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Rhode Island Lighthouses:
Narragansett Bay Western Side
and South Coast

beavertail lighthouse

Narragansett, Westerly, North Kingston, Warwick,
Wickford, and Jamestown

Photo Gallery of Rhode Island West Side Lights

Conanicut Island and Prudence Island, along with many smaller islands divided Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay into two channels, the East Passage and the West Passage. With so many dangerous ledges and islands along the Narragansett Bay area and with Rhode Island’s rocky coastline, lighthouses were built to guide mariners and shipping traffic from Newport up into Providence. There are currently 21 lighthouses in total within Rhode Island to view.

The areas surrounding Jamestown (and Newport on the eastern side) became places for the extremely rich who made their fortunes in the 19th century, many from the whaling industry, and many as part of the infamous Triangle Trade where African slaves were traded in the West Indies for sugar and molasses, which was used for rum in Newport.

Point Judith, in Narragansett, guided many mariners along one of the most foggiest and dangerous areas on the coast, known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". Watch Hill Light, the second oldest lighthouse, located on the most western edge of Rhode Island, guided mariners away from Westerly's treacherous rocky shoreline in stormy weather. Both areas resulted in many shipwrecks and maritime disasters, claiming many lives from those dangerous rocks and ledges.




Rhode Island Lighthouses in the West Side Region Visitors Can Drive Or Hike To

Note: The lighthouses mentioned below that you can drive to can also be viewed from various boat tours offered below.

Click any lighthouse image or link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.

Beavertail lighthouse

Beavertail Light

Watch Hill lighthouse

Watch Hill Light

Best Viewed by Boat:
Rhode Island Lighthouses in the Western Region

Click any lighthouse image or link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.

North Conanicut Island lighthouse

Conanicut Island Light

Dutch Island lighthouse

Dutch Island Light

Poplar Point lighthouse

Poplar Point Light

Plum Beach lighthouse

Plum Beach Light

Conimicut lighthouse

Conimicut Shoal Light

Warwick Harbor lighthouse

Warwick Harbor Light


Places to Visit
Rhode Island's West Side (heading northeast)

Westerly is a quaint resort area with its beaches and golf courses.

Watch Hill lighthouse along protective seawall

Watch Hill Light

The outer grounds of historic Watch Hill lighthouse are open to the public.

Narragansett is known as having four of the best beaches in Rhode Island. You can also visit the grounds year round of Point Judith Lighthouse.

Rocky shoreline of Point Judith Lighthouse

Point Judith Light

Jamestown is a quaint island community connected by bridges from the Newport area to Conanicut Island.

The grounds of Beavertail Lighthouse are located in Beavertail State Park.

The park provides lots of space for picnicking and hiking, and visitors can explore the unique rock formations around the lighthouse. rock formations in front of Beavertail lighthouse

Unique Rock Formations
at Beavertail Light

Nearby, Newport across the bridge from Jamestown, has plenty of attractions for tourists to visit and explore, like some of the famous elaborate mansions from America’s 19th and 20th centuries.

Wickford is a small coastal village that provides picturesque waterfront streets.

Gilbert Stuart Museum

Gilbert Stuart Museum
First Colonial Tobacco Mill

In Wickford, there are diverse museums nearby.

They include Smith’s Castle, The Gilbert Stuart Museum, The Seebee Museum, and The Casey Farm.

Warwick provides plenty of recreational activities in its parks to enjoy along its nearly 40 miles of coastline.

As part of Rhode Island's Greenways system of hiking and biking trails, the Coventry Greenway is a 5-mile unpaved hiking trail along a former railway line that extends from Warwick, to Coventry.

Goddard State Park in Warwick, is Rhode Island's most popular "metropolitan" park with trees from all over the world. Goddard park blooming trees

The Warwick Heritage Trail system is where you'll find plenty of examples of Victorian Era architecture.

Warwick harbor lighthouse tower during sunset.

