in the Eastern Part of Long Island Sound. This enjoyable book abounds with interesting facts and history of the lights as well as the surrounding areas. See Pequot, New London Ledge, Latimer Reef, Race Rock Lighthouse and others. Join us for a great opportunity to snap some close-up pictures of the lighthouses and also see some wonderful bird life.

    Whether you're a lighthouse fan, bird lover, photographer or just want to sit back and enjoy a relaxing time on the water, this is the trip for you! Bring your family and friends!

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Delaware

  • Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse Tours
    Have you ever imagined what it might have been like to serve as a keeper at a lonely offshore lighthouse? Would you like to see first-hand the challenges of saving a lighthouse surrounded by nothing but water? Join the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation on a memorable tour of the offshore Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse...walk in the steps of the keeper and See the Light!

  • Lighthouse Restaurant
    6 Hour narrated cruise includes: lunch buffet on 110 foot, air conditioned boat. Lighthouses: East End, Harbor of Refuge, Brandywine, Fourteen Foot, Miah Maull, Ship John

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Florida

  • Toucan Scenic River Tours
    Enjoy a few hours on the Toucan pontoon boat touring the scenic Intracoastal Waterway at New Smyrna Beach, FL, just a short drive south of world-famous Daytona Beach. The Toucan is a fully equipped, plush pontoon vessel with custom features. All Toucan River Tours are piloted by the USCG-licensed Captain Tom.Plan your own sunrise or sunset cruise for up to six people. Be your own cruise director. Popular activities include a lighthouse tour, swimming and dinner cruises. You may even see dolphins swimming near the boat.

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Illinois

  • Shoreline Sightseeing
    Discover why Shoreline Sightseeing is Chicago's favorite and most convenient boat tour. Our docks at Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium/Field Museum and Buckingham Fountain are surrounded by many of Chicago's top cultural attractions. All docks are directly on the lake, so we can offer departures up to every half hour ideal to accommodate a busy schedule. Enjoy the panorama of Chicago's lakefront, an informative narration on Chicago's majestic landmarks and history, and the services of our courteous, professional crew. For our international visitors, we provide printed translations of our tour in 13 languages.

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Maine

  • Acadia Air Tours
    Lighthouse Tours - Our most popular flight is simply unforgettable. So, if you want to have a lasting memory of this rugged, picturesque corner of America, you gotta do this one! Your flight begins by skirting the eastern edge of MDI to the town of Bar Harbor. Then you cross Frenchman's Bay to Schoodic Peninsula, a part of Acadia National Park seldom visited by vacationers. After visiting three area lighthouses we then cross back over the Egg Rock Lighthouse to rejoin the shoreline of MDI. You will see a total of seven lighthouses on this tour as well as many other sights.

  • Balmy Day Cruises
    Experience Maine at the Burnt Island Light Station:

    Keeper Joseph Muise and his family acquaint you with lighthouse living as you visit their home and climb the spiral staircase into the lantern room. Learn about Maine's fisheries, flora and fauna on your picturesque hike around the 5-acre island.

  • Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company
    Join us for an adventurous whale watching trip in the gulf of Maine. We feature several distinct whale watching, sightseeing, light house and nature trips which sail daily throughout the summer season.

    The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company has spared no expense in order to offer you a spectacular opportunity to experience the awe inspiring beauty of the magnificent mammals of the sea. Come and enjoy a fantastic experience you will never forget.

  • Bold Coast Charter Company
    Welcome to Bold Coast Charter Company's home on the web! My name is Captain Andrew Patterson and I would like to invite you to discover the real Maine coast- visit scenic Cutler Harbor and cruise the most unspoiled, rugged coastline Downeast!

  • Finest Kind Scenic Cruises
    NUBBLE LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE

    Our longest cruise, this fourteen mile round trip offers unsurpassed views of York's elegant homes and rocky coast. Enjoy your favorite beverage aboard the Finestkind III as you cruise liesurely to the lighthouse, and don't forget your camera - as we circle the seldom seen back of the Nubble Lighthouse you will have breathtaking photo opportunities. Don't miss this chance to see these beautiful views by boat!

  • Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse
    The tours leave from Vines Landing in Biddeford Pool aboard the Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse boat Light Runner. The boat is a compact, flat bottom boat which will accommodate about 18 visitors. The front drops down for easy egress. The tours take about 1 1/2 hours and include a cruise to and from the island, and about a half mile walk on a raised wooden boardwalk to the lighthouse itself. The tour is led by a guide who tells visitors about the history of Wood Island, its inhabitants, the keeper families, the beacon itself and much more. Visitors tour the inside of the dwelling house, the bottom of the tower, the oil house and grounds.

  • Hardy Boat Cruises
    The Hardy boat cruises are based out of New Harbor, Maine, which is a short distance away from Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. They have an evening cruise to Pemaquid, nature cruises to view puffins and seals. But most of all, they have daily trips from New Harbor to Monhegan Island. If you've got the time I reccomend checking out Monhegan Island and the Monhegan Island Lighthouse.

  • Haunted Lighthouses of Maine
    Join the adventure with Mysterious Destinations as we tour the Haunted Lighthouses of Maine this August!

    Your trip will not only include tours of 7 Maine lighthouses, but 3 haunted Maine villages as well and a trip to the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

    You’ll learn about history as well as hauntings, and if you find yourself curious about the unknown and unexplained, Mysterious Destinations will provide paranormal detection equipment that you can use. We’ll also provide training on how to use the equipment, and even your own camera, to capture evidence of paranormal activity around you.

  • Long Reach Cruises
    Join the crew of the Jet Boat for a narrated cruise to see some of the most interesting lighthouses in Maine. With the Jet Boat you can get up close to your favorite lighthouses and have unobstructed views of the sites. On a scheduled basis we cruise by, Sequin Island Light, Pond Island Light, Perkins Island Light, Squirrel Point Light, The Kennebec Range Lights, Doubling Point Light, Hendricks Head Light, The Cuckholds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light. Charter arrangements can be made to land on island lights such as Seguin, Perkins Island, Burnt Island and Ram Island. Special Charters can be arranged for Halfway Rock Light, Monhegan Island Light and Mananna Island Fog Signal Station, Burnt Island (in Muscongous Bay) and others.

  • Maine Coast Flight Center
    Scenic flights of the Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park region.

    Deluxe Lighthouse Tour: This flight goes around the perimeter of the Island in addition to flying off shore to the east, south and west to capture seven beautiful coastal Lighthouses. Schoodic Peninsula to the east and Blue Hill Bay to the west, along with Baker Island to the south will provide you with wonderful sights that you wouldn't normally see when touring the island area. You will also see Acadia National Park and the many islands and the rockbound coast that make our area so special.

    Penobscot Bay Lighthouse Tour: With this ultimate tour, you will see the natural beauty of the Maine coast while viewing some of Maine's best Lighthouses, shoreline, and islands. This very picturesque flight brings you to twelve lighthouses as well as Fort Knox and the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge. This is a must-see for Lighthouse enthusiasts and those wanting to view the Maine Coast and Islands as only seen from the unique view from an airplane.

  • Maine Expressions
    Are you planning a vacation on the coast of Maine? You have found the perfect place to start. Our Maine lighthouse tours have been carefully planned to help renew your mind and refresh your spirit. The tours are fun and historical. Come away with us and let the sea breezes blow your cares away while you enjoy the spectacular scenery and great food.

  • Maine Maritime Museum
    The Maine Maritime Museum, located in Bath Maine, is dedicated to the maritime history of the state of Maine. This obviously includes the history of lighthouses. They run many lighthouse cruises during the summer and take you (depending on the trip) to islands such as Seguin Island, Burnt Island, and Ram Island. We were going to take one of their cruises but it was cancelled because of rough seas. Hopefully we'll be able to take one again next summer.

  • Maine Windjammer Mary Day Lighthouse Tour
    Join us for a most unique lighthouse tour under sail aboard the Maine windjammer, Mary Day. Live the history of these magnificent coastal sentinels from the perspective of the mariners that used these lighthouses a hundred years ago. Local lighthouse experts Ted and Jo Panyatoff will be aboard to share their passion, knowledge and dedication to preserving these national treasures. This truly unique lighthouse tour gives you the opportunity to be a part of the sailing adventure or just relax as we share the wonders of the protected waters and islands of the Maine coast.

