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“Great spot for a picnic lunch”

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Owner description: This lighthouse was erected in 1827 when its first lamps were fueled by whale oil; today the buildings and grounds serve as an historical and educational resource for the public to enjoy.
Orlando, Florida
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great spot for a picnic lunch”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Cape Vincent, NY is an amazing little town that we enjoyed taking several walks exploring. We found it to be very safe, with great people and some nice little restaurants and stores. When I saw the sign for Tibbetts Point Lighthouse I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see another lighthouse. The winding road back to the lighthouse has some beautiful views and some amazing homes along the way. As we drove up the driveway and got out of the car I found that I was pleasantly surprised by the upkeep of the grounds and the spectacular view. This little out of the way spot is an excellent place for a picnic when you just want to enjoy a quiet breeze and an excellent view of the river.

Visited August 2013
Thank Mike P
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New York
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“It was not a pretty day out enjoyed.”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

We were staying on wesley island and it was a very windy and cloudy day so we took a ride to Cape Vincent, NY. It is a very cozy town and very nice people. If you go all the way to the end you can go look at the Light house wish we could of gone up in it but they closed it due to safety, it is very interesting. If you would like if you have a enhanced drivers license or a passport you could take the ferry across to Canada.

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

In the town of Cape Vincent you will see the brown attraction signs that tell you what direction to go to see the lighthouse. Once you get further out of town you stop seeing the signs but continue on the lovely drive past beautiful large old homes on the lakefront. At the end of the road you will see the lighthouse which is free with free parking. The lighthouse is beautiful and there is a fog horn building that simulates the sound of the fog horn and houses the original pressure tanks and machinery used to operate this aspect of the lighthouse. There is a hostel there for those who would like to spend the night there. This is still a operating lighthouse so go at night to enjoy the beauty of it's night time splendor. There is a gift shop and there was a wonderful lady there working the counter who not only helped us with our purchases but told us stories of when she and her husband used to run a light house in Cape Cod. I was extremely happy with our visit. You can't go up in this light house but the view even though at it's base, was beautiful and mesmerizing watching the churning waves. I definitely recommend!

Visited August 2013
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

quite the drive to get there. but worth it. a lot of beautiful houses. Wished we could have gone into the light house.

Visited June 2013
Thank michelleLeroy_ny
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Buffalo, New York
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“Worth a stop if in the area...”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Attention, geography fans.

Speaking as someone who once drove to the spot where the Erie Canal either ended or began at the Hudson River, you'll love Cape Vincent.

All of the Great Lakes eventually drain into the St. Lawrence River, and Cape Vincent sits on the spot where Lake Ontario turns into a river. The place is marked by the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. The brochure on the town lists the lighthouse as the top local attraction.

Captain John Tibbetts donated the land for the lighthouse way back in the 1820's. They named the place after him. The Coast Guard still has control over the facility, but it does it by remote control in Oswego. There is a visitors' center that is open Memorial Day to Columbus Weekend. There's also a hostel on the grounds.

You get there exactly the way you'd think you would. Get off at the last exit on Interstate 81, take a left, go on Route 12 to Route 12E. Eventually you'll run into a road that's marked as a dead end, but actually extends a handful of miles west to the lighthouse.

It's a nice little spot for a summer visit.

Visited May 2013
Thank BBailey182
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