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.
There 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, Huntington Harbor Lighthouse, has been undergoing major renovations and plans are underway to reopen to the public at the end of June 2018.
In the meantime, check out our guide to these incredible lighthouses your family can visit. A word of advice before you go: Limber up, as some of these lighthouses boast steep climbs although we think you’ll agree the panoramic views are definitely worth the effort. Have fun exploring.
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