    Of course, we see lighthouses on every cruise, but this is your chance to be guided by experts. And during these cruises, we make a special effort to get to as many lighthouses as possible.

  • Monhegan Boat Line
    LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE

    On this 2 1/2 hour cruise you'll learn interesting historical facts concerning four picturesque Maine Lighthouses as the Laura B. travels through scenic Muscongus Bay. We will take you to Marshall Point Lighthouse, Southern Island Light, Whitehead and Two Bush Light (the later two are only visible by water). You may recognize Marshall Point Light from the popular movie "Forest Gump" or be fascinated by the pyramidal bell tower at Southern Island Light that the owner, famous artist, Jamie Wyeth, uses as a studio.Our lighthouse cruise runs from July 1st to August 31st leaving Port Clyde every Thursday at 1:00

  • Old Quarry Ocean Adventures - Lighthouse Boat Trip
    Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Maine coast and see six lighthouses on your Maine Lighthouses Boat Tour on the Nigh Duck.

    During this 7 hour boat trip you will see the following lighthouses:

    Robinson Point Light - Isle au Haut; Saddleback Light - remote; Brown's Head Lighthouse - Vinal Haven; Goose Rocks Light - Fox Island Thoroughfare; Heron Neck Light; and Mark Island Light - Deer Isle Thoroughfare.

  • Ophelia's Odyssey Lighthouse Tours
    Experience lighthouses, lobster boats, fishing vessels, ferries, and tugboats as you sail Portland's waterfront and Casco Bay. Enjoy the wildlife, birds and harbor seals along with abundant maritime history. Rocky shores with numerous islands and ledges makes this 3-1/2 hour tour a true coastal Maine experience.

  • Robertson Sea Tours & Adventures
    Enjoy a 2 hour Maine Coast Cruise "Downeast style". Tour the coast of Maine aboard a classic Downeast lobster boat with Captain James Robertson. Experience abundant wildlife, scenic islands, lobster fishing, and more. If it is lighthouses your looking for, then perhaps a lighthouse cruise is for you. There are 3 beautiful and historic lighthouses that can be seen and enjoyed by boat in the immediate area.

  • Schooner Eastwind
    Sailing Trips to the Outer Islands - Your two-hour voyage aboard Boothbay Harbor's largest charter schooner gives you time to relax and see the Maine coastline. Lighthouses, fishing lobstermen, wildlife, and remote islands accessible only by boat dot the seascape.

  • Seaventures Custom Boat Tours
    If you wish to truly see and experience the most beautiful lighthouses Maine has to offer there is no company more qualified to introduce you to the lighthouses of Down East Maine than Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours. In fact, I feel confident in saying that no other boat tour company in the State of Maine offers a wider variety of relaxing, informative, and highly affordable lighthouse tours than Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours!

  • Seguin Island Ferry
    Enjoy amazing adventure on Seguin Island! A narrated tour of the highest and second oldest lighthouse in Maine is given by the resident caretakers. You can even go out on the catwalk atop the light tower for a spectacular 360-degree view of the island and Midcoast Maine! Once on the 64-acre island, you can hike numerous trails, explore beaches, enjoy scenic overlooks, and learn about the well-preserved historical structures. Be sure to visit the museum and gift shop next to the keepers' quarters. The ferry ride, which is approximately 30 minutes, passes directly by Pond Island Lighthouse, seals, porpoises, and various seabiards are often sighted. On the return trip we usually have time to visit the local seal colony. Passengers can opt to stay aboard to go fishing while others visit Seguin.

  • Vinalhaven Ferry - Rockland,Maine
    The ferry taking you from Rockland, Maine over to Vinalhaven Island takes you past Rockland Breakwater Light and Owl's Head Light. While on Vinalhaven Island you can visit Brown's Head Light and, if your adventurous enough, Goose Rocks Light.

