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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 #15 of 26 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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Provincetown, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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122 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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243 reviews 243 reviews
116 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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Brockton, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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44 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This tells a story of people working to save sailors during shipwrecks. It is located on the beach and well worth a visit.

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Osaka, Japan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were amazed at this area. Perfect for photographers. When you find the right angle...you can almost feel like you are out west in the desert. The drive to here is wonderful since its all a protected area.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Great spot to visit on the edge of Race Point Beach, but they're not always open. As you walk out to this old building, read the plaques you'll find along the boardwalk to learn about famous shipwrecks, how to look for whales rom this spot, and more, so worth a visit even if they're not open. Lack of federal funding... More

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Fairmount, Indiana
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

was a quaint sight at the lighthouse, we viewed it from our tour boat and from the beach..nice pics and great memories.

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