Go inside the historic “Little Red Lighthouse” in Fort Washington Park on a private tour for Untapped Cities Insiders led by an Urban Park Ranger. While you climb the long iron staircase to the top of the tower, a Park Ranger will provide information about the history of this unique landmark, which is rarely open to group tours. You will also learn about the natural and human history of the surrounding area including Fort Washington Park, The George Washington Bridge and the Hudson River as you walk down to the lighthouse from Washington Heights.
The Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse, erected in 1880 and moved to its current site in 1921, has become widely known as the children’s literary landmark “The Little Red Lighthouse.” This 40-foot tall structure is one of the few surviving lighthouses in New York City. When the George Washington Bridge opened in 1931, the brighter lights of the bridge made the lighthouse obsolete. It was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1948. The lighthouse’s nickname comes from the children’s book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” written by Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward in 1942.
PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!
CAPACITY: 30 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.