  • Wooden Boat Co., Schooner Heron
    INDIAN ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE/WILDLIFE SAIL - Join us aboard Schooner Heron for an afternoon sail. Heron will round Indian Island Lighthouse while we tell the seafaring history of Rockport Harbor and the significance of the lighthouses in the lime trade. Depending on wind & tide we will head towards Owls Head & Rockland Breakwater Lighthouses, Curtis Island Lighthouse, or cross the bay to the birthplace of Andre the seal-Robinson's Rock. There are dozens of Harbor Seals that call this rock home, as well as porpoise in the surrounding waters. On our return we will spot the Bald Eagles nest on Mark Island. This is an very enjoyable sail as well as an educational insight into the natural history of the Maine Coast.

    Full day Lighthouse Tours are also available on selected Sundays.

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Maryland

  • Chesapeake Dreams Custom Charter Cruises
    Chesapeake Dreams is owned and operated by Capt. Pete Cosgrove of Stevensville, MD. Chesapeake Dreams offers a unique view for those looking to see the Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore. Guided lighthouse tours, romantic sunset cruises and catered party cruises are just some of the services provided. The spectacular scenery and abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat is unsurpassed and makes for a memorable boating excursion.

  • Chesapeake Lights
    Embark on a Voyage of Discovery. Aboard the M/V SHARPS ISLAND, you will be taken back through the storied history of the Chesapeake Bay and its lighthouses. Three different Chesapeake Lights trips accommodate any schedule and all levels of interest. Each includes a narrated recounting of The Bay's history as well as informed local insights about its fragil and beautiful ecosystem.

  • Fisherman's Inn & Crab Deck
    Take a cruise that allows you to cross under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge! Visit the historic lighthouses around Kent Island, Southern Baltimore and Annapolis. Approximately 5 hours depending on weather conditions.

  • Watermark Cruises
    Cruise out to the Chesapeake Bay to view the historic Thomas Point Lighthouse. Built in 1875, it was the last to be manned on the Bay. You will learn more about the history of such points of interest as Providence, The Bay Bridge and Tolly Point as well as the historic lighthouses on the Chesapeake.

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Massachusetts

  • Boston Harbor Cruises
    Boston Harbor Cruises has various lighthouse cruises during the year. They are the boat company that Friends of Boston Harbor Lights uses for their large lighthouse tours. BHC has a fall lighthouse cruise taking you to a bunch of lighthouses south of Boston as well as some on Cape Cod (specifically in the Provincetown area).

  • Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge Tour
    The Trustees of Reservations offers a selection of guided and self-guided tours that help adults and children alike explore the natural wonders of Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge as well as the historic Cape Poge Lighthouse. All guided tours are led by expert naturalists.

    Travel by over-sand vehicle to the historic and remote Cape Poge Lighthouse. Learn about the fascinating history of the lighthouse and the keepers and their families who lived there.

  • Cuttyhunk Boat Lines
    Cuttyhunk is approximately 14 miles off the coast of New Bedford, MA. It is the last in the chain of the Elizabeth Islands that stretch westward from the elbow of the Cape. It is about 2 miles long by a mile wide with a good harbor and beautiful beaches. Only about a third of the island is settled, the rest is rolling hills of bayberry and grasses with deer paths for hiking and sparkling water as far as the eye can see.

    The Cuttyhunk Lighthouse is appx. 2 miles from the ferry landing.

  • Experience the History
    Experience the History is a company committed to teaching the tradition and history of New England Lighthouses. By doing so, we'll be passing on the knowledge and love for lighthouses that envelopes our lives. Experience the charm and adventure of New England Lighthouses on one of our four tours we are offering in 2002. Register now for our email newsletter update and we will keep you informed of all of our special news and tour dates.

