Ever wonder what the inside of a lighthouse looks like? And, what does the ocean look like from way up there? How does a lighthouse even work?
Every Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm through October, the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse offer lighthouse tours to the public. Visitors get to climb to the lantern room to enjoy the magnificent view and to see the fourth-order Fresnel lens up close. Volunteers will tell visitors about the history of the light station, and there will be souvenirs for sale.
There are 44 stairs to the watch room and a 7-rung ladder to the lantern room. Flat shoes (not sandals or flip-flops) are required to climb the ladder into the lantern room. No children under 42 inches tall are permitted to climb to the top, and adults are not permitted to carry children up the stairs.
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is located in New Castle, NH, off Route 1B, adjacent to Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor and Fort Constitution. No reservations are needed; tours are on a first come, first served basis. Admission to climb the lighthouse is $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.