Race Point Lighthouse

Race Point Lighthouse, Provincetown: Address, Phone Number, Race Point Lighthouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Race Point Lighthouse
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lighthouses
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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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Anna
North Carolina Mountains, NC3 contributions
Long, Worthwhile Walk
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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Rahaal
Tampa, FL280 contributions
One of a quartet safeguarding ships off the coast of the Lower Cape
Sep 2019
Located at the bend of Cape Cod away from the Atlantic and into the bay, this lighthouse has been a landmark and reference point for sailors and travelers for over a century. Accessible by foot, or by a four wheel drive vehicle authorized with a beach pass, this lighthouse represents all the charm and history of Cape Cod's relationship to the ocean. Depending on the weather and time of day, you can see the light and hear the fog horn for miles away. Though the Race Point Lighthouse is no longer operated by a keeper, it is still kept in good working order, and is open to the public as a vacation rental. If you stay overnight, you can see the dark night skies and countless stars, hear the gently rush of the surf or the roar of a stormy sea, and at certain times of year, hear the sounds of whales surfacing and feeding just offshore, and it's likely you'll see seals in the surf as well.
Written November 27, 2019
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Zipi W
Boston, MA11 contributions
Nice Place to be for a photo view, but the hike is not for everyone
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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Exptraveler2013
Fairfield, CT280 contributions
Race Point Lighthouse
Aug 2019
A beautiful old lighthouse on a beautiful beach. You should visit if nothing more than to take a photo and a walk on the beautiful white sand beach. It is so New England! I don’t know the history of the lighthouse but it is well worth the trip out to see it.
Written August 22, 2019
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Thank you for your nice review! I hope you can join us for a tour on the first or third Saturdays of the month through the first Saturday in October! Or, stay overnight in the Keeper’s House! More info at www.racepointlighthouse.org Best regards, Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation
Written August 23, 2019
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ssmf
Middleton, UK21 contributions
Amazing place to stay and to visit
Jul 2019
I happened to see in a guide book that you could stay at this light house, booked on line as fortunately there was a room for the night we wanted (booking well in advance recommended). There are only 3 bedrooms for visitors and one for volunteer light house keepers. Comfortable bedroom, good communal facilities - well equipped kitchen, lounge, back porch, gas BBQ. You have to be organised as you have to bring bedding(sheets and pillow cases) and towels, food and fresh water for drinking and cooking. Also there is a strict pick up ad drop off time just outside Provincetown centre as you can only drive in with a car if you are staying at the Whistle House which is a weekly rental property. Unique experience made even better by the volunteer wardens Sue and Carolyn and the other guests staying there as well. So peaceful and quiet, great to walk along the beach. Amazing bird life and seals in the water 5 meters from beach. Wales can be seen though we didn't. Wardens happy to take you in the light house any time and we did sunset and sunrise - beautiful.
Would love to go back but would definitely stay for more than one night next time.
Written August 12, 2019
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CATTSAR
Provincetown, MA20,598 contributions
Another amazing beach hike!
Jun 2019 • Solo
This was the last of the three lighthouses in Provincetown that I had wanted to hike to. Finally everything fell into place, weather, tides and time to do it. The round trip to the lighthouse and back is just over 4.0 miles (6.75 km) from the Ranger Station. The hike takes you along the immediate shore line of the Atlantic, then over the dunes shortly before reaching the lighthouse. The views are spectacular and the quiet is a great reprieve from the commotion in town. This is a working and manned lighthouse so the lighthouse keepers home is occupied. On this hike I had the opportunity to chat with two of the volunteer keepers. There is a time table posted outlining the history of the lighthouse. This is a relaxing and educational way to spend an afternoon. Bring supplies, have lunch and a dip in the water, carry it in , carry it out, and check the tides so you do not get stranded. 
Written June 28, 2019
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Thank you for visiting Race Point Lighthouse! There is a shorter walk from the Hatches Harbor Trail on the road from Herring Cove Beach to Race Point Beach. The National Park Visitor's Center can give you a map, for your next trip out. www.racepointlighthouse.org
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Bill P
Coventry, RI18 contributions
Take the walk you won't be disappointed.
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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lance208
Saint Louis, MO33 contributions
Another accidental find
May 2019 • Couples
This lighthouse sits 2 1/2 miles from the nearest paved road and is only accessible by foot, boat or off road vehicle (ORV). We got lucky and visited on Mariners Day when the lighthouse was sponsoring free rides (a donation of $5.00 were suggested per person). We were driven out through the dunes in a 4x4 vehicle and allowed to roam the grounds at will and be driven back all for a measly $5.00. The area is gorgeous and you can even reserve nights in the keepers house in season. It was on e of the highlights of our trip.
Written June 6, 2019
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Thank you for the nice comments and for coming to our Mariner's Day event! The volunteers from the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation all made it a nice day. Come back and stay with us!
Written June 18, 2019
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popib56
Concord, NH27 contributions
Wonderful Time!!
May 2019 • Family
During our trip to Ptown Sunday morning we lucked out. It was Mariner's day at the Lighthouse. The American Lighthouse Foundation had an open house. They run shuttles out to the Lighthouse. The ride out to the Lighthouse was great. There was a coyote watching the shuttles on our way out to the Lighthouse. You are able to see all the buildings onsite. There were plenty of staff to give you an excellent experience. The buildings are well maintained. Had a wonderful time. Thanks American Lighthouse Foundation
For all the work you do.
Written May 22, 2019
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Thanks for the nice review! It was a great day! We hosted close to 400 people that day and the volunteers from the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation enjoyed giving tours. Also, thanks go to Tom Wineman from Clean Energy Design, who spent the day in the basement showing off our high performance solar power system he designed.
Written June 18, 2019
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Connie M
2 contributions
Race Point Lighthouse
Jul 2018 • Family
This is one of those places everyone should visit more than once in their lifetime. Spent a week with 20+ family members 20 years ago and a reunion trip in July 2018. Some of the best memories I will ever have! Thank you to the "Plovers" for giving my family time to be stranded in this beautiful place for a few days ♥️♥️ 😉🤗
Written January 4, 2019
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Thanks for the nice review, Connie. It is a special place. For the 2020 season, reservations open November 1st at 5:00 p.m. Please come visit us again!
Written June 18, 2019
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