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Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

723 Second St., Annapolis, MD 21403

About Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Come on in...

That's right, now you can come inside this historic structure! 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 "intact" lighthouse of its kind left in its original location.

Historic Tour Features

  • 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  

Tour Details:

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 next day (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 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 noon, 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! Visit the Official Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse website for additional information.

The duration of the tour is in excess of 2 hours, and includes a 30 minute boat ride to the lighthouse, a docent led tour of the interior, and a 30 minute return boat ride. Seating is limited, so reserve early.

To Make a Reservation

Contact: U.S. Lighthouse Society headquarters at (415) 362-7255 or email
PLEASE NOTE:  Ticket sale representatives are in the state of Washington and are behind by three hours from Maryland.  Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDST.

Cost: $70 Per Person

Preparation for the tour:

This is a rigorous tour and physically demanding.  Decks and ladders are very slippery.  You will be climbing up the ladders and through small hatches.  You'll want to leave bulky back-packs or purses on the boat so you can climb through easily.  Please wear appropriate shoes and attire (no skirts).  All shoes must be closed toe and closed heel.  No flip flops or sandals are allowed.  Must be 12 years old or at least 4' tall.  Don't forget your sunblock!

Safety Video

Viewing the safety video is required for everyone that will be visiting the lighthouse on one of our tours.  Please visit to see the video.

2015 Tour Dates
All tour dates start at either 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 Noon

June 21 (Sunday)
July 5 (Sunday)
July 18
August 1
August 16 (Sunday)
August 29
September 5
September 12
September 27 (Sunday)
October 10



- Family Friendly

- Maximum Group:


- Reservation Recommended

- Reservations Required


- Group Tours Available

- Private Tours Available



- Payment Methods Accepted

American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Master Card, Visa,

- Price Range Maximum


- Price Range Minimum


- Free Parking