Steal away to New London. It's small and diverse, with fresh seafood, Ocean Beach, and cozy cafes. Special events are held summer Saturdays on Waterfront Park, just steps away from New London rail station.

All boat tickets include admission to the Custom House Maritime Museum ($5 value) and a 10% discount in the Museum Shop.

​We won! Our tours won Yankee Magazine's 2014 Editors Choice Best of New England Award for 'Best Lighthouse Tours'! 

Below:  Boat Schedule
            Overnight Packages
            Events Calendar 
            Be Part of Something BIG pin


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Boat Schedule  -  Sentinels on the Sound July through October 2014

Order all tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets
Go to brownpapertickets.com, search 'New London Lighthouse' and our 6 different tours & various special events will pop up.  Click on the tour/event you are looking for.
Choose the date & time from the left drop-down menu.
Book your tickets!  There is 24/7 Customer Service at 1-800-838-3006. 
One hundred percent of all monies raised go to the Lighthouse Restoration Fund.

All trips (except Ledge Light and Plum Island) originate, for sign-in purposes, at the Custom House Maritime Museum in downtown New London. Call: 860-447-8700 with questions. 
Day-of sales, only, are in person at the Custom House or by phone: 860-447-8700.
Cancellations accepted only with 24-hour notice.








































Overnight Packages -- we have two different plans

Lighthouse Weekend Overnight Packages are available July through October.

1.) The Big House Bed & Breakfast,17 Granite Street, in downtown New  London,  
      Call:  860-439-0464An overnight package for two includes:

~One night in the master bedroom at The Big House (breakfast included)

~Two lighthouse boat trips ($70 value)

~10% discount on dinner for two at one of five downtown restaurants

~10% discount on purchases at the Custom House Museum Shop

~free admission for two to the Custom House Maritime Museum ($10 value)

The total value of these items is greater than $200, but they may be purchased together as a package for $155. 

Remember: Shore Line East runs trains to-and-from New London every weekend!

2.) Saybrook Point Inn & Spa - Lighthouse Stay and Tour Package
     Call:  860.395.2000   Two Bridge Street, Old Saybrook CT 06475,  
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is now offering a new and unique lighthouse getaway package that affords guests the opportunity to experience breathtaking views of Long Island Sound, as well as tour of some of Connecticut’s most storied lighthouses. With rates starting at $529, the Lighthouse Stay & Tour package includes luxurious overnight accommodations in the Lighthouse Suite (also available in all room types) along with a full breakfast at Fresh Salt (up to $20 per person). In addition, guests will enjoy exciting tours of some of the most unique lighthouse in Connecticut, including New London Harbor Light, Ledge Light, Little Gull Light, North Dumpling Island Light, Race Rock Lighthouse, and Plum Island Light as part of the New London Maritime Society’s Sentinels on the Sound, an annual celebration of New London’s lighthouse heritage.

                                                   The Lighthouse Stay & Tour package at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa will be  
                                                   available on Saturdays’ only, beginning Saturday, July 6th through Saturday, 
                                                   October 25th and may be purchased by calling 860.395.2000.  Boats for the 
                                                   lighthouse tours depart from New London, tickets are not included in package 
                                                   price ($35 per person). Book tours through brownpapertickets.com, search 
                                                   'New London lighthouse'.

Be Part of Something BIG Lighthouse Pin.  For sale at the Custom House beginning July 1, 2014.

Purchase an I'm Part of Something BIG pin at the Custom House Museum Shop for $10 donation, beginning July 1. Pin wearers may partake of the following discounts at businesses in downtown New London on weekends, July through October, 2014. All money for the pin goes to our Lighthouse Restoration Fund.

Barry's Ice Cream and Candy - 10% off the purchase of Ice Cream or Candy
Bean & Leaf - 10% off Purchase
Carribean Cuisine In-n-Out - 10% off Purchase
Chaplins - 10% off Purchase
Copperwood Grill - 25% off Total Purchase of dinner or drinks
Custom House Museum Shop - 10% off purchases (not to be combined with other discounts) 
Daddy Jacks - 10% off Purchase
Dickson's Tavern - 3 Headed Pirate Pants cocktail for $5
Flavours of Life - Free small soapstone heart hand carved in Kenya with a $25 purchase
Mangetout - Free cookie or bar with lunch purchase
Muddy Waters - Free small coffee with lunch purchase
Nearly You Wigs - 20% off Purchase
Northern Light Jewelry - 50% off Whale Tail Jewelry
Steaming Kettle - 10% off Purchase
Studio 33 - free lighthouse car magnet with a purchase of $20
Sweeties Bakery - 10% off Purchase
with more offers to come

1.) Lighthouse Harbor Tours
every Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM, 12 NOON, 1, 2 & 3PM. $35. Children ages 6 to 12 $25 donation. 
Book tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com, search 'New London lighthouse'. This year, we offer boat trips during SailFest: July 11, 12, 13! Small work boat carries six passengers and leaves from the Custom House Pier. Meet at the Custom House 15 minutes prior to departure.

