Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium illuminates local lighthouses

Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium illuminates local lighthouses this month

NEWPORT, R.I. – May 9, 2019 – Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium is celebrating the lighthouses of Narragansett Bay this May. Themed activities—including a lighthouse craft, scavenger hunt, and the story, “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward—will educate visitors about the functions and purpose of lighthouses.

“Narragansett Bay has long been the home of dozens of lighthouses that guide wayward vessels through the shallows of our rocky Bay,” said Adam Kovarsky, Save The Bay’s Exploration Center Lead Aquarist. “In many ways, the lighthouses along our local shores are as unique as the creatures that live here. We’re looking forward to connecting this month’s visitors to this important part of the Bay’s history.”

After learning about the lighthouses that guide travelers on the water’s surface, visitors can peer below the waves of Narragansett Bay and observe the creatures that live in local waters. More than 40 species of local marine life are housed in the aquarium, including several exciting new visitors, like moon jellyfish and quickly-growing bullfrog and wood frog tadpoles.

The Exploration Center and Aquarium is located in the Easton’s Beach Rotunda at 175 Memorial Blvd. in Newport, Rhode Island. The aquarium is open 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday until Memorial Day. From Memorial Day-Labor Day, the center is open daily. General admission to the Exploration Center and Aquarium is $8; $7 for seniors and college students with ID; and free for children under 3 and Save The Bay Family members. The aquarium offers free general admission to all military and first responders with current ID, as well as a reduced admission of $7 for their guests. For more information about the Exploration Center and Aquarium, visit savebay.org/aquarium or call 401-324-6020. The Exploration Center and Aquarium is supported, in part, by Corvias.

Starting June 15, Save The Bay’s lighthouse tours will give visitors yet another opportunity to explore the many lighthouses of Narragansett Bay. Three tours—the Northern Bay Lighthouse Tour, Southern Bay Lighthouse Tour and Ultimate Lighthouse Tour—range in duration from 3.5-7 hours and offer passengers the chance to view dozens of Narragansett Bay’s most beautiful and historic lighthouses. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.savebay.org/lighthouse.

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About Save The Bay: Founded in 1970, Save The Bay is currently celebrating 50 years of advocacy, education, and restoration efforts in its mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay and its watershed. An 18-month celebration marks the anniversary with special events and a capital campaign to unite the community and lay the foundation for Save The Bay’s continued work toward a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to everyone and globally recognized as an environmental treasure.

*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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