Many of New England’s picturesque lighthouses open their doors for tours in May. Is this the season you finally climb one to the top? Here are eight seaside structures you can get into this month.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine
This lighthouse, established in 1827 and replaced in 1835, is located in Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park, which opens May 8. Park hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nauset Light in Eastham
Race Point Lighthouse in Provincetown
This lighthouse, established in 1816, and replaced 1876, will open May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Mariner’s Day, when guests will receive tours, free refreshments, and free transportation to and from Race Point Beach. After that, tours will resume on the first and third Saturdays of the month from June until October.
Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah
Tour this lighthouse, established in 1799 and replaced in 1854, on Martha’s Vineyard starting May 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and throughout Memorial Day weekend. See the website for tour dates after that.
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine
You’ll find this lighthouse, established in 1808 and replaced in 1858, in Quoddy Head State Park, where it will open for the season on May 27. Park hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, R.I.
The lighthouse was established in 1749 and replaced in 1856. The museum opens on May 25, but you can climb the tower on May 27 and then on certain scheduled days following.
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, N.H.
This lighthouse, established in 1771 and replaced in 1878, opens May 26 and is open for tours every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day weekend.
Sheffield Island Lighthouse in Norwalk, Ct.
The Norwalk Seaport Association provides ferry rides to Sheffield Island to tour this 1868 lighthouse beginning May 26.