2.) New London Ledge Light Tour 
offered every-other Saturday, July 5, 19 , August 2, 16, 30, September 13, 27. 2:30 PM. 2 1/2-hours. $35 donation. Children ages 6 to 12 $25 donation. 
Book tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com, search 'New London lighthouse'. Project 'O' boat carries 50 passengers and leaves from New London's City Pier.

3.) Night-Time Lighthouse Tours.   Ended for the season.

4.) Sunset Lighthouse Tours. Monday, Sept 8, Tuesday, Sept 7 PM 

5.) Full-Moon Lighthouse Tours   
September 8 & 9. 8:30 PM. $35 donation. 
Children ages 6 to 12 $25. Book tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com, search 'New London lighthouse'. Small boat carries six passengers and leaves from the Custom House Pier. Meet at the Custom House 15 minutes prior to departure.

6.) Plum Island Tours  - All trips SOLD OUT - as of July 7
Friday July 25, Friday August 15, Friday September 12, Monday September 29, Tuesday October 7, & Thursday October 9. 7 AM to 4 PM. $35 donation. 
Visit a naturally beautiful, historically secretive location. The tour encompasses the entire 840 acre island, including visiting Fort Terry (est. 1897). Lunch is included! 
Book tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com, search 'Plum Island'. Guests meet at the Old Saybrook One Harbor at 7 AM for the ferry. A federal background check must be completed, please sign up 30 days in advance. NEW: Cameras and cell phones are permitted on the island, but photos may only be snapped at certain locations! With the fate of Plum Island in the air, it is important to visit and see the island for oneself!

7.) Fishers Island Excursion SOLD OUT
Saturday, August 16, 30. 10 AM to 2 PM. $60 donation.
​Excursion to Fishers Island to view Coming and Going - A History of Transportation to Fishers Island exhibition, curated by Pierce Raffertyl at the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, with lunch at the Pequot Inn. Taking the Fishers Island Ferry from New London. $60 donation. Book tickets HERE.  Limited to 15. NEW

8.) Really BIG - Celebration Cruise of New London's Lighthouse Heritage
Thursday, October 2, 10 AM to 3 PM, $80  
Be part of something BIG - come celebrate the successful restoration of the oldest and tallest lighthouse on the Sound!
To mark completion of the Phase I restoration of New London Harbor Light, we're taking a late-summer, five-hour lighthouse cruise!
There is great diversity of lighthouses just off our shores.
Join New London Maritime Society on Thursday, October 2, from 10 AM to 3 PM, for a narrated cruise out of Niantic past Little Gull, Orient Point, Race Rock, Plum Island, Little Dumpling, Ledge Light, New London Harbor Light, Avery Point, and possibly Noank and Latimers Lights.
A delicious lunch is included. It's $80 per ticket. 
      Our Last Weekend - OCTOBER 25 & 26
     
This will be our last weekend for Lighthouse Tours.
You may book ahead, 24/7, HERE.
For day-of tickets, please call 860-447-8700 after 9 AM Saturday!
REMEMBER: there's just one weekend left!
.
        We've had a great run this summer. 
Read about New London & our tours in ProJo
the Globe,  the New York Times, & Gothamist!

​      NLMS 31st Annual Meeting takes place Sunday, November 9, at 2 PM. 


       Events Calendar - August 2014  
           Lighthouse Boat trips are in NAVY
           Hot links are in LIGHT BLUE
           House Maritime Museum events are in TURQUOISE
           Additional great events in the area are in GREEN 


  • Saturday August 2
         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - space available most tours
         Shennecossett Yacht Club Lighthouse Regatta. FREE
         Ledge Lighthouse tour2 1/2 hours, 2:30 PM $35 - Sold Out
         Sunset Lighthouse Tour, 55 minute $35    NEW            
         Night Time Lighthouse Tour, 55 minutes, 9 PM, $35 NEW


  • Sunday August 3
         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - space available most tours


                                            John Roberts Concert, 2 PM -- FREE  sponsored by Veolia Water -
                                                       NL Water Authority at the Custom House Maritime Museum.




  • Friday August 8 
          Sunset Lighthouse Tour, 7:30 PM. $35 - New
          Full-Moon Lighthouse Tour. 9 PM.  SOLD OUT

  • Saturday August 9

         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM   $35 - 2 at 11 AM, 4 at noon, 1 at 1 PM, 2 at 2PM , 3 PM filled.

