Chatham Lighthouse

Chatham Light, located on the grounds of Coast Guard Station Chatham, is one of the most popular Cape Cod lighthouses thanks to its beautiful setting overlooking Lighthouse Beach. This scenic beach, also known as South Beach, offers everything from sunbathing and swimming to yoga classes and nature walks.

The lighthouse was established in 1808, and President Thomas Jefferson appointed its first keeper, Samuel Nye. It was originally built with twin towers, but the Northern tower was moved to Eastham in 1923 to become Nauset Light. Chatham Light became automated in 1982 is still actively in use by the Coast Guard.

Lighthouse Tours

Tours are available every Wednesday in July and August, and every other Wednesday in May, June, September, and October, from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.

Tour Rules:

  • Tours are subject to cancellation due to rain.
  • Children less than 45″ tall are not allowed above the base.
  • Proper footwear required to climb the metal stairs and ladder.
  • Appropriate clothing is recommended for climbing a ladder.
  • Reservations not required and no fee to tour the lighthouse.
  • Climbing the lighthouse requires significant physical exertion on 44 steps followed by 8 steps on a ladder. Anyone not wishing to climb is welcome to visit the base of the lighthouse for a brief history.

Upcoming Tours