Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lighthouses
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Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is the last surviving screwpile lighthouse in it's original location and still being used as a navigational beacon on the Chesapeake Bay. Built in 1875, it is a National Historic Landmark. It is owned by the City of Annapolis and managed by the United States Lighthouse Society. Public tours are provided on most Saturdays during the season (June until October). The 30 minute boat ride takes guests to the lighthouse where trained docents explain the history and significance of the lighthouse. The lighthouse has undergone a complete restoration over the past 15 years and is truly a very special place to visit.
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Ann M
Lothian, MD438 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is a screwpile lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay. A few days a year, The US Lighthouse society takes tours out to see the lighthouse. I am a lighthouse fan and love to go inside them so I could not miss this opportunity. This was a manned lighthouse from 1875-1986 when automation took over. The society is restoring it to its early history in all the rooms.

You need to reserve the tour in advance and it costs $70 per person. No one under 12 is permitted. This is not physically demanding but you have to climb ladders, navigate through the supports and climb through a hatch. There are no bathroom facilities available for the 2-1/2 hour tour. The remaining tour dates for 2014 are October 4 and 11. Each tour takes 18 people.

The tour departs from the dock at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport. The docents and Captain give you a safety briefing and you board a Vietnam era navy river patrol boat for the 30 minute ride out to the lighthouse. This is a small boat and not everyone can fit under the covered area or out on the front. But it was a smooth ride out and the Captain made a point of navigating wakes to avoid too much rolling.

You dock at the small dock and after everyone boards the lighthouse, the boat leaves. You gather on the lower deck where supplies were stored when it was manned and then climb through the hatch to the main floor. The hatch gets shut so you can walk around the whole deck. The lighthouse has a 4 room main floor with parlor, kitchen, office and a room the was just tool and supply storage this day but should be a bunkroom. The second floor had some historical objects as well as active NOAA equipment and electronics to run the light and foghorn. You can't go all the way up into the top light area but you can stick your head into this fairly small space.

There is plenty of time for pictures and the docents were very good. They were 4 docents on the tour also to make sure there is always help navigating the difficult areas. The Captain does a nice slow circle around the light as he leaves so you can get plenty of good pictures.

I have lived my whole life in Maryland and just found out about this tour last year. It is pricey but to me it was well worth it and I highly recommend it to lighthouse fans.
Written September 13, 2014
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dgbg100106
Odenton, MD1,676 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
You can only get this lighthouse from the water, but you can get a great view of it from the Thomas Point Park.

The lighthouse is unique for one very special reason, it is in its original location for over 100 years and it is a screwpile, those things together make it one unique lighthouse.

You can take a tour if you don't have a boat. We used Watermark cruises.

