Rhode Island isn’t just popular with human tourists. From September through June, three types of seals – harbor, gray and ice – have increasingly traveled north to Rhode Island’s waters to spend the winter. For more than 15 years, Save the Bay’s seal tours and nature cruises have been an adventurous and educational way to explore our waters. Grab some binoculars and belly up to the bow. There’s a great sense of excitement while kids and adults alike keep a lookout for seals sunning themselves and napping on rocks. Save the Bay’s guides offer a great overview of the Bay’s winter marine visitors.
Tours run about an hour-and-a-half and you can depart two different cruises from either Newport or Westerly. They run from October through April and prices vary widely depending on age and tour chosen.
Newport Seal Watch Cruises
Newport Harbor is a perfect stepping-off point to see of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. One-hour seal tours are entirely boat-based, while two-hour tours include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. Departs Bowen’s Wharf Ferry Landing, Market Sq., Newport.
Westerly Seal Cruises
Even if you don’t spot harbor seals resting on the shoreline in the Pawcatuck River and into Little Narragansett Bay, the peaceful views and winter landscapes make foe a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Departs: Viking Marina, 19 Margin Street, Westerly.