Tour Historic Lighthouses On The Massachusetts Coast

Lighthouses have a special place in the hearts of all Cap Cod residents. They hold a wealth of history (oh, the stories they’d tell if they could talk!) and are steeped in lore. To be able to step inside and explore them is a wonderful treat.

We’re fortunate to have five of these historic lights that offer tours close to the Whalewalk Inn here in Eastham. Plan a visit to one or all.

Nauset Light. This is our hometown lighthouse, and was moved from its original plot in Chatham in 1923, replacing the last of a trio of lighthouses known as “Three Sisters.” Park at Nauset Light Beach and follow the shady walking trail.
120 Nausett Light Beach, Eastham
Open Tours
June, September, and October: Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
July – August: Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Chatham Lighthouse. One of the prettiest views on the Cape is from here. It’s one of the most photographed, and been a beacon here since the mid 1800’s, when it was joined by a second light, as noted above.
37 Main Street, Chatham
Tours: Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
June 7 and 21
August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
September 6 and 20
October 4 and 18

Nobska Point Lighthouse. With its bluff-top location, this lighthouse offers grand vistas including Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and Elizabeth Islands. Built in 1828, its original Fresnel lens is still in use.
233 Nobska Road, Woods Hole
Tours: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20
Thursdays, June 8, 22, and 29
July and August schedules are not yet available

Highland Light. Also known as the Cape Cod Lighthouse, this is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and owned by the National Park Service. It was the Cape’s first lighthouse, built in 1797. Over the years it has been rebuilt, re-fitted, and even moved a few times to prevent it from toppling into the ocean!
27 Highland Light Road, North Truro
508-487-1121
Tours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Daily, through October 29, 2017
$6/adult, $5/students and seniors

Race Point Light. This remote lighthouse is located way up on Cape Cod’s northern tip and is maintained by the Coast Guard. You’ll need to hike to get there, about two miles on sand.
Provincetown, MA
508-487-9930
Tours: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
June 17
July 1 and 15
August 5 and 19
September 2 and 16
October 7

We may not have a turning light, but Whalewalk Inn is definitely a beacon for travelers! Come enjoy a relaxing stay soon!

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