                                          Nimble Arts Circus juggling workshop 2-3 PM, fee $15       
                                          brownpapertickets.com

                                          Nimble Arts Circus - two free performances on Parade Plaza at 4 & 
                                          6:30 PM -- performances are FREE sponsored by NLMS (us!), the 
                                          CIty of New London, & Veolia Water -  NL Water Authority
​         Sunset Lighthouse Tour, 7:30 PM. $35 - NEW 2 spaces available
         Full-Moon Lighthouse Tour. 9 PM. $35 - SOLD OUT

  • Sunday August 10
         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - spaces available all tours
         Sunset Lighthouse Tour, 7:30 PM. $35 - NEW  6 spaces open
         Full-Moon Lighthouse Tour. 9 PM. $35 - Sold Out

  • ​ Friday August 15
           Plum Island Tour, 7 AM $35 - Sold Out

  • Saturday August 16
                                      Fishers Island Excursion 10 AM to 2 PM. $60 - space available
                                      Excursion to Fishers Island to view Coming and Going exhibition 
                                      with lunch at the Pequot Inn. 10 AM to 2 PM. Taking the Fishers island 
                                      Ferry from New London. $60. Limited to 15.  


         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - space available most tours
         Ledge Lighthouse tour, 2 1/2 hours, 2:30 PM  $35 - space available
         Sunset Lighthouse Tour, 7:30 PM, $35 - NEW
         Night-Time Lighthouse Tour, 9 PM, $35 - SOLD OUT

  • Sunday August 17
         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - space available most tours
​ 
                                       John P Holland, Irish-born 'Father of the Modern Submarine', with 
                                       Jim Gallagher, 2 PM. The 100th anniversary of the death of John P. 
                                       Holland, "Father of the Modern Submarine", who died on August 12, 
                                       1914, will be recognized by the John P. Holland Division of the Ancient 
                                       Order of Hibernians (AOH) at New London Maritime Museum.
                                       Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com, search 'submarine'. $12,  
                                       $8 NLMS, AOH  members.




  • Saturday August 23
         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - space available most tours

         175th Anniversary Sail on the Amistad, 1 to 4 PM. Free for NL residents, $30 all others.

        Sunset Lighthouse Tours,7:30 PM, $35 - NEW
         Night-Time Lighthouse Tour, 9 PM, $35 - one seat left

  • Sunday August 24
         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - space available most tours

        175th Anniversary Sail on the Amistad, 1 to 4 PM. Free for NL residents.    

​                            just added -  Book Talk The History of Plum Island, 2 PM   $12, $10 members
                            Few islands are as little known or as misunderstood as Plum Island, New York. 
                            Over time, the unfamiliarity with Plum Island has given rise to legends and tall 
                            tales. But, the facts are even more fascinating than the folklore. Now, for the 
                            first time, the history of Plum Island has been collected and made available to 
                            readers. This book is intended to let Plum Island tell its own story and reveal 
                            the many previously undocumented realities and personalities that have 
                            combined to define it--and the forces now at work toward directing its future.

                            Ruth Ann Bramson, Ph.D. is a retired university professor who splits her time 
                            between Boston, Massachusetts and East Marion, New York. Regularly 
                            passing Plum Island by ferry, she developed a curiosity about the island and 
                            began researching and lecturing about its history. She is the author, along with 
                            Geoffrey Fleming and Amy Folk, of this new book.
​  

  • Monday, August 25  
           Commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of La Amistad's Coming to New London, 6 PM    
                          Please join Amistad America and New London Maritime Society on the Amistad 
                          Pier in New London to commemorate this important anniversary and turning point 
                          in the history of human rights. FREE.



  • Saturday August 30
         Excursion to Fishers Island to view Coming and Going exhibition with lunch at the 
             Pequot Inn. 10 AM to 2 PM. Taking the Fishers Island Ferry from New London. $60 
             Limited to 15. 
         Fishers Island Excursion 10 AM to 2 PM. $60 SOLD OUT
         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - space available most tours
         Ledge Lighthouse tour, 2 1/2 hours, 2:30 PM  $35 SOLD OUT

  • Sunday August 31
         Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM  $35 - space available most tours
​         Labor Day Concert at Ft. Trumbull, 3 PM FREE
         


 Events Calendar September - October 2014 
 every weekend Fun,friendly Lighthouse Harbor Tours: 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35​

     Lighthouse Boat trips are in NAVY
     Hot links are in LIGHT BLUE
     Custom House Maritime Museum events are in TURQUOISE
     Other great events in the area are in GREEN 


  • Saturday September 6
            Lighthouse Harbor Tours11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35

  • Sunday, September 7
​               Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35



  • Monday, September 8
            Sunset Lighthouse Tour, 7:30 PM. $35 - New
            Full-Moon Lighthouse Tour. 9 PM- New

  •   Tuesday, September 9
           Sunset Lighthouse Tour, 7:30 PM. $35 - New
           Full-Moon Lighthouse Tour. 9 PM- New
​ 

  •   Friday September 12
           ​ Plum Island Tour, 7 AM $35 - Sold Out

  • Saturday September 13
            Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35  
            Ledge Lighthouse tour, 2 1/2 hours, 2:30 PM $35  Sold Out

                          Join Cetacean Society International, an all-volunteer, non-profit conservation,
                          education and research organization working on behalf of cetaceans
                          (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their marine environment, for a 
                          spectacular evening to celebrate our beautiful wild oceans and the species 
                          they work to protect. Hosted by the Custom House Maritime Museum, this will be
                          an entertaining night full of fashion, arts, culture and awareness in support of 
                          cetaceans across the globe. 

