Boat Tours and Cruises to Lighthouses in New Hampshire (2022)

Guide to Lighthouse Boat Tours
in New Hampshire

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Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse


Below is a list of boat tours and cruises that offer specific lighthouse cruises along Portsmouth Harbor, out to the Isles of Shoals, and inland around Lake Sunapee for three lighthouses out there. You may find 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 Hampshire's shorelines. Enjoy!

Seacoast Boat Cruises

Directions to Coastal Marinas

Lake Sunapee Cruise

New Hampshire Seacoast
and Isles of Shoals
Lighthouse Cruises

Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.
Portsmouth Harbor and Isles of Shoals tours. Dinner and nightlife cruises. Frequent lighthouse tours along Portsmouth Harbor, and out to the Isles of Shoals where you can walk around Star Island and get views of White Island Light.

315 Market Street,
P.O. Box 311
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-5500
(800) 441-4620

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), Whaleback Lighthouse (ME), Boon Island Lighthouse (ME), Nubble Lighthouse (ME)

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises
Portsmouth Harbor and Isles of Shoals tours
64 Ceres Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 436-8084
(800) 776-0915
phc@portsmouthharbor.com

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), Whaleback Lighthouse (ME)

Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses
Besides offering weekly tours of the tower of Portsmouth Harbor light in the summertime, including haunted lighthouse tours, they also organize special narrated sunset lighthouse cruises that pass by Portsmouth Harbor light, Whaleback light, and White Island (Isles of Shoals) light. There is also an annual 5-lighthouse cruise in September that also includes Nubble (Cape Neddick) light, and Boon Island light.
P.O. Box 8232
Portsmouth, NH 03802-5092
Phone: (603) 534-0537
E-mail: info@portsmouthharborlighthouse.org


Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), Whaleback Lighthouse (ME), Boon Island Lighthouse (ME), Nubble Lighthouse (ME)


Sail NH
Sailboat charters to the Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth from Rye Harbor.
Contact: Captain Rick Philbrick
Malagar Group LLC
188 Bunker Hill Ave
Stratham NH 03885
Rye, NH
(603) 778-1372
Email boatcents@comcast.net

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), and Whaleback Lighthouse (ME)

Island Cruises
Various tours to the islands along the Isles of Shoals. Stop over to eat at the Oceanic Hotel and explore Star Island.
Rye Harbor State Marina
Rte 1-A Ocean Blvd
P.O. Box 66
Rye, NH 03870
(603) 964-6446

Lighthouses: White Island Light (Isles of Shoals)

Granite State Whale Watch
Besides daily whale watching tours, they offer trips to the Isles of Shoals that provide close up views of White Island Lighthouse.
1870 Ocean Blvd
Rye, NH 03870
(603) 964-5545

Lighthouses: White Island Light (Isles of Shoals)

Cove Runner Coastline Cruises
Private intimate trips (up to 6 passengers) along the southern coast of Maine to destinations of your choice, in a smooth riding 23’ power catamaran. Cooler (BYOB), Bluetooth sound system, comfortable seating and a full-sized head provided. Enjoy seal sightings and other wildlife. Departs out of Perkins Cove in Ogunquit, Maine.

Captain Bob Spencer
(207) 216-2844
Email: coverunner.me@gmail.com

Lighthouses: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse (NH), White Island Light (NH), Whaleback Lighthouse (ME), Boon Island Lighthouse (ME), Nubble Lighthouse (ME)

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Directions to NH Seacoast Marinas

Directions to Rye Harbor Marina

From Rte 95 South:

  • Take Exit 3B. Right onto Rte 33 East.
  • Go 1.4 miles to 4th light; right onto Peverly Hill Rd. (becomes Elwyn Rd.)
  • Go 2 miles to Rte 1A; south 6 miles to Rye Harbor State Marina.

  • From Rte 95 North:

  • Take Exit 2 onto Rte 101 West. Follow 1 mile.
  • Take exit 12. Right onto Rte 111 East.
  • Follow 6.4 miles to Rte 1-A.
  • Left onto Rte 1-A North. 3 miles to Rye Harbor State Marina.


Directions to Portsmouth Docks

From Route I-95:

  • From Route I-95 North take Exit 5 to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. From I-95 South, take NH Exit 7, then LEFT at lights.
  • At the traffic circle, take your second right on to the Route 1 Bypass North (Towards Maine)

  • Take the 2nd exit on to Maplewood Avenue and make a right at the end of the ramp.
  • Proceed to first set of lights and take a left onto Deer Street.
  • Follow Deer Street to the end, take a left at the stop sign and the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company dock is located on the right just after the salt pile across from the Sheraton Harborside.
  • For Portsmouth Harbor Cruises, just past the Sheraton Hotel on your right, you will see a small alley on your left marked "Private Way and the "Olde Harbour District". This is Ceres Street where you’ll find the dock.


Directions to Hampton State Pier

From the North:

  • Take I-95 South to the Hampton toll booth.
  • Take Exit 2 and Route 101 East until you reach the beach.
  • Turn right. Drive about 1 mile until just before the Hampton-Seabrook bridge.
  • Exit on the right.

    From the South:

  • Take I-95 North to just over the New Hampshire state line.
  • Take Exit 60.
  • At the second set of lights, take a left onto Route 286.
  • Follow all the way to the beach.
  • Turn left. Go about 1.5 miles.
  • Just past the Hampton River Bridge on the left.

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Boat Tour: Lighthouses on Lake Sunapee, NH

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Herrick Cove Lighthouse
on Lake Sunapee

Not as well known as the two famous lighthouses on New Hamshire's coast, are three inland lighthouses on Lake Sunapee: Burkehaven Lighthouse, Loon Island lighthouse, and Herrck Cove Light. There is one boat that will take you around, and you can enjoy the restful area this large lake is situated in.

Sunapee Cruises

The The M.V. MT Sunapee II tour boat provides lighthouse tours on Lake Sunapee. The M.V. Kearsarge, which includes dinner cruises, runs various tours that go past the lighthouses. The M.V. Mt Sunapee runs a lighthouse and nature tour every day in the summer.

Sunapee Harbor, Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire 03782
Phone (603) 763-4030
Email: tours@sunapeecruises.com

Lighthouses: Burkehaven Lighthouse, Loon Island lighthouse, Herrck Cove Light

Directions to Sunapee Harbor

From this public boat launch you'll find the MV Mt. Sunapee II and the MV Kearsarge at the Town Dock in Sunapee Harbor.

  • From US Highway I-91 in Vermont:
    Take Exit 7 in Springfield, VT or take Exit 8 in Ascutney, VT
    Follow Route 11 into Sunapee
    Follow signs to Sunapee Harbor - from Rte. 11 take a right onto Main Street at the blinking light.
  • From US Highway I-89 in New Hampshire:
    Take Exit 12 from the south, or, Exit 12A from the north
    Follow Route 11 into Sunapee
    Follow signs to Sunapee Harbor - from Rte. 11 take a right onto Main Street at the blinking light.

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