Take the family on a road rally to see nine lighthouses and a lightship during the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge Sept. 16 and 17, 2017.
Participants are encouraged to visit all 10 lights along the route and collect a complimentary souvenir from each. Those who visit all the mandatory stops can claim they have “seen the lights!” and collect a specially designed souvenir.
Every other year, the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society holds the challenge, opening up lighthouses around the Chesapeake Bay.
Lights along the route include Concord Point, Seven Foot Knoll, Hooper Strait, Choptank River Replica, Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point, Point Lookout and Fort Washington lighthouses as well as Lightship Chesapeake. Bonus lights that don’t count toward the prize include Millers Island Lighthouse, Sandy Point Shoal Lighthouse and Blackistone Lighthouse Replica.
Scouts can earn a “Keeping the Lights Shining” Scout patch by finishing the Lighthouse Challenge.
A bonus cruise is available Thursday, Friday and Monday, Sept. 14, 15 and 18, to see some of the more elusive lighthouses in the Chesapeake Bay. The cruise will pass by Hooper Island, Point No Point, Point Lookout and Smith Point lighthouses, as well as a few others. The cruise costs $125 per person and includes a family-style seafood meal on Smith Island. Call Sawyer Fishing Charters & Chesapeake Bay Tours for details at 410-397-3743.
Pictured: Hooper Strait Lighthouse at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.
For details and driving directions, visit the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society website.