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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  • Eastern Point Light

    Gloucester

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

    + 3 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Long Point Light

    Provincetown

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

    + 4 saves
  • Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises & Events

    Salem

    Cruise with us daily from Salem's historic Pickering Wharf into the beautiful protected waters of Salem Sound for a memorable... more

    + 1 saves
  • Marblehead Light

    Marblehead

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

    + 3 saves
  • Minots Ledge Light

    Cohasset

    Est. in 1850; best views are from Sandy Beach. No public access. more

    + 2 saves
  • Monomoy Point Light

    Chatham

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

    + 5 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
  • 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
  • Plymouth to Provincetown Express Ferry

    Plymouth

    Fastest and Most Direct Route to Provincetown Take the Express Route to Provincetown and get there in half the time... more

    + 2 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

    + 11 saves
  • Point Gammon Light

    South Yarmouth

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

    + 3 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

    + 6 saves
  • Race Point Light

    Provincetown

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

    + 7 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

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