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Old Harbor Lifesaving Station

Race Point Beach, end of Race Point Rd., east of Rte. 6, Provincetown, MA
508 349-3785
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Ranked #16 of 27 Attractions in Provincetown
Type: Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: Early Coast Guard sea rescue station and museum of rescue techniques, artifacts and history.
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great demonstration of the Lyle Gun, the cannon that shot the lifesaving ropes out to ships wrecked in nearby waters to save the people on board. Beautiful site in the summer; I can only imagine the tough life and duty for the men who manned the station in stormy winter weather, when they were truly needed.

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Station was closed the day I went but it's a beautiful area and lovely building. Steps up from car park and onto dunes all around.

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Newark, Delaware
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Very informative tour. Cool stuff to check out. Limited hours of operation but I'm not sure if it was just because of the time of year. Worth a visit.

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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181 reviews 181 reviews
53 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This was an unexpected surprise! I have been here numerous times but had never been able to go inside. The station has been opening from 2 till 4 every afternoon and my timing was perfect! As I was waiting to go in I was entertained by two baby red fox. The tour is self guiding but gives a detailed account... More

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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is a true step back in history. The building has been restored down to the furniture , will worth the trip

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Boston, Massachusetts
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125 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

What a great demo of how they use to save people in the early 1900's using old fashion zip lines. This demo happen on Thursdays during the summer and you can even check out the station how it was many years ago.. We came upon this quite by accident at the Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown. Do check this... More

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Claremont, New Hampshire
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169 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Even though it is small, this is a well-done presentation by the National Park Service of American history. The displays are nice and the beach is WONDERFUL!!!

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Lakeville, Massachusetts
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I`m sure it`s very interesting if you`re there when they`re doing a reenactment or lifesaving demonstration but that`s only on Thursdays at 6:00 P.M. On the weekends they`re open from 2:00 P.M. till 4:00 P.M. with no demonstrations. I walked around & saw where & how the crew lived back in the day, which took about 10 minutes.

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33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We loved our visit there! The ranger in charge of the place is a wonderful man and took his time to explain us every detail of the station. We also learned that he wrote a very interesting book with unique stories of the area, which is available at the Visitor Center! Great visit, do not miss it.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We happened to be walking the beach just before the lifesaving station was to open. It appears to be open from 2-4 PM, I think daily. It is wonderfully restored and the guides (volunteers, I believe) were very helpful and authoritive. The shoot the canon with the original "zip line" to demonstrate rescue practices used before helicopters on Thursdays. We... More

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