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Beavertail Lighthouse and Park, Jamestown

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4.9/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • The day we left Rhode Island we decided to stop by Beavertail Lighthouse. It was cold and pouring, but definitely worth it. This is the quintessential New England coastline with waves crashing upon th...  read more »
  • Take a blanket or chairs and plan to stay a while. I could have sat for hours watching and listening to the sea. Huge rocks adequate for a blanket and picnic lunch as well as lots of grassy areas. Not...  read more »
  • My wife and I love lighthouses and this one didn't disappoint. We seen it while at Castle Hill lighthouse and drove over to it the next day. Spectacular views from here. 
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