Before lighthouses, sailors could only find the shore by following the stars or imagining that they smelled a barbecue. Celebrate the advent of reliable navigation with today’s Groupon: for $37, you get one adult admission for a Passage to “5” boat tour from Chesapeake Lights (a $75 value), departing from Tilghman Island.
Captain Mike Richards whisks landlubbers away on an aquatic journey past five historical Chesapeake Bay lighthouses on Chesapeake Lights’ Passage to “5” boat tour. Story-starved cochleas drink in the guide’s comprehensive narrative history of every one of the ship-guiding structures and cameras get up-close photo ops previously only afforded to parasailing paparazzi. Sail past the Bloody Point Bar lighthouse and admire the well-maintained ruby-red roof of the Thomas Point Shoal. The Sharps Island Light, first lit in 1882, tilts at a Pisa-like angle after years of trying to attract buoys with a coquettish lean.
The tour also ferries watery wayfarers under the twisting Bay Bridge and past the solar-powered Baltimore Harbor Light and the octagonal Sandy Point Light. Tours depart from Tilghman Island at the Bay Hundred Restaurant on select Saturday mornings; peruse Chesapeake Lights’ tour calendar for departure dates and times.
Captain Mike Richards of Chesapeake Lights knows that the best vantage point for checking out the many lighthouses along the coast is from the deck of a boat. The Passage trip takes each passenger through 130 year old icons of the Chesapreake Bay. Passengers bask in the rays of the sun while sipping on BYOB wine or beer before returning to Tilghman Island.