Nauset Light
Nauset Light
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Free tours of the light are normally offered from May to October. This year the light will be open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Going up into the tower may require masks or be suspended because of COVID19 limitations. Visit the Nauset Light Preservation Society website, nausetlight.org, or Facebook page for updates.
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  • vivian_ferri
    Bronx, New York189 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just As Expected
    We came here because it was the lighthouse on the Cape Cod chips bag. It was exactly as I pictured it. We were there on a Monday so we did not get to go inside the lighthouse. We parked in the free parking area which was about a 1/4 mile down the road. It was overall a good experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Mary
    Fall River, Massachusetts237 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Little Known Fact!
    Absolutely standing tall! Very picturesque!! I fact I didn't know...that it is the Lighthouse on the bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips. Unfortunately we did not make it to tour the inside. I would have loved that. The surround beach is lovely.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2024
  • nowpacking
    Dallas, Texas3,470 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nauset Lighthouse
    Built in 1877 in Chatham and moved to Eastham in 1923, the present Nauset Lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is made of cast iron with a brick lining and stands 48 feet high. In the 1940s, Nauset Lighthouse was painted red and white as a daytime indicator. The lighthouse has been moved back from the shoreline several times as the ever changing shore eroded over the years. In 1996 it was moved 300 feet across the road to its present location.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2024
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Maltipoo16
New York1,794 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Nauset Light was absolutely stunning. The path we took to access the lighthouse was from three sisters lighthouses, as that was the only parking spot available. The parking at Nauset Light is limited to around 20 or so spots due to bathhouse construction. The park rangers we encountered were very friendly and helpful. Pro tip, walk over to the grassy area overlooking the beach. It’s a cliff, so be careful, but the view is absolutely stunning.
Written August 21, 2021
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theoljohnnyboy
New Florence, PA1,510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Not too often that you visit somewhere so well known. I took my bag of chips with me and enjoyed them sitting on a bench in front of the tower. Parking seemed to be only available at the beach lot that carries a fee depending on the time of year, or at the three sisters display followed by a bit of a walk in. Tours and so forth are limited so check their website in advance. Nice area.
Written September 16, 2022
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RjessMMM
Vancouver, WA562 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Our favorite lighthouse to visit during our drive from Boston to Provincetown. There is a NPS stop on the way there so if you need to use the bathroom, definitely stop so you don’t have to back track. There was remodeling going on when we were there so there were no bathroom facilities. Looks like they will be open this summer. There was a lot of parking but this was also a weekday in March. I bet this place is packed during the summer. You can get all the way to the lighthouse which was wonderful. Lots of plaques to read about the history. Nice pathway to the beach. There is a separate pathway to the lighthouse from the parking lot through the woods or you can walk in the road. Definitely do the latter. When we got back to the car we found a tick on our dog which made us a bit paranoid about Lyme disease for us and necessitated a quick check of our skin. Fortunately there were none. Would definitely return. Enjoy.
Written April 9, 2022
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PaleoGypsy
Philadelphia, PA2,312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
No bathrooms exist here because they are being completely being rebuilt from the ground up. Very few parking spaces exist due to the fenced, construction zone. Have a Plan B so as to not be disappointed when you cannot park. Other than that, learn of the history of the area. Look at the lighthouse. Watch for seals and birds.
Written May 29, 2021
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Courtney M
Connecticut40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We loved this lighthouse. The area is very scenic and you can walk right up to it and take some great photos. The neighboring beach was beautiful to walk along and we even saw a seal/sea lion (not sure which) swimming in the water! And better yet, if you come after 4pm during peak season you don’t have to pay for parking. Another added bonus is the three sisters lighthouses is a very short walk from this one which I hadn’t realized prior to our visit. Highly recommend stopping if you enjoy sightseeing different lighthouses.
Written August 6, 2022
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everyones-a-critic
Boston, MA102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We stopped in the lot for the beach and took the short walk to the lighthouse. There is a bit of a hill to climb for anyone who has mobility challenges. This is the Cape Cod Potato Chip lighthouse and an icon of the cape. Under normal circumstances there are tours but due to COVID they are on hiatus. There are a lot of great informational boards all around the world lighthouse. Also featured are the oil house and the keepers house which is a private residence so stay off that. A nice piece of history.
Written September 25, 2020
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nowpacking
Dallas, TX3,470 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Built in 1877 in Chatham and moved to Eastham in 1923, the present Nauset Lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is made of cast iron with a brick lining and stands 48 feet high. In the 1940s, Nauset Lighthouse was painted red and white as a daytime indicator. The lighthouse has been moved back from the shoreline several times as the ever changing shore eroded over the years. In 1996 it was moved 300 feet across the road to its present location.
Written July 6, 2024
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY644 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
While other lights might be taller or more impressive, it is hard to beat the Nauset light for an informative experience. Privately owned and managed by volunteers, we really enjoyed our tour and climb to the top. A small donation allows you to choose from a nice variety of keepsakes.
Written July 4, 2023
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Jodybacf
Columbia, MD21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We were so lucky to plan our trip on a day the lighthouse was open for tours. Docents were very knowledgeable and helpful. You can really see the locals are quite interested in preserving the history of the lighthouses. This one is very well-kept and easy to get to.
Written September 28, 2022
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Colleen C
Middleton, WI290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The Nauset Light, featured on the bag of Cape Cod Kettle Chips, is a historical treasure. Though it was being restored when we were there, you could still see the lighthouse. It needed a lot of TLC, but it will be beautiful again once it's done. There is a path to the beach close by, which was fun, too.
Written January 11, 2022
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