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Lighthouses on the East End

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Looking for the perfect combination of amazing views and a touch of history? Then taking a trip to see one of the 10 historic lighthouses on the East End might be exactly what you need. 

The Hamptons and North Fork are home to some of the most beautiful and scenic lighthouses on Long Island. Discover Cedar Island Lighthouse and the famous Montauk Point Lighthouse – the oldest lighthouse in New York State. 

In the town of Southold, on the North Fork, get to know some of its many lighthouses including the Orient Point Lighthouse, Long Beach Bar Lighthouse, and Horton Point Lighthouse. A great way to see these lighthouses and more is via tour and cruise with the East End Seaport Museum or Cross Sound Ferry

The Hamptons

Cedar Island Lighthouse

5 Cedar Point Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
Built in 1839, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cedar Island Lighthouse played a crucial role in guiding ships sailing into Sag Harbor during its time as a whaling, fishing, and transportation port. From the lighthouse, catch outstanding views of Gardiners Bay. Although the interior is not accessible, turn your visit at the lighthouse into a day for the family at Cedar Point County Park. Here, visitors can wim, fish, hike, bike, or take a leisurely walk along the nature trail. 

Cedar Point County Park: 
Hours: 
Mon-Tues: 8a – 4p  | Wed-Thurs: 7a – 3p  | Fri-Sun: 7a – 7p


Montauk Point Lighthouse

2000 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954
The Montauk Point Lighthouse is located at the tip of the East End and is the fourth oldest lighthouse in the United States. Commissioned by President George Washington in 1792, the lighthouse itself holds much history. In 1969, it was added to the National Historic Register.  There’s much to do at the lighthouse, including museum exhibits and weekly events for you and your family to enjoy. And with views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound, you’re guaranteed to be impressed. 

Hours  (vary each month)
General admission $15 | Seniors $10 | Children under 12 $5
*Children under 41” in height will be free but will not be allowed to climb the tower
Parking: Lot across the street from the lighthouse $8 fee charged by NYS between 8a – 4p 
Cars with visitors 65 and older with a NY license can park for free in the state lot  This does not include admission to the lighthouse 
Group tours – Groups and school tours (20 or more) (book in advance)
No pets allowed only service dogs 

The North Fork

Horton Point Lighthouse

3575 Lighthouse Rd, Southold, NY 11971
The Horton Point Lighthouse overlooks the beautiful Long Island Sound. Commissioned by George Washington in 1790 and ultimately built in 1857, the lighthouse is another essential piece of Long Island’s history. Inside the lighthouse are various nautical exhibits showcasing Southold’s fascinating rum running past and maritime roots. Horton Point Lighthouse has public access from about late May through mid September during the weekends.  

Hours: May 27- Mid September  Saturday and Sunday 11:30a – 4p
Admissions: (cash Only)  $5 per person    $10 per family 
Parking at Horton Point Lighthouse is available in the Southold Park District’s lot for a $5 fee (if not a Park District resident). Street parking is by Southold Town Permit only. 


Latimer Reef Lighthouse

Located in Fishers Island Sound, off the coast of Fishers Island, this lighthouse is still active and in use. The structure is named after James Latemore, a Revolutionary War Patriot who lost his life in an attempt to spy on a British fleet anchored in the Fishers Island Sound. Although the lighthouse is not accessible to the public, visitors can view it via boat or Cross Sound Ferry cruises.  (photo courtesy of Lighthouse Friends)


Little Gull Island Lighthouse

Little Gull Island, Orient, NY 11957
Little Gull Island Lighthouse sits in the Long Island Sound, between Great Gull Island and Fishers Island. A privately owned island, visitors cannot actually step foot inside the lighthouse, but can see it from the outside by boat or ferry. 


Long Beach Bar Lighthouse

103 3rd Street, Greenport, NY
Long Beach Bar “Bug Light” Lighthouse is also set off from Orient Point. The current lighthouse is actually a replica of the original, which was destroyed in 1963. Nicknamed “Bug Light”  because of the spindly legs that supported its original structure. The replica was provided by East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, who have worked hard to maintain the structure. This active lighthouse is not regularly accessible to the public but is able to be viewed via cruise or boat. 

