|Sunday Aug 14, 2022 11:40 AM - Sunday Aug 21, 2022 12:00 PM | $100.00 - $135.00
Explore Race Rock Lighthouse
Twice this year, New London Maritime Society offers trips to visit inside Race Rock Lighthouse. Space is limited -- each trip has a maximum of six passengers. You will land by boat at Race Rock Light Station and explore throughout Race Rock Lighthouse.
Landing at Race Rock demands some physical dexterity.
You don't have to be a Ninja, but you will have to transfer from one boat to another, then balance on the edge of the smaller boat and climb directly up a ladder to reach the platform.
NB: the times have yet to be set.
Trips will be timed to run at slack tide and also are weather-dependent.
Be certain to check your email prior to the trip for any last-minute changes or cancellations.
You'll have from 30 to 50 minutes out at Race Rock, depending upon conditions.
Please make your reservation immediately.
We meet at the Custom House Dock, New London Waterfront Park, CT 06320. Please arrive on time. Everyone must sign a waiver of liability before boarding.
All passengers are required to wear a life jacket (provided) while in transit, and also must wear appropriate foot ware: deck shoes or sneakers (no sandals or flip flops.
Please be advised: wind conditions can change quickly and there always is the possibility of last-minute cancellations. Our captain makes the call and your safety is our primary concern.
(If you want to take a chance signing up at the last-minute, please call 203-444-2884.)
The lighthouse is composed of a two and one-half story Gothic Revival style granite masonry keeper's dwelling with an integral three and one-half story tower. The 67 foot high tower has an octagonal cast iron lantern and gallery surrounded by wrought iron railing with six brick-lined rooms in the basement and dwelling.
Building Race Rock Light was a feat of engineering bravery directed over seven years by New London's own Captain T. A Scott. The lighthouse was first lit in 1878. For 139 years Race Rock's red lantern light and fog horn have guided mariners through the roiling currents at the Race. In 2013 Race Rock Light Station was entrusted to the New London Maritime Society by the federal government through the National Lighthouse Preservation Act.
Our tours leave from downtown New London's Custom House Maritime Museum - just two blocks from the New London Amtrak station. We cruise six miles out past Harbor, Ledge, Avery Point and North Dumpling lighthouses to Race Rock Light at Long Island Sound's opening to the Atlantic, along the way passing a submarine factory, two forts, a USCG station, & Fishers Island.
Race Rock Light Station (1878), along with the New London Harbor Light (est. 1760, current tower 1801) and Ledge Light (1909) at the mouth of the Thames River, create a pathway of beacons leading from the Atlantic Ocean to the historic port of New London. All three lights are now owned by the New London Maritime Society. Monies raised by these tours support restoration of our local lighthouses.
~ tour prices
$135 adults, $100 NLMS members.
Your ticket includes free admission to the Custom House Maritime Museum ($7 value) and a 10% discount in the Museum Shop.
Tickets are non-refundable unless there is a weather cancellation. All tours are weather dependent. Please check your email inbox prior to departing for the dock. We will notify you by email if the tour is canceled.
Food and drink, with the exception of water, is NOT permitted on the boat. For safety reasons, NO alcoholic beverages are permitted.
Go to our website nlmaritimesociety.org to learn more.
See you at the Custom House!
And thank you for your support of our historic lighthouses.
Custom House Maritime Museum (View)
150 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
|Minimum Age: 6|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|