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Visit Rose Island

Tours - When can I visit and how do I get there? - What do I do once I'm there?
See our photo album& watch the video - School visit to Rose Island

Rose Island - an unforgettable eco-exploration!

Rose Island Lighthouse is located on an 18 acre island off the New England coast, set a mile into Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.  Built in 1869, it is a working lighthouse just minutes away from the quaint colonial town of Newport.

Beyond the reach of utility lines and services, the lighthouse stands as an independent, energy-efficient building that was home to keepers and their families for over a hundred years.

After the Pell Newport Bridge was built the Light Station was abandoned. For the next 14 years it fell victim to scavengers, vandals and the weather. In 1984 volunteers of the newly formed non profit, the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation, cleaned out and restored it to its 1912 appearance, installing environmentally sensitive, utilities for electricity, water, sewer, and heat.

On August 7, 1993, after the funds had been raised to pay all the restoration bills, the beacon was joyously relit. Rose Island Light is once again listed on today's charts as a private aid to navigation. It is one of only a few operating lighthouses maintained by working vacationers who sign on for a week at a time as part of our environmental education program. The Lighthouse is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Tours

Our tour guides will greet you when you arrive.  They will provide you with a fascinating introduction, rich in romance and history, in exchange for a small landing or admission fee $5 adults; $4 children ages 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. FREE for RILF members and children 5 yrs. and under. Enjoy a $1 discount if you arrive on the Jamestown Newport Ferry. Ask about special rates for group tours and educational programs.

Tour the lighthouse museum where each room is fully restored just as if keepers of old still lived there. Running off wind-powered electricity and a rainwater collection system the lighthouse offers an unforgettable view into another century!

When can I visit and how do I get there?

July 1 - Labor Day
The Lighthouse Museum, meeting and picnic areas are open to the public July 1 to Labor Day between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM daily. Our Wildlife Refuge is open the same hours after August 14.  See Visitor Guidelines

Educational Programs
Overnight and Weeklong Stays

Group Tour

Lighthouse and Harbor Tour – Perfect for 1- 6 passengers

How do I get there?

Newport-Jamestown Ferry

Jamestown Ferry on its way to Rose Island

Ferry Schedule  -
Map & Driving Directions to Ferry Landings

On your own boat

There is no dock space available for visitor tie-ups. From July 1 to Labor Day between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, you are welcome to drop off and pick up at our dock, then anchor and come ashore by tender or swim ashore. Small sailing craft, skiffs, canoes or kayaks are welcome to land on the beaches near the lighthouse. Click here for a map showing you where to land.

Landing or Admission fee - $5 adults; $4 children ages 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. FREE for RILF members and children 5 yrs. and under.

September- June

Want to visit Rose Island after Labor Day? Just call our office to make arrangements. There are many ways to visit the Lighthouse.  We offer:

Educational Programs
Overnight and Weeklong Stays
Group TourLighthouse and Harbor Tour – Perfect for 1- 6 passengers

What do I do once I'm there?

1. Take a tour of the Historic Lighthouse and Fort Hamilton barracks. Guides are available during the summer months.
2. Walk around and enjoy the gardens, natural flora and fauna including birds and crustacea. Click here for a visitor's map.
3. Comb the beaches. Check out the tidal pools.
4. Fish off the rocks, or collect mussels if the tide is low ( tide charts)
5. Eat the picnic lunch you brought (remember to "Pack it In & Pack it Out.")
6. Relax. Imagine it's 1912 and you're the keeper. It's a quiet afternoon, and all your chores are done. . .


 

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