  • Friends of Boston Harbor Islands
    They run many tours during the summer. They are also involved with the National Park Service running boat trips every weekend during the summer out to Little Brewster Island where you can see and climb up the tower of Boston Harbor Light. Little Brewster Island is the oldest lighthouse site in the USA. We were lucky enough to be on the first trip to Boston Light that FBHI ran this past summer. It was great fun! They also have other lighthouse cruises, including the Fall Foliage and Lighthouse Extravaganza, which they've run for the previous 8 years in October. This cruise took us past over a dozen lighthouses from Boston Harbor up to Cape Ann and Rockport. It is usually a 7 hour trip (10:30am - 5pm). But this year we were lucky to be on a new catamaran (sp?) boat which cut out a couple hours of travel time.

  • Long Point Shuttle
    We deliver you onto one of the most remote beaches on Cape Cod in the National Seashore. Long Point is the very tip end of Cape Cod. Currently home to Long Point Light and 1/2 hours walk to Wood End Light. Long Point is the "townies" secret beach. Get away from the crowd, bring a picnic, spend the day, or just an hour.

  • Nautical Adventure Charters
    Massachusetts is rich in maritime history including the many historic lighthouses that dot the coast. Once described as America's castles, a number of these beacons are located in close proximity to the RELENTLESS' home port of Boston. We can accomodate up to six passengers and we offer four different packages for you to choose from. Depending on which trip you select, you will be able to view from four to thirteen different lights. On all of our trips, you will enjoy views of the Boston skyline and the beautiful islands of Boston Harbor. Please remember weather conditions may necessitate changes in the routes and numbers of lights visited. We do not run our trips on a set schedule so that we may accommodate the unique travel plans of our passengers. So call or e-mail us today and reserve the RELENTLESS for your own exciting lighthouse adventure!

  • Plymouth Harbor Cruises
    Cruise Plymouth Harbor in style and comfort aboard the Pilgrim Belle, a Mississippi-style paddlewheeler. Get a narrated account of this historic town and seaport and a mariner's view of Plymouth Rock, Mayflower II, Plymouth Beach, Clarks Island and Gurnet Lighthouse. Pilgrim history, maritime lore and fascinating information about commercial fishing & lobstering await you on this 1-hour-and-15-minute cruise. The Pilgrim Belle operates June through August, weather permitting. Harbor cruises run several times daily from 11:00 am to sunset.

  • Ryan Rotors - Helicopter Tours
    Life's a Beach Tour, North - Heading north from the airport you will be flying along the north side of Duxbury Bay and Powder Point Bridge, then along Duxbury beach, Saquish, the Gurnet and crossing over Plymouth Beach to view historic Plymouth on your flight back. The tour passes over Duxbury Pier and Plymouth (Gurnet) lights.

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Michigan

  • Charity Islands Lighthouse Cruise
    Departs for Big Charity Island from Hoy’s Saginaw Bay Marina in Caseville for the one hour cruise to Big Charity Island. Upon arrival on Big Charity Island You will enjoy the 7 minute walk under the thick hardwood forest canopy to the Lighthouse and Lightkeepers home. Plan to enjoy your lunch at the lighthouse picnic area where the captain provides a history of the of the Charity Island lighthouse as part of each trip. After lunch the captain will be available to provide a short guided hike down to the west beach where the rare Pitcher's Thistle" grows. This plant is on the Federal Governments "endangered Species" list.

    Then, visit the rock outcropping next to the lighthouse to see 350 million year old fossils and flint nodules embedded in the Bayport limestone formation that were so important to the survival of the earliest residents of Michigan over two thousand years ago. There will be time for taking pictures of the lighthouse and a visit to the light-house gift shop before returning to the boat for the return trip to port.

  • Cooper Harbor Lighthouse Tour
    Welcome to the Copper Harbor Lighthouse. A narrated cruise through Copper Harbor's once bustling port takes you to one of Michigan's oldest lighthouses. Restored to its original 1866 beauty overlooking the majesty of Lake Superior, you are met by a staff memeber from the Michigan Dept. of History who will assist you through the interior complete with furnishings from the 1866 era.

  • DeTour Lighthouse Tours
    Tours to DeTour Reef Light include boat transportation to and from the DeTour Harbor Marina, light refreshments on the lighthouse and a guided tour. Each tour is limited to six individuals, assuring personal attention by the tour guides. The tours are approximately two hours long. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour all spaces of the lighthouse. The tours are led by trained DRLPS tour guides and the resident DeTour Reef Lighthouse Keepers.

