Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse
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.
2014 Tour Dates
All tours are on Saturdays with the following Sunday as the rain date.
July 5 & 19
August 2, 16, & 30
September 6 & 13
October 4 & 11th
Times: 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $70 per person
For reservations, contact Jeff Gales via
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.