East End Seaport Museum
Bug Light Cruise & Tour  – Tour the inside of Bug Light, the only area lighthouse that allows visitor tours with plenty of time to explore.  Arrive at the Museum 30 minutes early. Boat departs the Museum at 5:00 PM. Coolers permitted.
Tickets:  General $59 (ages 13-62) | Child (ages 4-12) $25


North Dumpling Lighthouse

Fishers Island, NY 06390
The North Dumpling Lighthouse is located on North Dumpling Island, off the coast of Fishers Island. Although it is not currently accessible to the public, the landmark can be viewed by boat or ferry. Visitors can see the lighthouse while spending a relaxing day on the water through the Cross Sound Ferry lighthouse cruise.


Orient Point Lighthouse

5Q7G+9G, Orient, NY 11957
Located in Plum Gut of Long Island Sound, visitors can view Orient Point Lighthouse from the beach, or by the New London Ferry. The tower is privately owned, so you cannot actually step foot inside, but there is much to do in the surrounding area. At Orient County Park, families can bike, fish, hike the trails, and enjoy various water activities such as kayaking and windsurfing.

Orient Point County Park
41425 NY-25, Orient, NY 11957
Parking: Free
Hours: 6a – 8p


Plum Island Lighthouse

Plum Island Ln, Orient, NY 11957
Plum Island Lighthouse is located on the tip of Plum Island, off of Orient Point in the Long Island Sound. Although it is not accessible to the public, the lighthouse can be viewed from the Cross Sound Ferry, which provides tours of the many lighthouses on the North Fork. In addition to enjoying a few hours on the water, spend the day at Orient Point County Park where families can bike, hike, fish, and participate in various other outdoor activities. 

Orient Point County Park
41425 NY-25, Orient, NY 11957
Parking: Free
Hours: 6a – 8p


Race Rock Lighthouse

Race Rock Lighthouse is situated within what is known as the Race – where the currents of the Long Island Sound meet those of the Block Island Sound. Tours of the lighthouse interior are not offered, but the structure can be seen from a boat or Cross Sound Ferry. Visitors can spend the day on the water, enjoying activities such as birdwatching and a picnic at sea.


**Travel tip:  Latimer Reef Lighthouse, Little Gull Island Lighthouse, North Dumpling Lighthouse, Plum Island Lighthouse and Race Rock Lighthouse can all be seen via the Cross Sound Ferry.

Cross Sound Ferry 
41270 Main Rd, Orient, NY 11957
Ferry Parking: Free
Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise
$33 Adult | $16.50 Child (ages 2-11) | Under 2 Free

Looking for the perfect combination of amazing views and a touch of history? Then taking a trip to see one of the 10 historic lighthouses on the East End might be exactly what you need. 

The Hamptons and North Fork are home to some of the most beautiful and scenic lighthouses on Long Island. Discover Cedar Island Lighthouse and the famous Montauk Point Lighthouse – the oldest lighthouse in New York State. 

In the town of Southold, on the North Fork, get to know some of its many lighthouses including the Orient Point Lighthouse, Long Beach Bar Lighthouse, and Horton Point Lighthouse. A great way to see these lighthouses and more is via tour and cruise with the East End Seaport Museum or Cross Sound Ferry

The Hamptons

Cedar Island Lighthouse

5 Cedar Point Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
Built in 1839, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cedar Island Lighthouse played a crucial role in guiding ships sailing into Sag Harbor during its time as a whaling, fishing, and transportation port. From the lighthouse, catch outstanding views of Gardiners Bay. Although the interior is not accessible, turn your visit at the lighthouse into a day for the family at Cedar Point County Park. Here, visitors can wim, fish, hike, bike, or take a leisurely walk along the nature trail. 

