Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Little Red Lighthouse

We finally got to make a little day trip that I have had on my "must do" list for awhile.  On the 2nd Saturday of the month (May-October) the Urban Park Rangers of New York City open up the Little Red Lighthouse for tours.  The lighthouse is the only lighthouse on the island of Manhattan and was active for a time before the George Washington bridge was built.  It was rescued from being destroyed or sold by children who sent in nickels, dimes and quarters begging to save the little lighthouse!

I first heard of the lighthouse through reading the children's book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift.  It's a charming, lovely tale of the lighthouse and the building of the George Washington Bridge.

When we got to the top of the lighthouse we were rewarded with a great view of the city!

As much fun as it was to see the lighthouse, it was just as much fun for the children to traipse all over the rocks along the Hudson River!

 All in all it was a very fun adventure!


  1. Oh, I love this! Will have to check out the book and look into timing one of our NYC trips just right (we are in the south, but have both family and friends in the city)... :)

  2. I am in love with lighthouses...and a red one is even better! I love it!

  3. I looove lighthouses. We toured one on Cape Cod when we were back east last month and it was such a neat experience. This red one is just beautiful!

  4. What a great story. What a terrific cause for those children. Worthy of a book, making it to your list, and your visit.


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