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Rose Island Lightouse

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Address: 365 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-847-4242
09:00 - 17:00
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Discover quaint, colonial charm with a stay at an historic lighthouse in...

Discover quaint, colonial charm with a stay at an historic lighthouse in Newport, RI. located one mile off the coast of in Narragansett Bay. Built in 1869, the restored lighthouse provides a rare opportunity to share in its history. Your reservation includes boat transportation.

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Amazing place, definitely a great place for an overnight!

We had a very cool visit to the island. We stayed for a single overnight and we were the only 2 people on the island. Exploring the island was fascinating and the views from the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Mayfield, New York
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Mayfield, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very cool visit to the island. We stayed for a single overnight and we were the only 2 people on the island. Exploring the island was fascinating and the views from the light at sunset were amazing. We did have trouble with the central heat for the first 6 hours so it was very chilly for a... More 

Thank BBOnTheLake
Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Ooooowee, baby. This historic landmark is situated offshore in what feels like the middle of Narragansett Bay. Ships and pleasure craft pass to the west and sailboat races are almost daily all summer. One must reach the lighthouse by boat and the ferry runs fairly frequently. I believe the rooms are booked months in advance but it's a lovely place... More 

Thank John S
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Fun to stay overnight at the lighthouse. We had the second floor apartment which is fully equiped and has a private bath. Bring your own food, but there is drinking water and a few spices and condiments if you want to use them. On the night we were there, only one other couple was staying there, too, even though the... More 

Thank alreadypacked1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We love Rose Island Light! It is beautiful and we enjoyed our tour. The guide was knowledgeably and friendly. We spent a little over 1 hour here. It is small but it's a great lighthouse (and supposedly haunted too!). The scenery is also great. I will say that it is very hard to get to the top. You have to... More 

Thank Jessc416
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We were fortunate that the island (a bird sanctuary of sorts) had just opened for the public. There is a 'landing fee' of $5.00 per person. The lighthouse has a very cute interior and the climb up is fairly easy. When you get to the top, there is a small window/door to crawl through which allows access to the platform.... More 

Thank Rdskolars
New City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Pricey to take the Newport-Jamestown ferry to get there, but you can ferry all around the bay for the rest of the day after an interesting visit to the lighthouse. Beautiful views, interesting history and LOTS of birds.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I've always wanted to stay overnight in a lighthouse and this was just what I imagined it to be. The reservation process was very easy, the boat ride over to the island was fun and my time on the island was just great! The weather was a bit rainy for part of my time there, but that didn't matter -... More 

Thank LouiseSP2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The $5 cash landing fee is worth every penny. The bosun greets you and gives you a brief intro to the island. The gatekeepers' cottage has been restored to 1912; it provides the access to the lighthouse with its great view of Newport. The beach roses are lovely. There is sea glass on the beach. The military outbuildings are zealously... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

I went her with my friend it was a lot of fun and very pretty. Chris is very helpful and loves the island. My friend and i went kayaking it was a lot of fun a little difficult going against the current but a great experience. The light house was so fun to climb up to and it has a... More 

Thank daniiibas
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

This lighthouse on an island in the bay off Newport is a great weekend over nite mini adventure....bring all your food and you get an included row boat trip to carry you to this retrea...you also can be assigned some lighthouse duties....great for all looking for a quiet quik escape

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