Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse
Build in 1835, Straitsmouth Island is used to mark the entrance to Rockport Harbor. The light emits a green flash of light every 6 seconds. Views of the lighthouse can be had from the end of Bearskin Neck in downtown Rockport (see directions) and around Whale Cove Ln off of South Street. You may need to do some exploring for the best location. The lighthouse is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard and is owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society as a bird and wildlife sanctuary.
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 0.9 miles
Parking: Limited meter parking (end of Bearskin Neck)
Hours: Not open to the public. Wildlife santuary.
Thacher Island (Twin Lights)
These two lighthouses are the only twin lighthouses in operation in the entire country and were the last lighthouses to be built under British rule in 1771. The island gets its name from the survivors of a ship that was destroyed on the rocks of the island during the "Great Storm" of August 1635, Anthony Thacher and his wife.
The island can be reached by kayak, boat, or charter. There is a $5.00 landing fee due upon arrival. There are available 3 guest moorings adjacent to the ramp about 50 yards offshore. You must call the keeper on the island in advance to tell him you are coming at 508-284-0144. Bring along a dingy which you can land on the ramp. Only small row boats and kayaks are allowed to land on the ramp.
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 2.1 miles
Price: $5.00 landing fee
Hours: Late May through early September
The Annisquam lighthouse was established in 1801 with the current lighthouse built in 1897 and an automated beacon installed in 1971. The tower is 41-feet tall and made of brick. The lighthouse can be viewed from Wingaersheek Beach across the Annisquam River and by Cape Ann Harbor Tours.
Distance from The Seafarer Inn: 7.7 miles
Parking: The road to the lighthouse is private and has no parking. View the lighthouse from Wingaersheek Beach across the Annisquam River.
Hours: N/A. Private Lighthouse
Eastern Point Lighthouse
At the entrance to Gloucester Harbor, sits a spectacular 2,250’ granite jetty, known as DogBar Breakwater, or just the Breakwater. Visitors can enjoy the walk to the end, with lovely views of Gloucester Harbor on one side and the open ocean (and the Boston skyline) on the other. The lighthouse station itself is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and is closed to the public. The breakwater next to the lighthouse is open all year, with good views of the lighthouse.