Cruising on the Lights and Sights Tour with Cross Sound Ferry

I’m an admitted lighthouse fan so when Cross Sound Ferry invited me to try out their new “Lights and Sights” tour this spring, I was eager to see what they had in store. Last fall we cruised past nine lighthouses on their Classic New England Lighthouse tour, and this brand new tour for 2016 promised beautiful views of the Fishers Island, New York and Watch Hill, Rhode Island coastlines. And you know who has a beautiful mansion in Watch Hill, right? The celeb who had pictures of her kissing on the beach recently?

Taylor Swift's House in Watch Hill Rhode Island

Taylor Swift’s house

Cross Sound Ferry departs from the ferry terminal in New London, Connecticut. Lighthouse tours leave at 12:30 pm, 6 days a week in the summer and on a reduced schedule in the spring and fall. The tours last two hours and cost $28 for adults and $14 for children ages 2-11 (children under 2 are free.) Both tours are on their high-speed SEA JET catamaran. Inside there is plenty of seating on two enclosed air-conditioned passenger decks, but there are also outdoor observation decks.

Cross Sound Ferry lighthouse tour

Even if the kids aren’t into lighthouses, they can enjoy roaming the boat and watching the scenery. But the expert narrator tells such interesting stories about each of the lights and sights you pass by that it is bound to capture their attention. Plus, you can purchase a Lighthouse Passport from the United States Lighthouse Society at the snack bar and kids can get their passport stamped for each lighthouse you pass.

The Lights and Sights tour travels past eight lighthouses: New London Harbor Light, New London Ledge Lighthouse, North Dumpling Light, Morgan Point Light, Latimer Reef Light, Watch Hill Light, Race Rock Light (my favorite), and Little Gull Light.

New London Lighthouse in Connecticut

New London Light

New London Ledge lighthouse in Connecticut

New London Ledge lighthouse

North Dumpling Lighthouse

North Dumpling Light

Morgan Point Lighthouse

Morgan Point Lighthouse

Race Rock Light

Race Rock Light

Little Gull Light

Little Gull Light

Plus, you’ll pass by the famous Ocean House hotel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island (and see Taylor Swift’s house next door), Simmons Castle (which has hosted celebs including George Harrison, Robert Redford and Ali MacGraw), Fort Griswold, Fort Trumbull, Fort Wright, and New London’s historic waterfront.

Ocean House Hotel in Watch Hill Rhode Island

Ocean House Hotel

If you get lucky, you may also spy some seals sunning on the rocks around the lighthouses. On both tours we had great views of seals in November and April.

Seals jumping in the water off the coast of Rhode Island

While a lighthouse tour can be a fun day trip from the Southern New England area, you can also make a weekend out of it by staying nearby. I think real lighthouse fans would love a stay at the Lighthouse Suite at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa. And families will enjoy the five-star luxury of the Ocean House, with its on-property cinema, fresh donuts and gelato, and family programs.

If you are looking for more ideas of what to do in the area, I’d suggest:


I love all these beautiful lighthouse and landmarks that you get to see on this New England lighthouse tour from Cross Sound Ferry.

Note: I was a guest of Cross Sound Ferry for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.


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2 Comments on “Cruising on the Lights and Sights Tour with Cross Sound Ferry

  1. This is really a unique travel destination and I love the idea of cruising the light house, In fact, I never did this before. Thanks for sharing. You got me inspired here.

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