This is a must see if you are a lover of lighthouses.
Written December 5, 2016
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Atrually the lighthouse is 145 years old this year. And it is the last surviving screwpile lighthouse in it's original location on the bay. In addition to the Watermark cruises, the US Lighthouse Society takes tours out to the lighthouse most Saturdays during the season (June to October). They are led by trained docents. The lighthouse is a museum piece and has been restored over the past 15 years. The boat ride out to the lighthouse takes 30 minutes, and the tour is 2 hours. Well worth the price! If you are interested in the tour, you can book it at thomasppointshoallighthouse.org
Written March 13, 2020
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lovetotravel560
Arnold, MD680 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
This is a quintessential Chesapeake Bay lighthouse on the middle of the bay at the mouth of the South River just south of Annapolis. It is only accessible by boat. There is no access to the interior.
Written April 26, 2017
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Actually you can get access to the interior. The US Lighthouse Society takes tours out to the lighthouse most Saturdays during the season (June to October). They are led by trained docents. The lighthouse is a museum piece and has been restored over the past 15 years. The boat ride out to the lighthouse takes 30 minutes, and the tour is 2 hours. Well worth the price! If you are interested in the tour, you can book it at thomasppointshoallighthouse.org
Written March 13, 2020
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riva9129
Annapolis, MD2,440 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
Not sure why this is on here, i wouldn't go out of my way by boat to see this...U can actually drive down towards bayridge and see it from land. There's a area/neighborhood call Thomas Point, nice houses, some older ones and some newer monster houses.
Seriously just easier and makes more sense to go downtown and look at pictures of it at the museum.
Nothing special, you can't visist or pull up to it by boat, you can get close but thats it.
Written November 6, 2018
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Please take the US Lighthouse Society tour out to the lighthouse. We run tours most Saturdays during the season (June to October). They are led by trained docents. There is nothing "ho hum" about this lighthouse. It is a museum piece and has been restored over the past 15 years. The boat ride out to the lighthouse takes 30 minutes, and the tour is 2 hours.
Written February 28, 2020
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JSfromDC
Washington DC, DC464 contributions
Aug 2019
The Thomas Point Lighthouse is classic Chesapeake Bay and an amazing sight! The lighthouse is best seen by water but can also be seen by the park near by. Worth a visit.
Written August 27, 2019
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The US Lighthouse Society takes tours out to the lighthouse most Saturdays during the season (June to October). They are led by trained docents. The lighthouse is a museum piece and has been restored over the past 15 years. The boat ride out to the lighthouse takes 30 minutes, and the tour is 2 hours. Well worth the price!
Written February 28, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jerseygirl087302015
Annapolis, MD27 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
This is a unique opportunity to tour an off-shore lighthouse and learn the history of the structure as well as the story of the lighthouse keepers and how they lived for months at a time in this tiny space. The lighthouse windows and decking provided beautiful views of Annapolis' historic landmarks, sailboats, yachts, and local fishers and crabbers. The boat ride was a lovely part of the experience. There is some physical effort require but the majority of our "older" crowd did not find it strenuous. We were very impressed with this mostly volunteer operation. The tour was 3 hours with the boat ride plus another 30 minutes of introduction/safety information. The boat departs from the waterfront campus of the Annapolis Maritime Museum in the Eastport area of Annapolis.
Written August 10, 2017
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I am so glad you took the tour. Our docents work very hard to make this a wonderful experience. Thanks for your review.
Written March 13, 2020
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JudyBilly
Annapolis, MD15 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
The Eastport Maritime Museum offers boat tours out to the lighthouse. You land underneath and climb the metal stairs into the lighthouse. It is being renovated to bring it back to the period when it was manned, which it no longer is. The renovations are excellent and give you a true idea of what the living quarters were like for the lighthouse keeper and family. Check with the Museum to sign up in advance.
Written January 5, 2016
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Craig W
Millerstown, PA216 contributions
Sep 2020
Any lighthouse fan needs to grab a peak. Even none fans, easy to locate out in the Bay. I believe there are tours of the area take you close to it or not. Worth checking into.
Written October 6, 2020
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We will resume tours next June on the lighthouse. The 2 hour Docent led tours are amazing, and guests can see the complete 3 story inside of the lighthouse which has been fully restored to a pre-1939 representation. It is quite amazing. Stay tuned.
Written October 7, 2020
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randiboldevin
Western Norway, Norway8 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
Excellent, the weather was perfect and the sea calm. We also included Annapolis old town and a delicious lunch at Hemingway's.
Written June 18, 2018
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MikeE73
Buffalo, NY153 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
This lighthouse is stunning. The architecture has been copied as far away as Coronado CA. But it is a functional lighthouse, so there is no visiting. Further, it is off shore in Chesapeake Bay, so the only way to really see it is by boat.
Written October 21, 2017
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The US Lighthouse Society takes tours out to the lighthouse most Saturdays during the season (June to October). They are led by trained docents. The lighthouse is a museum piece and has been restored over the past 15 years. The boat ride out to the lighthouse takes 30 minutes, and the tour is 2 hours. Well worth the price! If you are interested in the tour, you can book it at thomasppointshoallighthouse.org
Written March 13, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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