Newport - Rose Island Lighthouse & Harbour Cruise
Enjoy a scenic Newport harbour cruise to nearby Rose Island. Explore the fully restored lighthouse and see remains of 200-year old Fort Hamilton - now an important wildlife sanctuary.
Depart by boat into a fresh sea breeze and the beautiful scenery of Narragansett Bay en route to Rose Island. Your captain shares stories about the 350-year history of the ‘City-by-the-Sea’, and how it earned the title, ‘Yachting Capital of the World’. Rich in maritime heritage, past and present, a scenic cruise on the bay is an excellent way to appreciate Newport’s colonial heritage, yachting history and opulent estates.
First lit in 1870, the lighthouse was lovingly restored to its original turn-of-the-century ambiance in 1993 and remains a classic example of American maritime architecture. Due to its strategic location, Rose Island has been of military importance since the Revolutionary War. Today it plays an important role as home to numerous migrating birds.
A visit to this ‘living museum’ offers insight into a bygone way of life spent tending the light and raising families in dedicated self-sufficiency. Following the tour, you will have a few moments to enjoy the island’s ambiance before reboarding your vessel and returning to the pier.