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Plan a visit to the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Thomas Point Lighthouse

The Thomas Point Lighthouse leading into Annapolis, MD


If you’re enchanted by the waterside, a fan of boating, an American history buff, or all three, Annapolis is a must-visit town. It’s filled with historic sites, like the charming Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. (For recommendations on what to do throughout the wonderful Howard County, download our free area vacation guide.)

The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is under the care of four key groups: the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. As a National Historic Landmark, the Lighthouse has been a mainstay since it was built in 1875.

About the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Located one-and-a-half miles offshore, the lighthouse sits on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the South River. It’s beautiful to see from the deck of a ship, and it’s even better to see on a docent-led tour offered each summer.

Check the lighthouse website for upcoming tour dates. Or you could call for reservations. Contact Jeff Gales via email or (415)362-7255

About the Tours

Tours depart from Annapolis on Saturdays throughout summer and fall. The specific dock is located at water’s edge behind the Annapolis Maritime Museum, located at 723 2nd St Annapolis.

Important to note: When you book a Saturday Thomas Point Shoal cruise, you are also committing to the following Sunday as a backup 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! There are only 18 passengers per tour, and all participants must be at least 12 years old.

Learn more at the lighthouse website.

Enjoy Historic Maryland

We’ve recently highlighted some of our favorite things about Annapolis. The Chase-Lloyd House, for example, is one of the many amazing sites you’ll see in historic Annapolis.

If historic sites are what you love, consider staying with us at the Wayside Inn. Located in historic Ellicott City, we’re convenient to Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington DC. But there’s more than enough to do and see right here in our beloved hometown! Download our free area vacation guide to help you plan our next Maryland getaway.