Cedar Point County Park: 
Hours: 
Mon-Tues: 8a – 4p  | Wed-Thurs: 7a – 3p  | Fri-Sun: 7a – 7p


Montauk Point Lighthouse

2000 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954
The Montauk Point Lighthouse is located at the tip of the East End and is the fourth oldest lighthouse in the United States. Commissioned by President George Washington in 1792, the lighthouse itself holds much history. In 1969, it was added to the National Historic Register.  There’s much to do at the lighthouse, including museum exhibits and weekly events for you and your family to enjoy. And with views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound, you’re guaranteed to be impressed. 

Hours  (vary each month)
General admission $15 | Seniors $10 | Children under 12 $5
*Children under 41” in height will be free but will not be allowed to climb the tower
Parking: Lot across the street from the lighthouse $8 fee charged by NYS between 8a – 4p 
Cars with visitors 65 and older with a NY license can park for free in the state lot  This does not include admission to the lighthouse 
Group tours – Groups and school tours (20 or more) (book in advance)
No pets allowed only service dogs 

The North Fork

Horton Point Lighthouse

3575 Lighthouse Rd, Southold, NY 11971
The Horton Point Lighthouse overlooks the beautiful Long Island Sound. Commissioned by George Washington in 1790 and ultimately built in 1857, the lighthouse is another essential piece of Long Island’s history. Inside the lighthouse are various nautical exhibits showcasing Southold’s fascinating rum running past and maritime roots. Horton Point Lighthouse has public access from about late May through mid September during the weekends.  

Hours: May 27- Mid September  Saturday and Sunday 11:30a – 4p
Admissions: (cash Only)  $5 per person    $10 per family 
Parking at Horton Point Lighthouse is available in the Southold Park District’s lot for a $5 fee (if not a Park District resident). Street parking is by Southold Town Permit only. 


Latimer Reef Lighthouse

Located in Fishers Island Sound, off the coast of Fishers Island, this lighthouse is still active and in use. The structure is named after James Latemore, a Revolutionary War Patriot who lost his life in an attempt to spy on a British fleet anchored in the Fishers Island Sound. Although the lighthouse is not accessible to the public, visitors can view it via boat or Cross Sound Ferry cruises.  (photo courtesy of Lighthouse Friends)


Little Gull Island Lighthouse

Little Gull Island, Orient, NY 11957
Little Gull Island Lighthouse sits in the Long Island Sound, between Great Gull Island and Fishers Island. A privately owned island, visitors cannot actually step foot inside the lighthouse, but can see it from the outside by boat or ferry. 


Long Beach Bar Lighthouse

103 3rd Street, Greenport, NY
Long Beach Bar “Bug Light” Lighthouse is also set off from Orient Point. The current lighthouse is actually a replica of the original, which was destroyed in 1963. Nicknamed “Bug Light”  because of the spindly legs that supported its original structure. The replica was provided by East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, who have worked hard to maintain the structure. This active lighthouse is not regularly accessible to the public but is able to be viewed via cruise or boat. 

East End Seaport Museum
Bug Light Cruise & Tour  – Tour the inside of Bug Light, the only area lighthouse that allows visitor tours with plenty of time to explore.  Arrive at the Museum 30 minutes early. Boat departs the Museum at 5:00 PM. Coolers permitted.
Tickets:  General $59 (ages 13-62) | Child (ages 4-12) $25


North Dumpling Lighthouse

Fishers Island, NY 06390
The North Dumpling Lighthouse is located on North Dumpling Island, off the coast of Fishers Island. Although it is not currently accessible to the public, the landmark can be viewed by boat or ferry. Visitors can see the lighthouse while spending a relaxing day on the water through the Cross Sound Ferry lighthouse cruise.


Orient Point Lighthouse

5Q7G+9G, Orient, NY 11957
Located in Plum Gut of Long Island Sound, visitors can view Orient Point Lighthouse from the beach, or by the New London Ferry. The tower is privately owned, so you cannot actually step foot inside, but there is much to do in the surrounding area. At Orient County Park, families can bike, fish, hike the trails, and enjoy various water activities such as kayaking and windsurfing.

