The New York City Skyline isn’t the only scenic viewing available aboard a Skyline Cruise. Our cruises showcase many other spectacular sights, and a popular alternative option is hopping aboard one of our popular Long Island Sound lighthouse cruises. National Lighthouse Day is August 7th. Let’s look at the significance of this day and why it’s great inspiration to see some up close and personal yourself with Skyline Cruises.
History of National Lighthouse Day
Congress declared National Lighthouse Day on August 7th, 1989. It commemorates the anniversary of the federal lighthouse establishment and a day to celebrate lighthouses and the commitment and service of those who have tended America’s shore lights for generations.
Here are some reasons we think National Lighthouse Day is very important:
- They’ve provided light, even before electricity
- Lighthouses stand the test of time
- Lighthouses are beautiful
Originally, lighthouses burned coal as a source of light. Later, they made use of oil-burning lamps, and finally, in 1875 electric lamps.
Located on coasts and cliffs, lighthouses are subject to storms, high winds, and other extreme conditions from Mother Nature. Despite this, many remain strong and viable to this day. Did you know that America’s oldest operational lighthouse is the Boston Lighthouse on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, built in 1716?
From their shape to the beautiful scenery that surrounds them, lighthouses are always a popular photographic destination.
While lighthouses are becoming less important for the maritime industry, (thanks to technological advances in GPS and radar systems) their historical importance cannot be understated. National Lighthouse Day is the perfect opportunity to visit a lighthouse or to contribute to preservation societies and groups working toward preserving national lighthouses.
A Lot to See on the Long Island Sound
Be sure to bring along your camera when you tour the Long Island Sound with Skyline Cruises! You will see some of the most gorgeous coastlines in the country, beautiful mansions, and quaint lighthouses as we head west on Long Island’s Gold Coast.
Some of the lighthouses you will see are Execution Rocks near Westchester County, Sands Point, a lighthouse that dates back to the early 19th Century and was once occupied by famed publisher William Randolph Hearst, and the Stepping Stones Lighthouse off the coast of Great Neck. Many of our lighthouse cruises leave from our home port at the World’s Fair Marina in Flushing, Queens.
The Skyline Princess is Perfect for Any Event
Maybe you are looking for a relaxing day of sightseeing, or planning a special event. The Skyline Princess is the perfect waterfront venue for whatever kind of day or evening you are looking to experience. Our three-deck luxury yacht is fully climate-controlled and sails all year round. Bring your favorite takeout meal and beverages for an experience you won’t soon forget! If you are interested in joining us to see some spectacular lighthouses, or for any event, contact Skyline Cruises today!