Warwick Harbor Light

In Warwick, visitors can get a backside view of Warwick Harbor lighthouse from Route 117, along the same road as the Aldrich Mansion, a seventy room French chateau.

For more artistic tastes, the Complements Art Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in New England, or visit the Warwick Center for the Arts that provides entertainment in the arts.



Boat Tours: Rhode Island's West Side Region: Westerly, Narragansett, Jamestown to Warwick

Boat cruises mentioned below offer many types of cruises. While some may offer specific lighthouse cruises, some will pass by specific lighthouses as part of charters, narrated wildlife and historic tours, ferrying passengers, whale watching, fishing tours and other types of excursions. Contact info is provided to help you plan your special trips to New England’s shorelines. Enjoy!


Rhode Island Bay Cruises
Offers weekly lighthouse tours in season.Their narrated cruise covers 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses in Narragansett Bay along with a complete Newport Harbor Tour.

347 Roger Williams Way
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-4040

Lighthouses: Beavertail Lighthouse, Poplar Point Light, Plum Beach Lighthouse, Conanicut Light, Dutch Island Lighthouse, Plum Beach Light, Newport Harbor, Ida Lewis Light, Rose Island Light, Prudence Island Light, and Castle Hill Light.



Save the Bay Tours
Special organization for lighthouse and coastal preservation. In addition to various educational, nature, and historical tours, they provide an Ultimate Lighthouse Tour, and Southern and Northern Bay Lighthouse Tours on specific days during the summer. Tours may include stopovers to tour inside a particular lighthouse.
100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905
(401) 439-0670

Beavertail, Castle Hill, Lime Rock (Ida Lewis), Newport Harbor, Rose Island, Prudence Island, Hog Island, Bristol Ferry, Conanicut Point, Poplar Point, Plum Beach, Dutch Island, Nayatt Point, Pomham Rocks, Conimicut, and Warwick.



Snappa Charters
Offers specific lighthouse tours around Narragansett Bay and to Block Island in addition to other adventure tours.

(401) 782-4040
22 Colvintown Rd.
Coventry, RI 02816
Home (401) 821-7373
Boat/Cell (401) 487-9044

Lighthouses: Block Island Southeast, Block Island North, Watch Hill, and Point Judith, Beavertail, Castle Hill, Lime Rock (Ida Lewis) Light, Newport Harbor, Rose Island, Prudence Island, Hog Island, Bristol Ferry, Conanicut Point, Poplar Point, Plum Beach, and Dutch Island, Sakonnet, Nayatt Point, Pomham Rocks, Conimicut, and Warwick lighthouse.



Argia Mystic Cruises
Offers a special lighthouse 1/2 day cruise aboard an 81-foot sailing schooner.

Schooner Wharf
15 Holmes Street
Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: 860-536-0416
Fax: 860-536-0000

Lighthouses: Morgan Point, Mystic Seaport’s replica of Brant Point, North Dumpling (NY), Latimer Reef (NY), Race Rock (NY), New London Ledge, New London Harbor, Watch Hill (RI), and Avery Point



Air Services

Action Airlines,

(800) 243-8623

New England Airlines
Westerly State Airport,
Westerly, RI,
(401) 596-2460,
(800) 243-2460

Shoreline Aviation,
New Haven CT,
(800) 468-8639



Additional Resources
For All You Rhode Island Visitors

Rhode Island State Parks

Rhode Island Marinas

Rhode Island Museums

Rhode Island Tide Charts


My book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides lots of special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of additional indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours in the area, with contact info to plan your trip.

In the book, with stories from each lighthouse, you'll find a few local special stories, like the two famous maritime disasters and rescues that occurred near Watch Hill lighthouse, the famous steamship Larchmont disaster, and the sinking of the Metis. Both events helped to spark travel safety precautions we use today.

Look inside!

book about lighthouses and local coastal atttractions in southern New England



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