37 Main St.
Considered the iconic landmark of the town, the Chatham Light stands 48 feet tall and 80 feet above sea level overlooking the infamous Chatham Bar. It is one of the few lighthouses in America that still operates 24 hours a day. Everything you want to know about the Lighthouse, the Coast Guard station, and the scenic and historic immediate surrounding area known as the Lighthouse Overlook, is provided in the links below.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts tours of the Chatham Lighthouse on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30 PM in the summer season, and alternate Wednesdays in the Spring and Fall. The Chatham Light is an operational lighthouse under the US Coast Guard, who are ready to answer many emergencies involving distressed mariners, fishermen, or summer folk with problems on the water.
Admission is free during times of the Lighthouse tours. No admission to the grounds or to the Lighthouse at other times, since it is US Coast Guard property.
See the link above for more details and important tour rules.
The Chatham Light was originally a pair of lighthouses, called the “Twin Lights”, and this site was just one of three lighthouse locations in Chatham – the others being the Stage Harbor Light, and the Monomoy Light. More history below.
You will find few spots on the entire East Coast of North America that can equal the view at The Chatham Light. Walk or drive down Main Street to the lighthouse and stay a spell. You will meet many of your friends. This is a fine spot to view the well-known North Beach Break. Please observe and obey the parking signs as posted. For a close-up view try the public telescopes.
The Chatham Light is the iconic landmark of Chatham’s location and history on Cape Cod’s elbow, next to the sea. An overview of the Lighthouse history, as well as the many points of historical interest immediately surrounding the Lighthouse, can be viewed on the Historic Chatham Smartphone Tours website (link below).