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Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
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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  • Always a must go while in Chatham. It's a beautiful lighthouse. The only real downside is that their small parking lot is always very busy. You supposedly can only park there for twenty minutes but I'...  more »
  • We love driving to the lighthouse to view the ocean and take photos in this area. There is a lot of history associated with the lighthouse and a very interesting and beautiful area to walk.  more »
  • Lighthouse torus are wonderful! Steep stairs might not be good for those who have trouble walking or young children, but loved it!  more »
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  • Incredible location. Not to be missed. Coast guard has taken the lighthouse back over. It gets crowed. Off season or before summer gets crowed is the best time to visit.
  • Beautiful and historic location. You can park right near the beach for free and enjoy looking down at the new (as of 2017) channel created by tidal forces and storms over the last winter as liesure craft are now able to pass. The location itself is beautiful just outside of Chatham center and along a pristine and calm beach that's fun for the whole family to explore.
  • Nice little pahking lot at night to sit and look at Lighthouse and beach is right there too. During the summer time during the day. Hard to find parking space.
  • One of the most photographed sites on the Cape. Featured in the popular 2016 film The Finest Hours. Free guided tours available every second Wednesday in season.
  • Good scenery, free parking and nice with informational plates to tell the history!

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