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5 Historic Northeast Lighthouses that are Worth a Detour

If there’s one thing nearly everyone is willing to stop and snap a photo of, it’s lighthouses. These tall, majestic structures once served as navigational directors, warning boats of dangerous coasts. Today they serve as museums, wedding venues and of course sharable photo ops.

The next time you’re traveling along the coast, be sure to keep an eye out for these historical Northeast lighthouses:

Boston Light in Massachusetts – This was the first lighthouse location in the United States. This light station was first lit in 1716, rebuilt in 1783 and currently serves as a U.S. Coast Guard navigational aid facility. The best way to visit Boston Light is by hopping aboard a Boston Harbor tour.

Montauk Point Lighthouse in New York – If you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit the Hamptons, just plan a trip to see New York’s Montauk Point Lighthouse. Completed in November 1796, and located at the eastern tip of Long Island, this National Historic Landmark is open to the public with regular tours. Not only is this lighthouse decorated with lights during the holidays, but weddings can be hosted on-site!

New London Harbor Light in Connecticut – First constructed in 1761 for roughly $285,000, New London Harbor Light is one of the earliest American lighthouses with a flashing light. From the top, you can see more lighthouses than any other place on earth, according to the Coast Guard. Unfortunately, the lighthouse is not currently open to the public.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey – Just recently reopened to the public, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. It is also the only remaining original tower of the 11 lighthouses built in the 13 colonies prior to the American Revolution. Tours occur daily on a first-come-first-served basis between the hours of 1:00 and 4:30PM.  

White Island Light in New Hampshire – With just five lighthouses across the state, New Hampshire actually has more lighthouses on Lake Sunapee (3) than on its oceanic coast (2). But, if you’re looking to see the oldest lighthouse in New Hampshire, head to Rye. Here you’ll find the White Island Light, also known as the Isles of Shoals Light. This lighthouse was built in 1859 and automated in 1986. Since it’s located on an island, the best way to see this lighthouse is aboard a boat.

Have a favorite lighthouse we’ve left off the list? Let us know in the comments below. And, if you’re planning to travel via boat to see a lighthouse near you, spend some time brushing up on boat safety basics.

20 thoughts on “5 Historic Northeast Lighthouses that are Worth a Detour

  1. Don’t forget the Twin Lights in Highlands, NJ. Situated on the highest point along the eastern seaboard of the US, it features a newly refurbished museum. Climb the north tower for spectacular views of Sandy Hook(including the lighthouse), Raritan Bay, and New York City.

  2. Don’t forget the Twin Lights in Highlands, NJ. Situated on the highest point along the eastern seaboard of the US, it features a newly refurbished museum. Climb the north tower for spectacular views of Sandy Hook(including the lighthouse), Raritan Bay, and New York City.

  3. The six
    Lighthouses on cape cod are all different From Nobska in Falmouth, Chatham,Nauset, Highland(cape cod light) race point and two at the tip of the cape in Province town. At he nauset light there is a reconstruction of the three sisters. Lighthouses that we’re originally at this site. All six can be seen in a one days drive.

  4. Block Island North Lighthouse. My father, William Henry McAfee, Jr. was the first Aficsn American “Keeper of the Light , USCG at that light house!

  5. This past Tuesday August 21st my daughter and I went and visited the Nubble Lighthouse in York Maine. It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon on the rocks watching the water and enjoying the Seacoast.

  6. The Cape May lighthouse was built in 1859. When we go we always include a trip to Sunset Beach, just a few miles down the road at the tip of NJ. Its a beautiful eay to end the day and start the evening!

  7. Nubble light house is right off the highway when you first go into Maine. from NH it is beautiful and one of my favorites.

  8. My favorite lighthouse is Nubble Lighthouse off Rte 1 in Maine. Beautiful sight on top of a rocky island that you can see by land or by boat.

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