Long Island lighthouses are a beacon into the past. To explore them is to immerse yourself in the history of the region, from the Revolutionary War to the whaling age, and the great steamship era of the 19th century.
The are about 20 lighthouses on Long Island, from New York Harbor to Montauk and the North Fork. Four—Bug Light, Fire Island, Horton Point and Montauk Point—are open for public exploration. A fifth, in Huntington Harbor, is closed indefinitely, but will reopen to visitors when renovations are complete.
So see the light at these four destinations. But a word of advice before you go: Limber up, as some of these lighthouses boast steep climbs. Don't fret because the panoramic views are worth the sweat. Here is our guide to four incredible lighthouses that are worth the trip. Have fun exploring.
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