Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Tours

The much anticipated public tours of this National Historic Landmark and icon of the Chesapeake Bay is finally here!

You’ve seen it in pictures, viewed it from shore, maybe boated right by it. Now tour the interior of one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States, Thomas Point Shoal. You will be guided by one of our experienced lighthouse docents and learn the history of the light, the life of a keeper in the early days and the role of our modern-day Coast Guard. Built in 1875 and now a National Historic Landmark, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is the last of its kind left in its original location.

2014 Thomas Point Shoal Cruise Dates:

June 21
9:00am or 11:30am
July 5
9:00am or 11:30am
July 19
9:00am or 11:30am
August 2
9:00am or 11:30am
August 16
9:00am or 11:30am
August 30
9:00am or 11:30am
September 6
9:00am or 11:30am
September 13
9:00am or 11:30am
October 4
9:00am or 11:30am
October 11
9:00am or 11:30am

Tours depart from Annapolis, Maryland. The specific dock is located at waters edge behind the Annapolis Maritime Museum located at 723 2nd St Annapolis, MD 21403. The vessel Sharps Island will be moored at the closest pier to the Horn Point Marina.

When you book a Saturday Thomas Point Shoal cruise, you are also committing to the following Sunday as a back up day in case bad weather prevents a Saturday launch. In the extremely rare occasion that both Saturday and Sunday are cancelled due to weather, then you will receive a credit voucher for a future cruise.

Remember, all money collected helps support the preservation of the lighthouse. Each day has two cruise times to choose from, either 9:00am or 11:30am, and registration is on a first come first serve basis, so get your name in early!

Come see our lighthouse and the great work that the Chesapeake Chapter volunteers of the U.S. Lighthouse Society are doing to preserve this national treasure we all share!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: The tour includes a 30-minute boat ride to the lighthouse, a docent led tour of the interior, and a 30-minute return boat ride. Tours are limited to 18 people per boat, and reservations are required.SAFETY VIDEO: Viewing this safety video is REQUIRED for everyone that will be visiting the lighthouse on one of our tours. Click Here to view the Thomas Point Shoal Safety Video

CONTACT:U.S. Lighthouse Society headquarters via phone or email
to make your reservation using your credit card, or to get additional information:(415) 362-7255,

Here are two additional videos about the history of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse!

  • Legacy of the Light A 13 minute short film about the history of the Thomas Point Shoal Light Station
  • News Reel Video A fascinating news reel made in 1986 documenting the automation of the lighthouse and the final transfer home of the last lighthouse keeper.


  • Learn about how lighthouse keepers lived
  • Learn about other lighthouses on the Bay and how many met their demise
  • Learn how the U.S. Lighthouse Society is restoring and preserving this lighthouse

Contact: U.S. Lighthouse Society headquarters via phone or email to make your reservation using your credit card, or to get additional information:

Note – The tour of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is adventure travel involving some physical exertion. The tour includes a 30-minute boat ride to the lighthouse through potentially heavy seas, transfer to the lighthouse dock, a climb up a steep ladder and through a small hatch a trap door on the lighthouse deck. No flip-flops, Crocs, open-back shoes or high heels. There are no toilet facilities on the boat nor on the lighthouse. If you have any concerns that you or a member of your party will have difficulty, we strongly advise against booking a tour.