Some of the best views of lighthouses are by boat. Here are a few ways to get a better look at offshore lights.
Alameda/Oakland Ferry (http://www.eastbayferry.com) - This passenger ferry passes the Yerba Buena Lighthouse in San Francisco Bay.
Los Angeles Sightseeing Cruises (http://lasightseeingcruises.com) - offers views of LA's lighthouses through a variety of tours. (NOTE: actual tour offerings vary with the season - call (800) 900-8188 for the current tour schedule.)
Boston Harbor Cruises (http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/) - Offers several tours of Boston Harbor, including an outstanding tour of many of the lights of Massachusetts.
Boston Harbor Islands (http://www.bostonislands.org/) - Official site of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area. Offers boat tours to several of the islands, including Little Brewster Island - home of the Boston Harbor light. Tours include a trip to the top of the tower. This trip is well worth the time.
Captain John Boats (http://www.captjohn.com/) - Whale watches and harbor tours from Plymouth. Provides close-up view of Duxbury Pier light and distant views of Plymouth light.
Newburyport Harbor Tours (http://www.harbortours.com/) - Tours the Merrimack River in Newburport; provides view of the Newburyport Range lights. The educational tour also presents the area from an ecological perspective.
Chesapeake Lights (http://www.chesapeakelights.com/) - offers a variety of tours of the offshore lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay. Tours visit up to 10 lighthouses of the bay. We took this tour in Summer 2005 and would highly recommend it.
Harbor Cruises (http://www.harborcruises.com/) - offers tours of Baltimore's harbor.
Watermark Cruises (http://www.watermarkwatertaxi.com/index.shtml) - offers tours that pass several lighthouses near Annapolis, MD.
Northwest Schooner Society (http://www.schoonerzodiac.com/) - Non-profit organization offering tours to raise funds to restore and preserve Burrows Island Lighthouse in Washington State. In 2005, they offered a tour from October 13-16, 2005. Go to the website for current information.
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