Orient Point County Park
41425 NY-25, Orient, NY 11957
Parking: Free
Hours: 6a – 8p


Plum Island Lighthouse

Plum Island Ln, Orient, NY 11957
Plum Island Lighthouse is located on the tip of Plum Island, off of Orient Point in the Long Island Sound. Although it is not accessible to the public, the lighthouse can be viewed from the Cross Sound Ferry, which provides tours of the many lighthouses on the North Fork. In addition to enjoying a few hours on the water, spend the day at Orient Point County Park where families can bike, hike, fish, and participate in various other outdoor activities. 

Orient Point County Park
41425 NY-25, Orient, NY 11957
Parking: Free
Hours: 6a – 8p


Race Rock Lighthouse

Race Rock Lighthouse is situated within what is known as the Race – where the currents of the Long Island Sound meet those of the Block Island Sound. Tours of the lighthouse interior are not offered, but the structure can be seen from a boat or Cross Sound Ferry. Visitors can spend the day on the water, enjoying activities such as birdwatching and a picnic at sea.


**Travel tip:  Latimer Reef Lighthouse, Little Gull Island Lighthouse, North Dumpling Lighthouse, Plum Island Lighthouse and Race Rock Lighthouse can all be seen via the Cross Sound Ferry.

Cross Sound Ferry 
41270 Main Rd, Orient, NY 11957
Ferry Parking: Free
Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise
$33 Adult | $16.50 Child (ages 2-11) | Under 2 Free

Looking for the perfect combination of amazing views and a touch of history? Then taking a trip to see one of the 10 historic lighthouses on the East End might be exactly what you need. 

The Hamptons and North Fork are home to some of the most beautiful and scenic lighthouses on Long Island. Discover Cedar Island Lighthouse and the famous Montauk Point Lighthouse – the oldest lighthouse in New York State. 

In the town of Southold, on the North Fork, get to know some of its many lighthouses including the Orient Point Lighthouse, Long Beach Bar Lighthouse, and Horton Point Lighthouse. A great way to see these lighthouses and more is via tour and cruise with the East End Seaport Museum or Cross Sound Ferry

The Hamptons

Cedar Island Lighthouse

5 Cedar Point Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
Built in 1839, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cedar Island Lighthouse played a crucial role in guiding ships sailing into Sag Harbor during its time as a whaling, fishing, and transportation port. From the lighthouse, catch outstanding views of Gardiners Bay. Although the interior is not accessible, turn your visit at the lighthouse into a day for the family at Cedar Point County Park. Here, visitors can wim, fish, hike, bike, or take a leisurely walk along the nature trail. 

Cedar Point County Park: 
Hours: 
Mon-Tues: 8a – 4p  | Wed-Thurs: 7a – 3p  | Fri-Sun: 7a – 7p


Montauk Point Lighthouse

2000 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954
The Montauk Point Lighthouse is located at the tip of the East End and is the fourth oldest lighthouse in the United States. Commissioned by President George Washington in 1792, the lighthouse itself holds much history. In 1969, it was added to the National Historic Register.  There’s much to do at the lighthouse, including museum exhibits and weekly events for you and your family to enjoy. And with views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound, you’re guaranteed to be impressed. 

Hours  (vary each month)
General admission $15 | Seniors $10 | Children under 12 $5
*Children under 41” in height will be free but will not be allowed to climb the tower
Parking: Lot across the street from the lighthouse $8 fee charged by NYS between 8a – 4p 
Cars with visitors 65 and older with a NY license can park for free in the state lot  This does not include admission to the lighthouse 
Group tours – Groups and school tours (20 or more) (book in advance)
No pets allowed only service dogs 

The North Fork

Horton Point Lighthouse

3575 Lighthouse Rd, Southold, NY 11971
The Horton Point Lighthouse overlooks the beautiful Long Island Sound. Commissioned by George Washington in 1790 and ultimately built in 1857, the lighthouse is another essential piece of Long Island’s history. Inside the lighthouse are various nautical exhibits showcasing Southold’s fascinating rum running past and maritime roots. Horton Point Lighthouse has public access from about late May through mid September during the weekends.  

