Race Point Lighthouse
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The Race Point Lighthouse, Keeper's House, Whistle House and Oil House are maintained by the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization of volunteer members whose mission is the restoration and preservation of these and other properties including Wood End and Long Point Lighthouses. In 1995, the Keeper's house and Whistle House were renovated and the opened for overnight stays to guests from around the world. Google Maps directs drivers to a road that is not accessible unless a permit is obtained from the NPS during the season and vehicle has 4 wheel drive. It is a 2 mile walk from the Race Point Beach, or an easier and shorter walk from the Hatches Harbor parking lot off the Province Lands Rd between Race Point and Herring Cove Beaches. The lighthouse tower is open for tours on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays during the season. Closed if the piping plovers close access to the beach.
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North Carolina Mountains, NC3 contributions
Jan 2020
I don’t mind a long walk, and I especially don’t mind a long walk on the beach with a bunch of exciting wildlife, which is why I would highly recommend visiting Race Point Lighthouse if you’re planning a trip to Provincetown. And besides, once you get done walking two miles to the lighthouse, the end result is a stunning panorama of the ocean, the beach, and the beautiful nature we don’t get to see every day. Would go back again and again and again!
Written May 25, 2020
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Zipi W
Boston, MA13 contributions
Oct 2019
We visited the place last weekend in October. Nice experience. The view is great. Light house is facing East. Sunrise photo is great with sun light shines on the object. The seascape view is not that great because of view angle, kind of awkward angle on both side, East or West.
From reviews, most people talk about the positive aspect of the visit. One thing I would like to point out that the hike is not an easy one for everyone. Before we went, we did not do enough homework, thought we could easily drive there. When we get there, we realize that vehicles are required to have beach permit. Even four wheel drive vehicles have special requirements for permit. We then think we can walk, but with all my photo equipment that is not prepare for hiking, the hike is a tough one. The sand is deep and you are limited on walking only on the vehicle track. You need flash light to walk before sunrise. One step high, next step low - tough. It took us almost two hours to get there. Four hrs of walking on sand back and forth may be a challenge for many. Beware.
Written October 31, 2019
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Susan S
Chatham, MA14 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
We recently stayed for 2 days at the Race Point Lighthouse. The home is adjacent to the actual lighthouse. The property is steps from the beach where whales are frequently swimming. The house consists of 3 bedrooms. My recommendation would be the yellow room (sleeps 3) it has ocean views from both windows and gets a nice sea breeze, the sound of the ocean is amazing. The green room faces the ocean directly and can sleep 5. Bring plenty of food and drinks if you do not have an SUV to get out to the lighthouse. Once there you will not get transportation back into town. You can easily get a week long off road pass from the ranger station. Cost is $50. Well worth it, we traveled to and from town for eating, paddleboarding and climbing the Provincetown Monument.

Must see adventures: The Beech Forest is unbelievable, short drive from lighthouse entrance. A walking trail 1 mile long. No hills to speak of. The coolest thing at this walking trail is the small birds will eat right out of your hands. For some reason they are not afraid of visitors. Don't forget a piece of bread!!! The bike trails are a challenging work out as they have many hills, It is worth it to bring bicycles if possible. Lastly paddleboarding around town was amazing. We paddled around the tip of Provincetown! Boards or kayaks are available for rent in town on the beach. If you have them bring them too!
You will be able to see a sunrise and a sunset at this lighthouse. The lighthouse keepers will stay on property with you. Our keepers were so knowledgeable about anything related to the property, so friendly too!. They will take you to the top of this still working lighthouse. There is also a house next to the keepers property that is available for rent. Really no ocean view and the sitting quarters are very small. Big kitchen and sleeping rooms. It is an option for those who don't want to share a bathroom and have an entire house to yourself. We live only 45 minutes from Provincetown, and wanted a quick get a way. Well worth it. Nina at reservations is most helpful can quickly assist with any reservations or questions. Put a visit to the Race Point Lighthouse on your must see list this summer!
Written May 7, 2014
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Trevor P
Wolcott, Vermont5 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Look, its beautiful and natural. Great beaches and we saw seals. But you need to know - it is not easy to get to. We tried to hike it with a family of 16 including kids 9-16 in age. Only 3 of us actually made it to the lighthouse and several members of the group not speaking to each other. The best part of the trip was the incredibly kind man who drove us back to the parking lot in his 4 wheel drive. Actually, the drive through the dunes was the best part of the trip and here is a shout out to the good Samaritans still left in this world. But otherwise, when the park ranger says its a 40 minute walk up the beach - that really means an hour and a half through soft sand just to get there and then you need to get back somehow and your whole day is used up.
Written July 31, 2014
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A fanstastic job of restoring the keeper's house - everything is there for a wonderful, relaxing, and amazing lighthouse experience. The beach is just a few steps away, and the keepers, who are handy to assist with any questions, tran
sportation etc. are great. Beautiful sunsets!!
Written September 4, 2007
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Liberty, MO8 contributions
May 2011
This was everything we expected and more! I wish we could have made time stand still and it almost seemed to, We walked on the beach until our feet hurt! The view, the beach, the sand dunes, the lighthouse - everything was the experience we were looking for. Our "Keepers/Hosts" were wonderful and made us feel soooo welcome. We had freedom to explore, privacy and yet felt like we were with family. I would recomend this to anyone interested in lighthouses - don't pass up the opportunity to have this expereince.
Written May 22, 2011
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Bill P
Coventry, RI18 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
A bit of a trek to get out there. Well worth it. You can almost see Europe from here. If you are adventurous there is a station where they will deflate your tires so you can drive out and refill them upon return.
Written June 16, 2019
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Thanks for visiting! If you are adventurous and have the SUV and equipment necessary, please plan ahead. The road is closed at this time. Also, a sticker obtained from the Park Service is necessary, or there would be a fine $$.
Written June 29, 2019
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Provincetown, MA67 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
First, you all need to know I love this place so much, we had a discussion about whether I should even tell people about it....

