New York's Long Island is home to almost 20 lighthouses, most spread along the northern shore or up at the east end on the North Fork, also known as wine country! Touring the Lighthouses of Long Island is an excellent and romantic getaway.
No Long Island vacation would be complete without at least some time spent investigating the wineries of the North Fork. Long Island’s North Fork is home to nearly 40 wineries and has long been considered one of the best viticultural areas in the country.
Wineries, while one of the biggest draws to the area, are hardly the only North Fork attraction. Long before there were vineyards or a wine country to be enamored of, Long Island was primarily known as a port for its abundant fishing. Consequently, the Long Island Sound shoreline is dotted with lighthouses.
Enjoy a late summer day on the water, learning about the historic and beautiful lighthouses of Long Island on the Long Island Lighthouse Cruise.
Long Island Lighthouse Cruises
The Eco-Lighthouses Cruise, sponsored by the East End Seaport Museum, will take place on Saturday, August 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a unique guided tour exploring the relationship between light-keepers and their marine environment. During the cruise, you will see around seven lighthouses up close. Lunch will be provided during disembarkation at the “Bug Light,” where you will also tour the lighthouse.
These summer lighthouse cruises are a perfect opportunity to take panoramic photos of the Long Island shore and enjoy stunning views. The trip is narrated by Ted Webb, a local expert on maritime history and/or Bob Allen, the great grandson of the last lighthouse keeper of Bug Light. These two men will share the family stories and history as well as the legends and possible haunting of several of the lighthouses.
The excursion is $95, $85 for senior or military.
Other Lighthouse Cruises
The East End Seaport Museum sponsors several other cruising events throughout the summer and fall. Some of the other tours you can take include:
Super Cruise – See over 10 lighthouses in one day while riding on a hi-speed vessel. September 16
Bug Light Excursion – Spend a couple hours over the weekend at Long Beach Bar Lighthouse, aka Bug Light. Take a tour and explore the grounds while enjoying great views. September 21 & 22
Chowder Cruise – A special Lighthouse Day Cruise to close out the season. Warm, delicious chowder served! October 12
See more information about pricing and tickets on the East End Seaport website. Keep in mind: Tickets for cruises often sell out in advance, so make sure to get yours early!