10 Lighthouses You Can Actually Rent

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Rose Island Lighthouse, RI

Can you imagine running away and becoming a lighthouse keeper? Well, you can try just that at the Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport. The “Keepers for the Week or Night” curriculum begins with a one-hour orientation to teach guests the ins and outs of lighthouse administration. Then, you’re on your own! You’ll be responsible for greeting visitors, raising and lowering the flag, managing the wind-powered electricity system, rainwater gathering, keeping tabs on marine weather.

While this sounds like lots of work, you’ll still have plenty of time to explore the 18-acre island and take in views of the sea, but with the added reward of giving back to the beloved landmark. The museum downstairs offers additional accommodations for guests who just want to experience the restored lighthouse without any of the extra work. It’s considered an adventure trip, so be sure to pack a cooler with food and beverages.

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