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Daily Visits

  • Daily visitors are welcomed to tour the island on weekends
  • May 25 – June 16 – Saturday, Sunday, & Memorial Day, and every day starting on June 17 through Labor Day 


  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm​ via the Jamestown/Newport Ferry
  • Parts of the island are restricted from March 1 – August 15 for nesting birds. 


  • Admission fee $10 per person.
  • $7 ages 12 and under (Not recommended for children under 5). 
  • FREE for all Foundation Members!

Our guides will greet you and provide introductory historical information.  They are available for questions and guidance throughout your visit.   You can tour the lighthouse museum where each room is fully restored just as if keepers of old still lived there. Running off solar-powered electricity and a rainwater collection system, the lighthouse offers an unforgettable view into another century!

Getting There

  • Jamestown/Newport Ferry (see schedule above)

  • Your own boat (if you are able to beach it, or dropping off guests. No anchoring or tying up at the dock)

  • Canoe, Kayak or paddle your SUP!

  • Admission fee still applies for the above 

  • If you are an overnight guest, we provide your transportation on our lobster boat Starfish, which is purchased at time of booking.

Things To Do

  • Take a tour of the historic lighthouse and Fort Hamilton barracks. Guides are available
    during the summer months

  • Walk around and enjoy the gardens, natural flora and fauna including birds and crustacean.

  • Comb the beaches and check out the tidal pools

  • Fish off the rocks, or collect mussels if the tide is low

  • Enjoy your picnic lunch (remember to “pack it in & pack it out.”)

  • Relax in one of our Adirondack chairs

  • Bird Watch:  On Rose Island you will likely see great egrets, snowy egrets, little blue heron,
    black crowned night heron, glossy ibises and American oyster catchers, along with
    more common herring gulls, greater black-backed gulls, Canada geese,
    and a variety of ducks. All of these migratory birds are protected by
    federal and international laws while they are nesting.

  • Walking:  Starting August 16 you may walk the perimeter of the
    island.  Pay attention to the signs and the tides and do not
    venture into the interior of the island, which is full of holes,
    poison ivy, snakes and dilapidated buildings from World Wars I and II
    that are extremely dangerous. Please stick to the trail on the west side and the beaches, some of which are accessible only at low tide.

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