Enjoy a scenic harbor cruise to nearby Rose Island to explore this fully restored lighthouse and view the remains of 200-year-old Fort Hamilton, now an important wildlife sanctuary.
Depart into the fresh sea breeze and beautiful scenery of Naragansett Bay en route to Rose Island. During your 50-minute cruise to the Island, your captain will share some of the 350-year history of the 'City-by-the-Sea' and how it earned the title 'Yachting Capital of the World'. First lit in 1870, the lighthouse was lovingly restored to its original turn-of-the-last 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 a number of migrating birds. A visit to this "living museum" offers insight into a by-gone way of life spent tending the light and raising families in dedicated self-sufficiency.
Following your visit to the lighthouse, you will join your naturalist guide for a leisurely walk before re-boarding your vessel for the return to the pier. 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.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking and/or standing, half of which is along dirt pathways. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Since Rose Island is exposed to weather, we suggest you wear comfortable non-slip footwear as well as a windbreaker or rain jacket. The tour will operate rain or shine.