Rhode Island is the tininest of the United States, yet it creates a quaint and picturesque image with its rocky coastline and lovely lighthouses, twenty one in all. The lighthouses capture the imagination, bringing to mind sailors, tales of adventure on the high seas, and coming home to a lady love with a bright beacon on shore beckoning to all. Over half of Rhode Island’s lighthouses are still on active duty, signaling to traffic out on the water, protecting lives and property from destruction.
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Of all of Rhode Island’s lighthouses, the Point Judith Light is the most striking with two tones of color and its height. The Sakonnet Light has gone through many efforts to preserve it, a tiny lighthouse that can only be reached by boat as it is situated off the coastline. The Newport Harbor Light on Goat Island is unique in its access from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, as well as by a bridge.
The Rose Island Lighthouse is a prominent fixture that stands as an attachment to a white building that complements it well. Located in the center of Narragansett Bay, tourists can visit and have guided tours. An added feature is two guest rooms that are available for overnight stays throughout the year – to give visitors a taste of the sea, up close and personal.
The Conanicut Island Light, no longer active, can only be viewed from the water but is captivating with its bright, red, barn-style building. Each light has its own appeal and history.