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The Annapolis Maritime Museum is one of four partners in a consortium that took over ownership of the beautiful Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. The Museum joined the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to manage and preserve this beloved National Historic Landmark. Built in 1875, last screwpile lighthouse on the Bay still in its original location, one-and-a-half miles offshore in the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the South River. Conservation and restoration are an ongoing, goal of the partnership as well as the aim to make the lighthouse accessible to the public. Docent-led tours aboard the lighthouse are offered each summer.

                                             2016 Tour Dates

  •  June 4, 25
  • July 2, 16, 30
  • August 20, 27
  • September 3, 10
  • October 1, 8

All tours are on Saturdays with the following Sunday as the rain date.

Times: 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Tickets: $70 per person

For reservations, contact Jeff Gales via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (415)362-7255.

Tours are limited and reservations are required.

  • The tour includes a safety check-in and orientation, a 30- minute boat ride to the lighthouse, an on-board docent-led tour, and a 30-minute return boat ride. Allow three hours for the excursion.
  • Only 18 passengers per tour.
  • All tour participants must be at least 12 years old and at least 48" tall.
  • All tours are subject to cancellation due to weather and sea conditions at the captain's discretion.
  • The tour of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is adventure travel involving some physical exertion.
  • No flip-flops, Crocs, open-back shoes or high heels.
  • There are no toilet facilities on the boat nor on the lighthouse.

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! For additional interesting information about the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse click on the following link: - The official Thomas Point Shoal website.
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