Fodor's Expert Review Chatham Light

Chatham Nautical Site/Lighthouse

The view from this lighthouse—of the harbor, the sandbars, and the ocean beyond—justifies the crowds. The lighthouse is especially dramatic on a foggy night, as the beacon's light pierces the mist. Coin-operated telescopes allow a close look at the famous "Chatham Break," the result of a fierce 1987 nor'easter that blasted a channel through a barrier beach just off the coast. The U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary, which supervises the lighthouse, offers free tours May–October on most Wednesdays; otherwise, the interior is off-limits. There is free parking in front of the lighthouse—the 30-minute limit is strictly monitored.

Nautical Site/Lighthouse Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook Historical Views Free

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Chatham, Massachusetts  02633, USA


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Rate Includes: Free, May–Oct., Wed. by appointment only

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