Come out to Greenport, on Long Island’s North Fork, for a Bug Lighthouse cruise and tour. If you are going to be here around the end of October, there are even special Halloween cruises planned!
There’s always something fun to do on Long Island’s North Fork but one of the more popular attractions has to be the Bug Light.
The lighthouse, which serves as a gateway to Greenport, Shelter Island, and Peconic Bay, is officially known as the Long Beach Bar Light. It became known as the “Bug” Light because it was originally constructed on a screwpile platform that elevated it above Gardiner’s Bay. From a distance, the spindly pilings supporting the structure made the lighthouse look like a big bug walking on the water. By the time the light was converted from a screwpile platform to a concrete caisson foundation, the name had stuck.
Long Beach Bar Lighthouse was constructed in 1871 and decommissioned in 1948 after a sandbar had grown to make the beacon useless as a channel marker. Various groups tussled over buying the historic light until 1963, when arsonists solved the ownership issue by burning the light to the foundation.
The foundation sat unencumbered until the summer of 1990, when a replica was floated out to replace the original. The “replica” was so complete that, in 1993, the Coast Guard recognized the beacon as a federal aid to navigation. The Bug Light has been back in service ever since.
The Greenport’s East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation owns, operates, and maintains the Bug Lighthouse. As part of their funding and outreach, they offer a variety of lighthouse tours from late May through late October.
Bug Lighthouse cruises are narrated, often by local guide, Bob Allen. Bob was raised in Greenport and is a descendant of a Bug Lighthouse keeper. Consequently, his narrations can really take you behind the scenes of the lighthouse, as well as back in time.
Every October, the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation offers two special Halloween Bug Lighthouse cruises.
The first is the adults-only Halloween cruise and tour. This event includes wine and cheese, ghost stories, and a costume contest. You’ll also be able to tour the Bug Light, which will be ghoulishly decorated for the occasion.
The second Halloween cruise is a family cruise. This cruise is much the same as the adult cruise except for cider, and snacks replacing the wine and cheese.
2017 Bug Lighthouse Cruise and Tour Schedule
Bug Lighthouse Cruise and Tour – Saturdays, May 20 through Oct 21, 4pm to 6pm
Round-trip cruise, narrated tour and time to explore inside of Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse.
Halloween Bug Lighthouse Cruise –
October 28 – Adult Cruise
October 29 – Family Cruise, 4pm to 6pm
Tickets for Bug Lighthouse cruises and tours are available online at www.eastendseaport.org. You can also pick them up at the East End Seaport Museum on 3rd Street in Greenport, NY.
Bug Lighthouse Cruise Lodging
Locally owned and operated, Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast is a Long Island B&B that offers upper-tier amenities, delicious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Give yourself the reward of luxury, comfort, and uncommon service during your Long Island getaway with a stay at Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast!