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“Beautiful - but watch your step on breakwater” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wood End Lighthouse

Wood End Lighthouse
Provincetown, MA
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Ranked #23 of 61 things to do in Provincetown
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“Beautiful - but watch your step on breakwater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Don't be lazy. make your way across the breakwater. Just don't go bare foot on the breakwater, because the rough boulder surface will scratch the bottom of your feet & the hot sand will be a unpleasant surprise once you make your way into the island.
Wade in the water during low tide. Walk on the sandy pool & feel the prickly horsetail grass in the water.
See if you can find the natural gas escaping and making bubbles under water.
Most crabs are dead, but some may be alive and small.
Watch out for jelly fish.
Even in high tide you can still wade in the water to the north side - be mindful of current.
Take your time to take in the fragrant air scented by the wild roses.
We saw family with fishing poles hanging out by the light house.

Visited May 2013
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“Go at low tide to experience natural Cape Cod”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

You get to the Wood End Lighthouse by crossing the breakwater. I wasn't crazy about walking on the break water. It was very windy and the uneven rocks made me uncomfortable (didn't bother my middle aged husband!). But since we went across at low tide we were able to go down and walk along the wet sand for much of the way. The walk on the sand is really interesting. There are little tidal pools, many birds, grasses and constant water movement. Once across the break water, we saw a total of three people the entire time. The land and beaches are beautiful in their natural state. Bring water and a snack.

Visited October 2012
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Wilmington, Delaware
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“Walk over the jetty at Low Tide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

The jetty is safest at low tide. Our guest house had the tide charts available. It is about 1 mile across the jetty and there are trails mostly on packed sand for another .5 miles to the lighthouse. We had the place to ourselves and enjoyed the view and the remote experience. At lowest tide, you can even walk across the marsh (wear water shoes or sandles), but we didn't do that. Limited parking available.

Visited September 2012
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“Very cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Went late in the afternoon, not a soul around. The beach there is beautiful

Visited June 2012
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“Hike over the breaker wall and be at the very end of MA - where the PILGRIMS first landed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

Wood End Lighthouse if the furthermost light house on the tip of Cape Cod at the entrance to the Provincetown Harbor.
This is the locale where the PILGRIM's REALLY FIRST LANDED on our shores!

It is accessible by rental boat, kayak, or a hike over the breaker wall at the far west end of Commercial Street.

It's a fairly strenuous walk over the breaker wall, as the huge granite blocks are just piled in a random fashion, and are not at all level, so expect ups and downs on hard stone for quite a distance, but well worth it for a chance to explore the very outer reaches of Cape Cod. The walk across the breakers itself can take up to an hour one way depending on your eagerness and fortitude.

Definitely use sunscreen and bring a hat because you will be in the wide open, with sun reflecting off the water and have lots of exposure.

Water bottle is a must if you plan to complete the walk across and some snacks or lunch. Some people only venture part way out.

When you reach the end of the breaker wall you can hike across the dunes to the ocean side or continue along the beach to the light house, or just sit and relax on the beach - another hour or two.
There are a few remnants of an ancient fort on the dunes but time has taken it's toll, and you may not see much of the foundation that is left. Occasionally harbor seals are seen within the harbor area near this beach.

Kids may find sand dollars, and abundance of periwinkle shells and the like.
At low tide, you can walk along the wall and find many starfish attached to the lower tidal stones, and the usual hermit crabs and other critters in the pools.

Once the tide turns and begins coming in, its a good idea to get the kids back out and onto either the beach or the wall again as there is a good current as the tide rises.

Not so great if you have little ones or babies in snugli's or are old enough to have bad knees!

Parking at the end of Commercial Street at the 'circle' or beginning of the breaker wall is fairly limited. There is a pay lot in the West End of Commercial as well as some on street meters that are not too far. Plenty of people bike to the start point.

Plan to spend 2- 3 hrs if you undertake the whole walk. Maybe longer if you explore the area - dunes, beach, tidal pools etc.

No bathrooms facilities! No food or drinks either except what you bring along.

Visited August 2011
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