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Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham

(4.3/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
One of the first structures of its kind on Cape Cod, Chatham Lighthouse today hosts a U.S. Coast Guard station and holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed originally in 1808, the lighthouse underwent several phases of modification in the following two centuries until being fully automated in 1982. Climb to the top of the lighthouse via the stairs and ladder for a view of the Atlantic. Because this is an active Coast Guard station and working facility, you'll need to check the online schedule to see when the building is open to the public. Add Chatham Lighthouse and other attractions to your Chatham trip itinerary using our Chatham vacation planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Neat, from the outside, Who knows if you can go inside. It's been here a long time -- there used to be two lighthouses in Chatham, now just one. Next to a cool beach.  more »
  • And they're happy to let you know about it. See the movie "Finest Hour" before you go (Netflix), and the place will come alive. It's got a beautiful beach, especially in winter. Waves over the bars in...  more »
  • Easy parking right at the light house with a beautiful view of the beach. Loved how the American Flag flew beside the light.  more »
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  • We stopped here on a cool windy day. Seals were across the channel, walked up the coast to the right as the high tide came in, beautiful walk. Tide water coming in was higher when we came back, had to come back further off the beach to avoid wet feet. Even with the rain as we came back, a great hike :)
  • Pretty beautiful beach and scenery, free parking (limited spaces) free public pathroom (portable)
  • This was mediocre. We expected to climb a lighthouse, see museum-like things and enjoy the area. Instead we saw a lighthouse from across the street and had a nice view of the beach. Not worth going out of your way.
  • Parking may be limited but this is a great place to stop, admire the lighthouse, read about some rescues, and take a stroll on the beach.
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