Photo by: Neil Pearson/Save The Bay
Fun for the whole family, a perfect group activity, or even cozy date, these tours cruise through historic Newport Harbor and for 360º views of seals “hauled out,” or resting, on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and under the Newport Bridge.
One-hour tours are entirely boat-based, while two-hour cruises include a tour of Rhode Island Lighthouse.
Tours will be held on Saturdays, Sundays, and public school vacation days from November 14, 2015 through April 24, 2016.
“I have been doing the seal tours for two years now. Last year we saw a lot of seals but overall it’s a very scenic tour. There are not just seals – there are lots of birds and other animals, as well,” said Dan Blount, education specialist and boat captain.
In recent weeks on the Westerly tour, guests have spotted large pods of dolphins and bald eagles on the trip.
Save The Bay has offered seal tours for more than 15 years throughout the months of October through April, when seals come into the harbor to feed. Binoculars are provided to passengers, and Save The Bay expert marine science guides provide an educational view of winter marine seals in their natural habitat. Westerly seal tours are already in session and will run through December 31 while seal tours out of Fall River take place in March and April 2016.
One-hour Newport Seal Tours are $22 for non-members and $17 for Save The Bay members, seniors, and children aged 3-12. Two-hour tours are $42 for non-members, $32 for Save The Bay members and seniors and children aged 3-12, and $5 children under three years old. All tours depart from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 18 Market Square, Newport, RI.
Tour tickets can be purchased online at Save The Bay’s Seal Tour website, www.savebay.org/seals, or through the Bowen’s Wharf kiosk in downtown Newport