Lighthouses in Massachusetts were once trusted tools for navigation at sea. Today they are windows into our nautical past, filled with folklore and stories of shipwrecks, heroism, romance and, some say, ghosts.

There’s Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse in America, established in 1716. Highland Light on Cape Cod, the first light seen on a voyage from Europe to Boston. Brant Point Light on Nantucket Island has been moved and rebuilt more than any other. Race Point Light, in Provincetown, is open to the public for overnight stays. There are so many more, and we welcome you to come explore, learn about and experience our wondrous array of historic beacons, located up and down our coastlines.

  • Annisquam Light, Gloucester

  • Gay Head Light, Martha's Vineyard

  • Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket

  • Coskata-Coatue, Nantucket

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  • Boston's Best Cruises +
    26 saves

    Boston's Best Cruises

    Boston

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
    15 saves

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Nauset Light +
    15 saves

    Nauset Light

    Eastham

  • Cape Cod Sailing Excursions and... +
    8 saves

    Cape Cod Sailing Excursions and...

    Hyannis

  • Island Queen +
    2 saves

    Island Queen

    Falmouth

  • Bay Spirit Tours +
    1 saves

    Bay Spirit Tours

    Hyannis

  • Brant Point Light

    Nantucket

    Est. in 1746; America's second oldest lighthouse. Grounds open, (no lighthouse entry). Great views from harbor. more

    + 11 saves
  • Plymouth Whale Watching

    Plymouth

    Plymouth Whale Watching is an adventure you will talk about for the rest of your life! Each trip is narrated... more

    + 10 saves
  • Cape Ann Light Station at Thacher Island

    Rockport

    Only operating twin lighthouses in the nation dates to 1771. Access to towers for guests.Wednesday and Saturday morning trips free... more

    + 7 saves
  • Race Point Light

    Provincetown

    Est. in 1816. Open to the public for overnight stays ($). more

    + 7 saves
  • Pilgrim Belle Cruises

    Plymouth

    Cruise Plymouth Harbor in comfort aboard the Pilgrim Belle, an authentic Mississippi-style paddle wheeler! Enjoy the luxury of the Pilgrim... more

    + 6 saves
  • Cape Cod (Highland) Light

    Truro

    Est. in 1797; first Cape Cod lighthouse. Open by appointment only. more

    + 5 saves
  • Chatham Light

    Chatham

    Est. in 1808; original site had twin towers then one was moved to Nauset Beach. more

    + 5 saves
  • East Chop Lighthouse

    Oak Bluffs

    The East Chop Lighthouse marks one end of the entrance to Vineyard Sound. Cared for by the Martha's Vineyard Museum,... more

    + 5 saves
  • Edgartown Lighthouse

    Edgartown

    Major renovations completed in 2007, including installation of a staircase to the lantern room, allowed the Martha's Vineyard Museum to open... more

    + 5 saves
  • Monomoy Point Light

    Chatham

    Est. in 1823. Open to the public for overnight stays ($). more

    + 5 saves
  • Provincetown Whale Watches

    Provincetown

    Provincetown Whale Watches are an adventure you will talk about for the rest of your life! Each trip is narrated... more

    + 5 saves
  • Bakers Island Light

    Salem

    Est. in 1791; site was originally twin lights. No public access. more

    + 4 saves
  • Bird Island Light

    Falmouth

    Est. in 1819; best view is from Butler Point Rd. No public access. more

    + 4 saves
  • Cleveland Ledge Light

    Falmouth

    Est. in 1943; named after President Grover Cleveland who frequently fished in the area. No public access. more

    + 4 saves

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