Summer isn’t the only time you can enjoy a boat tour of Narragansett Bay. In fact, the only time you can see harbor seals in the bay is right now – winter! Harbor seals are migratory and love to come play and fish in Rhode Island’s wintertime waters.
Save The Bay, a non-profit organization that works to protect and improve Narragansett Bay, has been offering wintertime nature cruises for more than 15 years, now. Their one and two hour seal watch tours are an amazing opportunity to observe local wildlife and see the bay.
Save The Bay Seal Tours
Save the Bay seal tours are available from November through April every year. Attendees have the option of a Newport Seal Tour or a Newport Seal & Lighthouse Tour.
Newport Seal Tour
This one hour tour departs from the Bowen’s Ferry Landing Market Square to provide 360º views of harbor seals and Narragansett Bay. Save The Bay’s education vessel will motor through historic Newport Harbor to reveal of harbor seals resting on Rose Island’s Citing Rock and the Newport Bridge. Fun and fascinating!
Newport Seal & Lighthouse Tour
The Newport Seal & Lighthouse Tour is a 2 hour expansion of the Newport Seal Tour outlined above. The difference is that this tour also includes an hour-long stop and tour of the 1870 Rose Island Lighthouse.
Due to repairs on the Rose Island Lighthouse, Save The Bay’s Newport Seal & Lighthouse Tour will only be available in April for the 2018-2019 season.
Save the Bay provides binoculars so that everyone can have a visual front-row seat during the tour. Your guide’s expert narration will impart facts about harbor seals and other wildlife, as well as the region’s environmental issues and rich history. You’ll come away from the experience better informed – and with a big smile.
Save the Bay offers a variety of excellent tours all year long. Learn more at www.savebay.org.
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