Nothing evokes the romance of the past like a lighthouse. Most people who have visited the North Fork of Long Island have seen pictures of the Long Beach Bar lighthouse, also known as the “Bug Light,” but are unaware that thanks to the East End Seaport Museum (the organization was instrumental in funding the rebuilding of the lighthouse after it was destroyed by arsonists in 1963), you can visit this lighthouse. And what better way to wrap up a romantic mid-week stay to any one of the beautiful NFBBA North Fork wine country bed and breakfasts than a lighthouse tour.
The lighthouse, off the western tip of Orient Beach State Park, at the entrance to Orient Harbor, was originally built in 1870. After it’s destruction in 1963, it was rebuilt in 1990 and has been re-established as a federal aid to navigation. There are very few offshore lighthouses in the world that can be visited by the public and this is your opportunity to have a narrated, round-trip boat ride to the Bug Light! The next tour of the Bug Light is Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, August 29, 2015 4-9 p.m. there is an Evening Lighthouse Cruise. This relaxing evening cruise offers spectacular views of four to six lighthouses. This tour includes a local maritime expert as guide, admission to Bug Light, and a deli style boxed meal.
On Monday September 14, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. there is a tour with spectacular views of up to 12 lighthouses in three states: New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. This annual fundraising cruise aboard a Cross Sound Ferry hi-speed vessel includes full narration by a local maritime expert and a deli style boxed lunch.
There are more tours than the ones highlighted here, check out http://www.eastendseaport.org to book your tour and find out about more. And check out the NFBBA website to find your perfect B&B and book your stay today!