  • Island Hopper Charters
    See nine unique Lake Michigan lighthouses: Seven rarely vistied lighthouses from aboard the Karl J, as well as Beaver Island's Harbor Light and Head Light during your stay on Beaver Island. The package include round trip fair to and from Beaver Island aboard the Beaver Island Ferry, 3 nights on Beaver Island, and tours aboard the Karl J to the seven off-island lights. Packages can be mix and match.

  • Lakefront Lines - Historic Lighthouse Tour
    The Water Wonderland that is Michigan, beckons us on this 5-day journey along her majestic coastline.

  • Mackinac Seaplane Tours
    Our breath taking aerial seaplane tours of the historic Great Lake Lighthouses. Experience for yourself an eagle's view of the breath taking beauty of the Great Lake Lighthouses. See website for more details.

  • Pictured Rocks Cruises
    The Lighthouse Cruise leaves City Pier daily at 1 pm. This 2 hour cruise takes you past the old East Channel Light, then turns around and goes by Grand Island Harbor, Murray Bay and then past the Bay Furnace smelter. You will then see the two west channel range lights at Christmas and the two east range lights at Munising.

  • Soo Locks Boat Tours
    Experience a New Lighthouse Cruise with Soo Locks Boat Tours. Enjoy riding through the Soo Locks and navigating in the St. Mary's River. Explore this important waterway and see the variety of navigation markers leading ships to the Soo Locks from Lake Superior.

  • Uncle Ducky Charters, Lighthouse Cruises
    Marquette County has 5 Lighthouses that have guided ships since the middle of the 19th century. Uncle Ducky Charters offers trips to all of them aboard 6 passenger charter boats. Stannard Rock Lighthouse is one of the most remote lighthouses in the world. 40 miles offshore it stands 102 feet above the lake level and was manned until 1961 when it was automated. The Huron Island Lighthouse, Granite Island Lighthouse, Marquette Lighthouse and Big Bay Lighthouse all are nearby and accessible from Lake Superior.

    We offer several different day trips to each of the Lighthouses or combinations of them. Also included with the Granite Island trip is a cruise by Granot Loma Lodge which is the worlds largest log home. These are private charters from 2-8 hours and range in price from $215 to $999 for up to 6 passengers inclusive.

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New Hampshire

  • Isle of Shoals Steamship Co.
    SCENIC LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE

    This four and 1/2-hour, fully-narrated tour allows the viewer a magnificent, close-up view of five historic lighthouses. The cruise departs from the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's dock in Portsmouth, cruises through Portsmouth Harbor to the Isles of Shoals, over to Boon Island, inshore to Nubble Light, and then back along the scenic shoreline to Portsmouth Harbor. This cruise offers the discriminating sightseer a grand view that is rare to obtain anywhere else. Our late-afternoon departure time this year also allows a spectacular view of the evening sky on the return to Portsmouth Harbor (and allows you to see the lights lit up!).

    Learn about five local lighthouses, Portsmouth Harbor, and the Isles of Shoals on this fun, informative, scenic cruise. Truly experience the New Hampshire Seacoast!

  • Portsmouth Harbor Cruises
    We offer daytime and evening cruises around Portsmouth Harbor, NH. Our harbor cruise passes by Whaleback Light, Portsmouth Harbor Light and the old lifesaving station on Wood Island. We also offer cruises to the Isles of Shoals, where we pass closely by White Island Light.

  • Sunapee Cruises
    Take a daily cruise on Lake Sunapee and see the three lighthouses on the lake - Loon Island, Burkehaven, and Herrick Cove.

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New Jersey

  • Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventures
    Enjoy a cruise up the Delaware Bay aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher for an afternoon of lighthouse-viewing. There are two different routes to choose from this year, each showing six lighthouses, most only visible from the water.

  • Mary W Charters
    Birding, Fishing, Diving, Whale and Dolphin watch, Lighthouse, scenic, and sunset tours. Parties up to six can be accommodated.

