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Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, Jamestown

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Beavertail Lighthouse, built in 1856, was and still is the premier lighthouse in Rhode Island, USA, marking the entrance to Narragansett Bay. The 64ft lighthouse lies on the southernmost point of Conanicut Island in the town of Jamestown, Rhode Island in Beavertail State Park, on a site where beacons have stood since the early 18th century. The Whistle House and Garage were destroyed by the New England Hurricane of 1938. The light provides navigation for boats and ships entering Narragansett Bay in the East Passage between Conanicut Island and Newport, Rhode Island on Aquidneck Island. Other lighthouses, such as Castle Hill Lighthouse, Point Judith Light, and Rose Island Light are visible from Beavertail Lighthouse.Its white light rotates counterclockwise and makes a full rotation in about six or seven seconds. The light is on 24 hours per day with a rotation every 6 seconds, unlike many lighthouses that are near it. It has a loud foghorn that blasts about every 30 seconds during the fog.
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  • Grab a blanket, some chairs, and pack a picnic while you enjoy the GORGEOUS views of the ocean in RI! Make sure you wear or bring some walking shoes to enjoy the sights on the walking paths in the par...  more »
  • Be sure to take the time to explore the museum. The original light is in the museum. Also explore along the coastline. 
  • Unbelievably beautiful, even in December. Wear good shoes and keep an eye on little ones. A short car trip from the bustle of Newport.