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Rose Island Lightouse

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Address: 365 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-4242
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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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Stay overnight!

This is fun and interesting. All arranged thru the website and ferry co, you park in a designated lot in Jamestown, the ferry takes you to the island. We stayed overnight... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This is fun and interesting. All arranged thru the website and ferry co, you park in a designated lot in Jamestown, the ferry takes you to the island. We stayed overnight (benefits the Lighthouse foundation). When the lighthouse museum closes at 4pm, the island is yours, pretty much... they have 2 bedrooms, a bedroom in a separate building on the... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

My wife and I were on a Fall Foliage Tour and we stopped at the Fort Addams State Park for a pit stop. I was able to see the lighthouse from the park with a zoom lens with my camera. Love taking pictures of lighthouses. I added this to my collection. I believe in order to get to this lighthouse... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

I drove out to Goat island and took a left and just passed the parking garage took a right and there was a little parking area and band shell like pavilion where I was able to snap a few pictures of Rose Island Lighthouse at sunset. Perhaps not for the die hards who want to spend time there, but a... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

You have to take boat over, obviously, because it's on an island. After the Newport Bridge was built, the lighthouse was abandoned. For 14 years it fell victim to neglect. In 1984, volunteers of the RILF cleaned out and restored it to it's 1912 appearance. The lighthouse in in use again today, maintained by working vacationers on sign on for... More 

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Kings Park, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Hesitant to give a great review, because we had such a wonderful time, and we want to keep the secret for ourselves! We were 2 couples & we stayed overnight in the first floor rooms. Like living in a museum, where you could actually sit & sleep on the furniture.

1 Thank Marie D
Old Saybrook, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Looking forward the staying here. Nora, the guide on the boat ride that we took was friendly and knowledgeable and is family to the owners.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This lighthouse is amazing. You have to take a boat to get there so it's obviously not crowded. We went there for a work function to clean the grounds. There were maybe 20 of us and a family that was staying in the actual lighthouse for their vacation. There is an old barracks house that you can see but there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

I love the drive here and the simple beauty of the design. It has stood for many, many years and is always a beacon of early American maritime life.

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Longwood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Travel back in time to 1900 when the lighthouse cottage was closed and eventually became a museum. You can visit the island during the day to visit the museum and explore or you can spend the night in the cottage and live as the lighthouse keepers did 115 years ago. We had a great experience even though cooking, washing and... More 

Thank mediadon
Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

What a treat on a beautiful day to visit this lighthouse in Newport Harbor!!! There is easy accessability to all of the site which includes the lighthouse/living quarters, a early nature trails, beaches, and early US military buildings. You can go to the top of the lighthouse and have a panaramic view from the Jamestown-Newport Bridge to the opening to... More 

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