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New York

  • Circle Line - Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry
    Circle Line provides year-round passenger transportation by boat for park visitors to the Statue of Liberty National Monument on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. Ferry service originates from Battery Park, New York City and from Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

    Sail to Liberty Island where you can stand at the feet of the towering 305-foot Statue of Liberty. Experience, as millions of immigrants and visitors have, this magnitude of this great symbol which has welcomed people to the New York Harbor for decades. Reserve your time passes now for one of the exciting new tours of the interior of Lady Liberty!

  • Hudson River Cruises
    For over twenty years, Hudson River Cruises has provided our passengers the ability to view first hand the historic shoreline. Enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshing beverage as you relax on the cool, shaded deck. Your experienced guide will point out millionaires' sumptuous estates, picturesque lighthouses and quaint sleepy villages surrounded by the natural beauty of vineyards, orchards and scenic preservation sites.

  • Hudson River Maritime Museum
    The Hudson River Maritime Museum is the only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it. The museum was founded in 1980 by members of the Steamship Alexander Hamilton Society, the National Maritime Historical Society, and local historians, and it is located in the historic Rondout waterfront at Kingston, NY. Tours to the Rondout Lighthouse are offered on the boat "Dirigo". Tour information can be found on the Museum website or at the Dirigo website at http://www.kingstonlighthouse.com/html/tours.html

  • Long Island Lighthouse Safaris
    Long Island Lighthouse Safaris Inc. is the first professional corporation that integrates lighthouse history, culture, fun and service for travelers in the USA and Caribbean Islands. Priced for value, each package has its own variety of unique seascapes and landscape settings that take visitors back in time with knowledgeable guides, quality entertainment and service.

  • Long Legg Charters
    The lighthouse tour involves a 45 mile tour of the St. Lawrence River featuring four light houses. Clients will visit Crossover Island Light (4 miles northeast of Chippewa Bay), Sisters Island Light, Sunken Rock Light in Alexandria Bay, and Rock Island Light in Fisher's Landing. The tour takes between three and a half to four hours and a stop on Rock Island is possible. There is a public picnic area on Rock Island so picnic lunches or dinners are also a possibility! PO Box 115 East Line Rd., Plessis NY 13675 315-482-3677

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North Carolina

  • Mystery Boat Tours
    1 1/2 Hour Cape Lookout Lighthouse Cruise Part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Without leaving the boat, you can get up-close pictures of the Lighthouse as well as the surrounding areas. Enjoy the beautiful view as travel past Pivers Island, Radio Island, into Beaufort Inlet and by Shackleford Banks where the wild ponies roam!! You will then enter the Atlantic Ocean for a 7-mile high-speed ride to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse...

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Ohio

  • Goodtime III
    For courtesy, comfort, and just plain fun, you cannot match the experience of a cruise on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie aboard Cleveland's largest sight-seeing vessel. The Goodtime III is the largest quadruple-deck 1,000 passenger luxury ship on the Great Lakes, which offers plenty of room, and you are not confined to your seats. Whether you choose the spacious top sun decks, the large semi-opened second deck or the main glass enclosed lower deck which is air conditioned and heated for your comfort, you'll enjoy the cruise.

  • Lakefront Lines - A Tour With a View
    The spectacular island region of Lake Erie, Ottawa County, is a beautiful backdrop for a stop at a lighthouse, sample of wines, visit to an arboretum, and browsing/shopping at a variety of stores and galleries. Tour the Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operation lighthouse on the Great Lakes. After lunch at Mon Ami restaurant, sample wines grown on the shores of Lake Erie. A charming Victorian mansion, over a hundred years old, greets visitors at the Schedel Foundation Arboretum and Gardens. A crystal clear waterfall tumbles over rock ledges to a quiet pool in the exquisite Japanese garden on the grounds of the arboretum.

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Rhode Island

  • Bay Queen Cruises
    Historical narration and peculiar, humorous items of interest. Lighthouses include Conimicut, Warwick, Plum Beach, Dutch Island, Rose Island, Beavertail, Castle Hill, Newport Harbor, Sandy Point and Hog Island. Bring your Camera!

