Journey Along
The Massachusetts
Lighthouse Trail

Massachusetts Wander

Since the 1700s, lighthouses have captured our imagination with tales of seafaring and adventure. Massachusetts is home to the first lighthouse in the U.S. Over 45 lighthouses still grace our coastlines, rocky cliffs, and sandy beaches. Today, you can marvel at these picturesque beauties along our scenic coast on the Massachusetts Lighthouse Trail. From Cape Ann in North of Boston to Cape Cod and the Islands, travelers can explore coastal communities, the maritime history of the Commonwealth, and discover these breathtaking gems of beauty. To help you plan your journey, here are some of our most notable and accessible lighthouses in the Bay State.

Cape Cod & The Islands: Nantucket

Leaving from Oak Bluffs, it’s just a one-hour ferry ride from Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket, so it makes for an easy day or overnight trip. There are three lighthouses to explore there: Sankaty Head, in the village of Siasconset, is an easy drive or bike ride from the ferry terminal, while Great Point Light, officially Nantucket Light, requires much more effort. Sitting at the northernmost point of the island within the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Reserve, it can only be reached in a four-wheel drive vehicle (that has a beach permit sticker). 26-foot-tall Brant Point Lighthouse, located off Easton St. on the north side of the island, is the second-oldest lighthouse in the U.S.


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