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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  • Bay Spirit Tours +
    1 saves

    Bay Spirit Tours

    Hyannis

  • Boston's Best Cruises +
    26 saves

    Boston's Best Cruises

    Boston

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

    Cape Cod Sailing Excursions and...

    Hyannis

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
    15 saves

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Island Queen +
    3 saves

    Island Queen

    Falmouth

  • Nauset Light +
    15 saves

    Nauset Light

    Eastham

  • 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
  • Borden Flats Light

    Fall River

    Est. in 1881. No public access. more

    + 3 saves
  • Brant Point Light

    Nantucket

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

    + 11 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 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
  • Cape Cod (Highland) Light

    Truro

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

    + 5 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
  • Chatham Light

    Chatham

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

    + 5 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
  • Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

    Nantucket

    Comprising a pair of long, fingery peninsulas, Coskata Coatue ("co-skate-uh coat-oo") Wildlife Refuge is both a popular summer... more

    + 2 saves
  • Derby Wharf Light

    Salem

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

    + 3 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

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