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Exploring the Majestic Beauty: Top 10 Lighthouses on Cape Cod

Updated: May 13



Cape Cod, with its rich maritime history and stunning coastal landscapes, boasts a collection of iconic lighthouses that have guided sailors for centuries. These beacons of light not only serve as vital navigational aids but also stand as picturesque symbols of the region's seafaring heritage. In no particular order, here are 10 lighthouses on Cape Cod, each with its unique charm and history.


  1. Highland Light (Cape Cod Light) - North Truro: Standing proudly on a picturesque bluff, Highland Light, established in 1797, offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Its striking red brick exterior and historic significance make it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Tours daily from May - October. https://www.highlandlighthouse.org/

  2. Nauset Light - Eastham: With its iconic red and white exterior, Nauset Light has been a guiding beacon since 1838. Set in Eastham, it serves as an enchanting sight against the backdrop of the stunning Cape Cod coastline, attracting visitors from all over the world. (*Nauset Light is the lighthouse featured on the Cape Cod Potato Chips bag!) Tours take place from May-September every Sunday and Wednesday from 4:30 - 7:30. https://www.nausetlight.org/

  3. Chatham Lighthouse - Chatham: Nestled near Chatham Light Beach, this historic lighthouse has safeguarded sailors since 1808. Its classic white exterior and black lantern room add a touch of timeless elegance to the picturesque Chatham shoreline. Tours are offered every Wednesday in July and August. https://www.historic-chatham.org/lighthouse.html

  4. Race Point Light - Provincetown: Dating back to 1816, Race Point Light stands as a striking maritime landmark with its distinctive black and white bands. Located at the tip of Cape Cod, it offers breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Lighthouse tours are on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, running from June 16 - September 15th. $5 donation is suggested. https://www.racepointlighthouse.org/

  5. Three Sisters Lighthouses - Eastham: These three identical lighthouses, dating back to the mid-19th century, tell a story of Cape Cod's maritime history. Originally located in Eastham, they were moved due to shoreline erosion and now stand as a preserved historical gem. Although they are small in stature and you are not able to go inside, they have a very unique history. https://www.nps.gov/caco/learn/historyculture/the-three-sisters-lighthouses.htm

  6. Wood End Light - Provincetown: Welcoming ships since 1872 at the entrance of Provincetown Harbor, Wood End Light stands as a testament to Cape Cod's enduring maritime legacy. Its elegant white tower and distinctive red lantern evoke a sense of nostalgia and adventure. It can be a difficult hike to get out to the lighthouse, and it is not open to the public, but it is beautiful nonetheless. https://lighthousefoundation.org/lighthouses/wood-end-light/

  7. Sandy Neck Light - Barnstable: Serving as a guide since 1826 at the entrance of Sandy Neck Beach, this lighthouse holds a special place in the hearts of visitors. Its storied past and scenic surroundings make it a sought-after spot for those looking to immerse themselves in the Cape Cod experience. If you take a whale watch out of Barnstable Harbor, you will be able to catch a great view of Sandy Neck Lighthouse as you head out on your journey. The lighthouse is not accessible by road. https://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=514

  8. Stage Harbor Light - Chatham: The charming Stage Harbor Light, built in 1880, showcases a unique white conical tower and an attached keeper's house. Situated in Chatham, it continues to guide sailors and serves as a delightful local landmark. It is privately owned, and thus not open to the public. The best place to view the lighthouse is from Harding's Beach in Chatham. https://www.capecodlighthouses.info/stage-harbor-lighthouse-k-hardings-beach-lighthouse/

  9. Long Point Light - Provincetown: Located at the very tip of Provincetown and offering captivating views of Provincetown Harbor, Long Point Light has marked the entrance since 1827. Accessible by boat or foot, this historic lighthouse is a favorite among visitors seeking a glimpse into Cape Cod's maritime past. It is almost a 3 mile hike out the lighthouse, but in the summer you can kayak or take a shuttle boat from Flyer's Boatyard. https://www.nelights.com/exploring/Massachusetts/long_point_lighthouse.html#gsc.tab=0

  10. Wings Neck Light - Pocasset: Since 1849, Wings Neck Light has stood proudly at the entrance to the Cape Cod Canal. Its red brick tower and white lantern serve as a beacon, welcoming travelers and adding to the region's nautical allure. https://wingsnecklighthouse.org/



Visiting these magnificent lighthouses on Cape Cod offers not just a glimpse into history but also a chance to immerse oneself in the natural beauty and seafaring spirit of this remarkable region. Come and experience the magic of Cape Cod's iconic beacons, standing as testaments to the enduring romance of the sea.


John Tierney

General Manager

Harwichport Resort Club

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