A chill in the air means it’s Seal Tour season!

A chill in the air means it’s Seal Tour season!

Save The Bay’s Seal Tours and Nature Cruises begin in Westerly this weekend

WESTERLY, R.I. – October 5, 2021 – The inaugural Save The Bay Seal Tour and Nature Cruise of the 2021 season will depart from Viking Marina in Westerly, R.I. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. The 90-minute tour cruises down the Pawcatuck River into Little Narragansett Bay, giving passengers the opportunity to enjoy the fall landscape from the deck of the M/V Elizabeth Morris. While onboard, guests can keep their eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife, while learning about the local habitat and history from their Save The Bay captain and educator. Westerly tours will be held every Saturday through November 27.

“Every year, we look forward to this opportunity to connect our guests with the beauty of an autumnal Pawcatuck River,” said Save The Bay Director of Education Bridget Prescott. “Between the fresh air and the chance to catch sight of great blue herons, red-tailed hawks, ospreys and, of course, harbor seals, these tours are a truly invigorating way to usher in the cooler months.”

For over 15 years, Save The Bay has offered Seal Tours and Nature Cruises during the region’s cooler months when harbor seals migrate south into local waters following their food supply. Save The Bay’s education vessels allow guests to observe winter seals and other wildlife in their natural habitat, all while benefiting the nonprofit’s mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.

Tickets for Save The Bay’s Seal Tours and Nature Cruises are: $22 per adult; $17 for Save The Bay members, seniors, and children ages 3-12; and children under 3 years of age are free. While Westerly tours begin on Oct. 9, Save The Bay’s one- and two-hour Seal Tours out of Bowen’s Ferry Landing in Newport will begin Dec. 4. Tour schedules, tickets, gift certificates and more information are available by calling 401-203-SEAL(7325) or visiting savebay.org/seals.

Save The Bay will offer outdoor tours when Rhode Island’s COVID-19 state positivity rate is at or below five percent. Reservations are strongly recommended, and passengers must verbally attest to a COVID-19 screening prior to boarding. Per Center for Disease Control and Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines, masks are not required for vaccinated individuals but are highly recommended for unvaccinated individuals. A complete overview of Save The Bay’s Seal Tour and Nature Cruise COVID-19 policies can be found at savebay.org/seals.

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*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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