                          Come early for our VIP cocktail hour, at 6:30pm, and enjoy complimentary wine 
                          and hors d'ouevres, live music and mingle with members of CSI's board of       
                          directors.  General admission begins at 7:30pm; the show begins at 8pm sharp. 

  •   Sunday September 14
            Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 ​ 


  • ​ Saturday September 20
            Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35

  •   Sunday September 21
            Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 ​ 

            225th Anniversary Celebration of the U.S. Customs Service, 2 PM. free
                            Celebrate the beginnings and history of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
                            in a 225th Anniversary Presentation  “Celebrating our History, Building 
                            our Future.”
                            Join U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) employees for an overview of 
                            our history, and the legacy agencies that make up CBP today. Many buildings 
                            and artifacts from the original U.S. Customs Service, the oldest of our legacy 
                            Federal agencies, can be found in the six states of the Boston Field Office.  
                            New England encompasses some of our agency’s deepest roots.
                            From the passing of the Fifth Act of the First U.S. Congress on July 31, 1789, 
                            and the creation of a field organization of Customs collection districts, to our 
                            modern day ‘Post 9/11’ world, the original U.S. Customs Service and legacy 
                            agencies have changed with the times. 
                            A short video, historical items, and an overview of CBP today will be presented.


  • Thursday, September 25
  • ​ Plum Island Tour, 7 AM $35 Sold Out

                                     Created Equal Film Series & discussion, 6:30 PM at PLNL                                      Join Lonnie Braxton for the 4th installment in the Created Equal Film 
                                     Series for a discussion of The Loving Story - at Public Library of New 
                                     London. FREE.



  • Saturday September 27
           Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35
           Ledge Lighthouse tour, 2 1/2 hours, 2:30 PM $35

  • Sunday September 28
          Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35

                       A Sign of Freedom from Signs of History, 2 PM
                       Historical interpreter Kim A. Silva will discuss the leader of the Amistad known as 
                       Sengbe Pieh, Joseph Cinque and the 'Black Prince', who drew his strength from 
                       his Mende culture, storytelling and mime. In antebellum America how did this 
                       African pirate, who spoke no English, prevail in three courts of law, and capture  
                       interest and sympathy of the American public? How and why did the Amistad 
                       Africans' tours to raise funds for their journey home become a catalyst for the Civil 
                       War?

                       Learn about the interconnected history between Farmington and the American 
                       School for the Deaf during the Amistad Affair.  
                       A presentation of Connecticut Freedom Trail Month. 


  •    Monday September 29 
          ​ Plum Island Tour, 7 AM $35 - Sold Out

  •    Thursday October 2 - NEW
                           Really BIG - Celebration Cruise of New London's Lighthouse Heritage
                           Thursday, October 2, 10 AM to 3 PM, $80 -- NEW
                           Be part of something BIG - come celebrate the successful restoration of 
                           the oldest and tallest lighthouse on the Sound!
                           To mark completion of the Phase I restoration of New London Harbor Light, 
                           we're taking a late-summer, five-hour lighthouse cruise!

                          There is great diversity of lighthouses just off our shores.
                          Join New London Maritime Society on Thursday, October 2, 10 AM to 3 PM, 
                          for a narrated cruise from Niantic past Little Gull, Orient Point, Race Rock, Plum 
                          Island, Little Dumpling, Ledge Light, New London Harbor Light, Avery Point, and 
                          possibly Noank and Latimers Lights.

                          A delicious lunch is included. It's $80 per ticket. 

  •    Saturday October 4
           Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35

  •    Sunday October 5
           Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35

  •    Tuesday October 7 
​           Plum Island Tour, 7 AM $35 - Sold Out

  •    Thursday October 9  
         ​​  Plum Island Tour, 7 AM $35 - Sold Out

  •   Saturday October 11
           Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35

  • Sunday October 12
          Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 ​ 

            Open House at New London Harbor Light - 10 AM to 3 PM. - FILLED


  • ​Sunday October 19
           Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35 ​ 


  •   Saturday October 25
           Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35

  •   ​Sunday October 26
           Lighthouse Harbor Tours, 11 AM, 12 noon, 1, 2, 3 PM $35

Scroll below to see what we did earlier this summer.

                                                        See you next summer!