Hours: May 27- Mid September  Saturday and Sunday 11:30a – 4p
Admissions: (cash Only)  $5 per person    $10 per family 
Parking at Horton Point Lighthouse is available in the Southold Park District’s lot for a $5 fee (if not a Park District resident). Street parking is by Southold Town Permit only. 


Latimer Reef Lighthouse

Located in Fishers Island Sound, off the coast of Fishers Island, this lighthouse is still active and in use. The structure is named after James Latemore, a Revolutionary War Patriot who lost his life in an attempt to spy on a British fleet anchored in the Fishers Island Sound. Although the lighthouse is not accessible to the public, visitors can view it via boat or Cross Sound Ferry cruises.  (photo courtesy of Lighthouse Friends)


Little Gull Island Lighthouse

Little Gull Island, Orient, NY 11957
Little Gull Island Lighthouse sits in the Long Island Sound, between Great Gull Island and Fishers Island. A privately owned island, visitors cannot actually step foot inside the lighthouse, but can see it from the outside by boat or ferry. 


Long Beach Bar Lighthouse

103 3rd Street, Greenport, NY
Long Beach Bar “Bug Light” Lighthouse is also set off from Orient Point. The current lighthouse is actually a replica of the original, which was destroyed in 1963. Nicknamed “Bug Light”  because of the spindly legs that supported its original structure. The replica was provided by East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, who have worked hard to maintain the structure. This active lighthouse is not regularly accessible to the public but is able to be viewed via cruise or boat. 

East End Seaport Museum
Bug Light Cruise & Tour  – Tour the inside of Bug Light, the only area lighthouse that allows visitor tours with plenty of time to explore.  Arrive at the Museum 30 minutes early. Boat departs the Museum at 5:00 PM. Coolers permitted.
Tickets:  General $59 (ages 13-62) | Child (ages 4-12) $25


North Dumpling Lighthouse

Fishers Island, NY 06390
The North Dumpling Lighthouse is located on North Dumpling Island, off the coast of Fishers Island. Although it is not currently accessible to the public, the landmark can be viewed by boat or ferry. Visitors can see the lighthouse while spending a relaxing day on the water through the Cross Sound Ferry lighthouse cruise.


Orient Point Lighthouse

5Q7G+9G, Orient, NY 11957
Located in Plum Gut of Long Island Sound, visitors can view Orient Point Lighthouse from the beach, or by the New London Ferry. The tower is privately owned, so you cannot actually step foot inside, but there is much to do in the surrounding area. At Orient County Park, families can bike, fish, hike the trails, and enjoy various water activities such as kayaking and windsurfing.

Orient Point County Park
41425 NY-25, Orient, NY 11957
Parking: Free
Hours: 6a – 8p


Plum Island Lighthouse

Plum Island Ln, Orient, NY 11957
Plum Island Lighthouse is located on the tip of Plum Island, off of Orient Point in the Long Island Sound. Although it is not accessible to the public, the lighthouse can be viewed from the Cross Sound Ferry, which provides tours of the many lighthouses on the North Fork. In addition to enjoying a few hours on the water, spend the day at Orient Point County Park where families can bike, hike, fish, and participate in various other outdoor activities. 

Orient Point County Park
41425 NY-25, Orient, NY 11957
Parking: Free
Hours: 6a – 8p


Race Rock Lighthouse

Race Rock Lighthouse is situated within what is known as the Race – where the currents of the Long Island Sound meet those of the Block Island Sound. Tours of the lighthouse interior are not offered, but the structure can be seen from a boat or Cross Sound Ferry. Visitors can spend the day on the water, enjoying activities such as birdwatching and a picnic at sea.


**Travel tip:  Latimer Reef Lighthouse, Little Gull Island Lighthouse, North Dumpling Lighthouse, Plum Island Lighthouse and Race Rock Lighthouse can all be seen via the Cross Sound Ferry.

Cross Sound Ferry 
41270 Main Rd, Orient, NY 11957
Ferry Parking: Free
Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise
$33 Adult | $16.50 Child (ages 2-11) | Under 2 Free