Seal Watch Tours

Save The Bay will hold outdoor public programs when Rhode Island’s COVID-19 state positivity rate is at or below 5%.
Rules regarding masks and social distancing may change unexpectedly due to public health information available at the time of your scheduled trip.
For more information, please see our complete list of COVID-19 Procedures and Policies below. 

Enjoy Narragansett Bay all year long!

Think summertime is the only time to enjoy Narragansett Bay? Migratory harbor seals disagree! These “dogs of the sea” love the chilly waters of a wintertime Bay—in fact, it’s the only time of year they stop by. For more than 15 years, Save The Bay has been offering seal watch tours and nature cruises giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the cooler months, while observing local wildlife.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Rhode Island state mammal at play. Plan your Seal Tour or Nature Cruise today—after all, the cold weather won’t last forever! For information about purchasing tickets or gift certificates, call 401-203-SEAL(7325).

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Please review our COVID-19 Procedures and Policies below.

Rhode Island wildlife is beautiful all year long!

Newport Seal Tours & Seal/Rose Island Tours

Resuming November 2021

Join us aboard one of our education vessels as we motor through historic Newport Harbor and observe seals at Citing Rock. One-hour seal tours are entirely boat-based, while 1.75-hour tours include a visit to the Rose Island grounds. Due to COVID-19, visits to Rose Island will not include a lighthouse tour this season, but will instead include a walking tour of the island grounds.

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Westerly Nature Cruises

Resuming October 2021

Take a 90-minute scenic ride down the Pawcatuck River into Little Narragansett Bay for the peaceful views of gorgeous fall foliage and a glimpse of some of our earliest winter visitors as they rest on rocks and shorelines.

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COVID-19 Procedures & Policies

Save The Bay will hold outdoor public programs when Rhode Island’s COVID-19 state positivity rate is at or below 5%.
Rules regarding masks and social distancing may change unexpectedly due to public health information available at the time of your scheduled trip.
  • Reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up registrations will be dependent on availability.
  • Passengers must verbally attest to a COVID-19 screening prior to boarding.
  • If you are feeling ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your trip, or cancel for a full refund.
  • Per CDC and RIDOH guidelines, masks are not required for vaccinated individuals on Seal Tours but are highly recommended for unvaccinated individuals.

Cancelation Policy

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, all Seal Tours and Nature Cruises are subject to cancelation with customers receiving a full refund. If you cannot attend your scheduled trip, cancelations with at least 24 hours’ notice are entitled to a full refund.

Save The Bay reserves the right to cancel any scheduled trip due to extreme weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, tickets will be refunded or rescheduled by guest choice.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Public Programs Manager Jen Kelly at jkelly@savebay.org.

My husband and I had a great time on the Bay Seal Watch. We took the 11 a.m. boat which took us to Citing Rock located in the middle of the bay during low tide. [...] We saw a group of seals hanging out on the rock island. The boat provides binoculars. It was amazing! During the short trip out the crew gave information about the type of seals we would be seeing and answered questions. The crew was enthusiastic about the mission of Save The Bay, very knowledgeable, and friendly. I highly recommend this cruise.
Ginger R., Vermont (TripAdvisor)

Newport Seal & Seal and Rose Island Tours

Join us aboard one of our education vessels as we motor through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360º views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. One-hour seal tours are entirely boat-based, while 1.75-hour tours include a tour of the Rose Island grounds. Due to COVID-19, visits to Rose Island will not include a lighthouse tour this season, but will instead include a walking tour of the island grounds.

WHEN:

Resuming November 2021

WHERE:

Departing from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 30 Market Square, Newport, R.I.

PRICING:

One-Hour Tour
$22 non-members; $17 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12; $0 children under 3 years

1.75-Hour Seal and Rose Island Tour
$47 non-members; $37 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12; $0 children under 3 years

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The boat captain and tour guide were both friendly and well-educated about the history of the Pawcatuck River and the types of seals that we hoped to see. We did spot half a dozen seals swimming near the mouth of the river. It was a great and economical way to spend an hour and one-half on the water.
David P., Rhode Island (TripAdvisor)

Westerly Nature Cruises

From October-November 2021, take a 90-minute scenic ride down the Pawcatuck River into Little Narragansett Bay for peaceful views of beautiful fall foliage and a glimpse of some of our winter harbor seal visitors as they rest on rocks and shorelines.

WHEN:

October-November 2021

WHERE:

Departs from Viking Marina, 19 Margin Street, Westerly, RI

PRICING:

$22 non-members; $17 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12; $0 children under 3 years

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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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August 26, 2021

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

At this time, Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence and Westerly remain closed to the public in response to COVID-19.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport reopened Monday, July 5, with new hours and visiting procedures in place.

Save The Bay is offering volunteer and internship opportunities with new policies and procedures for the health and safety of all involved.

Our staff continues to protect and improve Narragansett Bay, working both remotely and on-site. If you have any questions, you can contact us by phone (401-272-3540) or email (savebay@savebay.org), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.