  • Flaherty Charters
    See the great lighthouses the way the ancient mariners saw them, from majestic Narragansett Bay. Tour length is approximately 3 hours. Extended tours available upon request. Tour Includes Picnic Lunch on Rose Island, catered by Sandwich Board Deli of Newport

  • Rhose Island Lighthouse Cruise & Newport Harbor Tours
    One hour and forty-minute narrated Lighthouse Cruise of lower Narragansett Bay. This 30 mile tour includes includes 10 Lighthouses, 10 islands, sailing under the Jamestown & Newport Bridges, passing by Hammersmith Farm, Fort Adams, mansions, miles of breathtaking coastline scenery and a complete tour of famous Newport Harbor tour! Departs from Quonset Point in North Kingstown. May 21 through October 25, please visit website or call for sailing dates and times. Free dockside parking. For more information call 401-295-4040.

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South Carolina

  • Bobby's Discovery Tours
    Bobby's Discovery Tours is a group tour company that specializes in group tours for small groups in the Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina area. They offer a special tour called North Carolina Lighthouses

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Virginia

  • Assateague Explorer
    See Assateague's wild ponies, dolphin, bald eagles and other wildlife along the water during an awesome sunset. Sit back and relax with a close up view of the Assateague Lighthouse and it's twin rotating lights that pass overhead at night. Enjoy the coastal island charm as you relive the seafaring history of the Assateague Lighthouse which has warned passing ships and local waterman of the shallow waters off Assateague for nearly 170 years.

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Washington

  • Schooner Zodiac
    Circumnavigate the San Juan Islands on the 79 year young schooner Zodiac with 24 ship mates, exploring eight NW lighthouses. Sail west from Bellingham past Patos Island Light and south past Cattle Point Light across the Straits of Juan De Fuca to PT. Wilson Light. Learn how sailors coming in from the sea relied on light houses to determine position at night or in fog and stormy weather. Before the advent of Radar and GPS, position was determined by matching information on the charts with lights at specified positions with identifying gongs and horns.Point Wilson Lighthouse. Shore parties will visit selected light stations with knowledgeable tour leaders. Join the crew of the Schooner Zodiac for seven slow-paced, magic days in the American San Juan Islands, seeking wind to fill the sails and quiet coves to drop anchor each night.

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Wisconsin

  • Apostle Island Cruises
    On the SHORELINE LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE venture north of Bayfield, up the mainland shoreline to Raspberry Island, home of the second lighthouse built among the islands. The picturesque Raspberry Island lighthouse first operated during the 1864 navigation season. Scenic shoreline, island splendor, shipwrecks, and your Captain's noteworthy narration make this cruise an exceptional "afternoon delight"!

  • Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises
    Visit the remote off shore Plum and Pilot Islands in Death's Door Passage. We will take you close along the coastline of the islands to see and photograph the lighthouses. Among the other sights you'll see are sheer limestone cliffs, Washington Island, Detroit Island, and the old Coast Guard Station. During this narrated tour you'll learn about the history of the lighthouses, Death's Door Passage, shipping past and present, and much more!

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Canada

  • Istorlet Nautical Center (Quebec)
    Madeleine Islands Lighthouse Route

    Join an animated cruise-excursion and discover the captivating history of our lighthouses, those proud witnesses to our maritime heritage. Aboard the ISTORLET, a new and comfortable 12-metre pneumatic

    boat, an interpreter guide will shed light on the lives of the lighthouse keepers and the events that marked

    the evolution of lighthouses in the archipelago.

    This maritime tour links three lighthouses, each located on a different island. On the way, you will observe several bird colonies and participate in the sea mammals countdown. For more information, Centre nautique de l'Istorlet Tel.: 1-888-937-8166

  • Tobermory Adventure Tours (Ontario)
    Lighthouse Tours board the Dawnlight in Tobermory on Sunday at 7:00 pm, and sets sail at 9:00 pm. The tour ends in Tobermory the following Friday.

    During the tour, we cruise the perimeter of Georgian Bay, paying particular attention to the historic lighthouses established in the mid to late 1800's.

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