We love to go out here, especially in the off season. On season it is accessed by people in properly equipped vehicles with one of the limited permits, so we really do stay away. We go to Hatches Harbor during season, and I have also had second thoughts about telling too many people about that place.

But off season, Race Point, for us defined as the area from Hatches Harbor around to the Race Point Parking lot is my favorite, especially the area near the lighthouse. It isn't easy to get to unless you like exercise. But there are a few great ways of getting to the lighthouse beach.

2-3 hour round trip, unless you are like me and get easily distracted by amazing and unique scenes: The obvious way to get there is to park at the "Race Point" parking lot near the Coast Guard Station and walk along the ocean. Look at the map. We have done this on snowshoes. Snowy owls in the dunes adjacent to the beach, and there is a road of sorts mostly parallel to the beach that you can walk along if the winds get too strong. This road is more observable on Maps than it may be in the middle of winter. This is due to the sands being blown into what can only loosely be described as tracks.... Walking along this road is magical, but be advised some of the tracks can fill with water at higher tides. And yes, the snowy owls will buzz bomb you if you try to get too close to their nests. That happened to me a few times last year. I still feel a blend of sorry for bothering them, and blessed by the experience.....

Winds get strong out here a lot so be prepared.

1 -2 hour round trip
Another way of getting there is to park in a lot off The Provincelands Road - between Race Point Road & Herring Cove. You can see this on google Maps as well as the "fire road" that goes between Hatches Harbor and the airport. Going this way has its own delights, especially as the road twists at the last minute and the scene goes from a beach scrub forest to a walkway with vistas above the tidal marshes in a few hundred feet. Beware the ice and puddles!

We typically get off of the fire road before it reaches the dunes, but this is quite dependent on the tides. Not advisable during high tides, especially in the winter.. Walking around the edge of the tidal basin that is the inland part of Hatches Harbor has its own delights: I have routinely seen fox, coyotes and literally thousands of birds. These are wild animals and have always left us alone...

Sometimes you can meet a ranger near the lighthouse and will be lucky to have access to the inside. I had that experience three years ago during a late fall hike. It is a special place. Don't forget to tap the side of the lighthouse....

Yes, you can rent space in the main house during the season as it is a seasonal guest house....
Written February 2, 2017
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Kentwood6 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
So I picked a bad day to hike to this place. Well, I didn't really pick it, the weather picked me. It was easily the hottest day of the year. I took along some water but it was long gone by the time I got there. Even though it's only a two mile hike from the parking lot of the beach to the lighthouse, it was a LOOOONG two miles because the sand is almost like quicksand. Your feet sink into it several inches and it becomes a real chore just to go a few hundred feet. I did see a dead seal that had been killed by a shark on the way there and a bunch of seals swimming very close to shore, which made it a pretty interesting hike. The problem was, when I finally got to the lighthouse I was dehydrated and still had the 2 miles to hike back. So I knocked on the door and asked the guy who answered for some water. He informed me that the water was only "for guests". Huh? Then he tells me to walk down the long sandy road and look for someone driving along it to hitchike a ride back. Thanks, buddy! I cut back to the beach and made the slog back. I was desperate enough to slosh some seawater around in my mouth just to alleviate the parched feeling. I saw a vulture pecking at the dead seal and imagined that seal could be me, thanks to the uncaring attitude of a certain federal employee. The worst part? The lighthouse is pretty non-photogenic since it sits far from the water. I've seen dozens of lighthouses that are a zillion times nicer AND easier to get to and the lighthouse keepers won't diss you nearly so hard. &$%!# this place.
Written September 4, 2015
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New Jersey51 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
my husband and i decided to elope here at this location... do your homework and make sure you get a permit otherwise- you won't be able to get here. we were in constant communication with the dune truck that escorted us in 2 miles away from inland. we had a beautiful private wedding (2 other people including minister) and will never forget how wonderful we were treated... a timeless memory with a beautiful landscape of beaches, dunes and of course unique lighthouse... must go! ps.. be advised there is no food for sale or public bathrooms- it's taken care of by the volunteers who take care of the house and lighthouse...they allowed us bathroom entry when needed...
Written March 17, 2015
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