Newport Seal Tours
Save The Bay Seal Tours return to Narragansett Bay this weekend

Newport, RI – Save The Bay is now offering two-hour Seal Watch and Lighthouse Tours, combining the best of its iconic seal tours with a guided visit through one of Rhode Island’s most historic lighthouses. During the cruise, guests will get panoramic views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and enjoy an off-boat tour of the beautiful Rose Island Lighthouse. This one-of-a-kind Newport experience departs from  Bowen’s Ferry Landing and will be held on select weekends each month, including December 27 and 28 during the winter holiday break.

“Guests love the fact that this is a two-hour tour featuring a stop at the beautiful Rose Island with the unique opportunity to climb to the top of the historic lighthouse,” said Jennifer Kelly, public program manager. “Plus, rarely do people get the chance to see Rhode Island’s state marine mammal in its natural habitat, which is such a treat on its own. Add the guided lighthouse tour, and this becomes a truly special experience,” Kelly said.

For over 15 years, Save The Bay has offered seal tours from October through April – the time seals come into the harbor to feed. These cruises allow guests to view the seals in their natural habitat, unlike visits to a zoo or aquarium, while Save The Bay’s marine experts provide an educational overview of the animal’s behaviors, habitat,  and adaptations for our cold waters, as well as an environmental overview of the region. These special two-hour cruises also include the lighthouse tour component, which allows lighthouse and history enthusiasts to learn more about the historic Newport lighthouse.

The two-hour Seal Watch and Lighthouse Tours are $42 for non-members, $32 for members, seniors and children ages 3-12 and $7 for children under the age of three. These tours depart from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 18  Market Square, Newport, RI. Purchase tour tickets online in advance or through the Bowen’s Wharf kiosk in downtown Newport. For additional information call 401-203-7325

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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