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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  • Gay Head Lighthouse

    Aquinnah

    The Gay Head Lighthouse towers over the famous Gay Head cliffs in Aquinnah. Cared for by the Martha's Vineyard Museum,... more

    + 4 saves
  • Long Point Light

    Provincetown

    Est. in 1827. Grounds open only; no lighthouse entry. Accessible by foot only. more

    + 4 saves
  • Nobska Point Lighthouse

    Woods Hole

    A Falmouth must. Rich in history, Nobska Lighthouse offers stunning vistas of Vineyard Sound, the Elizabeth Islands and Martha's Vineyard. more

    + 4 saves
  • Sankaty Head Light

    Nantucket

    Est. in 1850. Viewing only; no public access due to severe erosion. more

    + 4 saves
  • Scituate Light

    Scituate

    Est. in 1811. Grounds open by appointment only. Oldest lighthouse in US with attached living quarters. more

    + 4 saves
  • West Chop Light

    Vineyard Haven

    Est. in 1818. No public access. more

    + 4 saves
  • Winter Island Light

    Salem

    Est. in 1871; best views are from Winter Island Maritime Park. more

    + 4 saves
  • Wood End Light

    Provincetown

    Est. in 1873. Grounds open only, no lighthouse entry. more

    + 4 saves
  • Borden Flats Light

    Fall River

    Est. in 1881. No public access. more

    + 3 saves
  • Butler Flats Light

    New Bedford

    Est. in 1898; best views are from the seawall off Ricketson St. No public access. more

    + 3 saves
  • Buzzards Bay Entrance Light

    Falmouth

    Est. in 1961. No public access. more

    + 3 saves
  • Cape Poge Light

    Edgartown

    Est in 1801. Open to the public; island accessible by boat, lighthouse accessible by four-wheel drive or 2.5 mile walk on island. more

    + 3 saves
  • Derby Wharf Light

    Salem

    Est. in 1871. Grounds open only, no lighthouse entry. more

    + 3 saves
  • Eastern Point Light

    Gloucester

    Est. in 1832. Grounds open only, no lighthouse entry; harbor tours available ($), (978) 283-1979. more

    + 3 saves
  • Essex River Cruises & Charters

    Essex

    Since 1992 we have offered interesting and informative narrated cruises. We also offer private charters for Parties, Clambakes, Events, and Company... more

    + 3 saves
  • Hospital Point Range Light

    Beverly

    Est. in 1872. No public access. more

    + 3 saves
  • Liberte, The Schooner

    Falmouth

    Three-masted stay sail-rigged schooner departing 3 times a day from Falmouth Harbor. A short history of the area will be given... more

    + 3 saves
  • Marblehead Light

    Marblehead

    Est. in 1838. Grounds open only, no lighthouse entry. more

    + 3 saves
  • Point Gammon Light

    South Yarmouth

    Est. in 1816; privately owned; no public access. more

    + 3 saves
  • Stage Harbor Light

    Chatham

    Est. in 1880; lighthouse is now a private residence. No public access. more

    + 3 saves

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