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Montauk Point Lighthouse

Learn about New York State’s oldest lighthouse in its museum before climbing to the top for panoramic ocean views.

Montauk Point Lighthouse is a historic structure overlooking the ocean, with spectacular views and a museum. The 18th-century lighthouse has been an iconic part of Long Island’s landscape for more than 200 years and is still active as a navigation tool for seafarers.

Capture photos of the red-and-white tower of the lighthouse, which rises to a height of 110 feet (34 meters). Its light flashes once every 5 seconds. Enter the historic structure and ascend the 137 iron steps to its peak for panoramic views of the ocean and the New York State coastline.

The museum is located in the 1860 Keepers’ House and is full of intriguing trinkets and vestiges from the lighthouse’s past. See the original document signed by Thomas Jefferson and President George Washington to approve the construction of the building. The Second Congress authorized the lighthouse in 1792.

Find out about the rise and decline of the whaling industry in the Gilmartin Galleries. Various temporary exhibits year-round feature topics such as photography.

Enjoy a picnic on the grass with a backdrop of the lighthouse and the ocean. Purchase souvenirs, including small models of the lighthouse, in the gift shop. Weddings and other events are often held at the site, due to its extraordinary setting. School children and other large groups frequently take tours of the historic building.

The lighthouse is open to visitors daily in summer and on the weekends in spring and November. Exact times vary depending on the season. The entrance fee is discounted for seniors and children.

Montauk Point Lighthouse is in the state park of the same name on the eastern point of Long Island in the small hamlet of Montauk in East Hampton. Take the New York City subway to Montauk’s railway to reach the lighthouse in 3 hours. You can also drive east for 125 miles (201 kilometers) from Manhattan to the structure. On-site parking is available for a fee.


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Villa Montauk - Villa With Lake View

Villa Montauk - Villa With Lake View

88 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Montauk, this holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Montauk County Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ditch Plains Beach and Montauk Racquet Club. Shadmoor State Park and Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Villa Montauk
    Villa Montauk

    Villa Montauk

    88 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Montauk, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Montauk County Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ditch Plains Beach and Montauk Racquet Club. Shadmoor State Park and Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Newly Listed The Sunlit Cozy Cottage by the Sea on Lake Montauk
      Newly Listed The Sunlit Cozy Cottage by the Sea on Lake Montauk

      Newly Listed The Sunlit Cozy Cottage by the Sea on Lake Montauk

      81 east lake drive, Montauk, NY
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Montauk, this historic cottage is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Montauk County Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ditch Plains Beach and Montauk Racquet Club. Shadmoor State Park and Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Montauk Manor CA $121
        Montauk Manor

        Montauk Manor

        236 Edgemere St., Montauk, NY
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this condominium resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fort Pond and Fort Pond Bay Beach. Shadmoor State Park and South Edison Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km). Montauk Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Secluded 1 Br Cottage on the Lake, Close to Ditch With OS Shower & Fabulous Yard
          Secluded 1 Br Cottage on the Lake, Close to Ditch With OS Shower & Fabulous Yard

          Secluded 1 Br Cottage on the Lake, Close to Ditch With OS Shower & Fabulous Yard

          2 S Lake Dr, Montauk, NY
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a rural location, this romantic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Montauk County Park and Ditch Plains Beach. Montauk Racquet Club and Shadmoor State Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Charming Ditch Plains Colonial - Ocean View
            Charming Ditch Plains Colonial - Ocean View

            Charming Ditch Plains Colonial - Ocean View

            31 Caswell Rd, Montauk, NY
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ditch Plains Beach and Montauk County Park. Montauk Racquet Club and Shadmoor State Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              The Crow's Nest
              The Crow's Nest

              The Crow's Nest

              4 Old West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the sea, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk County Park and Montauk Racquet Club. Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course and Shadmoor State Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Ditch Plains -walk to Beach + Ocean Views!
                Ditch Plains -walk to Beach + Ocean Views!

                Ditch Plains -walk to Beach + Ocean Views!

                35 Caswell Rd, Montauk, NY
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Montauk, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ditch Plains Beach and Montauk County Park. Montauk Racquet Club and Shadmoor State Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).