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“Hike over the breaker wall and be at the very end of MA - where the PILGRIMS first landed!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wood End Lighthouse

Ranked #24 of 71 things to do in Provincetown
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“Hike over the breaker wall and be at the very end of MA - where the PILGRIMS first landed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2011

Wood End Lighthouse if the furthermost light house on the tip of Cape Cod at the entrance to the Provincetown Harbor.
This is the locale where the PILGRIM's REALLY FIRST LANDED on our shores!

It is accessible by rental boat, kayak, or a hike over the breaker wall at the far west end of Commercial Street.

It's a fairly strenuous walk over the breaker wall, as the huge granite blocks are just piled in a random fashion, and are not at all level, so expect ups and downs on hard stone for quite a distance, but well worth it for a chance to explore the very outer reaches of Cape Cod. The walk across the breakers itself can take up to an hour one way depending on your eagerness and fortitude.

Definitely use sunscreen and bring a hat because you will be in the wide open, with sun reflecting off the water and have lots of exposure.

Water bottle is a must if you plan to complete the walk across and some snacks or lunch. Some people only venture part way out.

When you reach the end of the breaker wall you can hike across the dunes to the ocean side or continue along the beach to the light house, or just sit and relax on the beach - another hour or two.
There are a few remnants of an ancient fort on the dunes but time has taken it's toll, and you may not see much of the foundation that is left. Occasionally harbor seals are seen within the harbor area near this beach.

Kids may find sand dollars, and abundance of periwinkle shells and the like.
At low tide, you can walk along the wall and find many starfish attached to the lower tidal stones, and the usual hermit crabs and other critters in the pools.

Once the tide turns and begins coming in, its a good idea to get the kids back out and onto either the beach or the wall again as there is a good current as the tide rises.

Not so great if you have little ones or babies in snugli's or are old enough to have bad knees!

Parking at the end of Commercial Street at the 'circle' or beginning of the breaker wall is fairly limited. There is a pay lot in the West End of Commercial as well as some on street meters that are not too far. Plenty of people bike to the start point.

Plan to spend 2- 3 hrs if you undertake the whole walk. Maybe longer if you explore the area - dunes, beach, tidal pools etc.

No bathrooms facilities! No food or drinks either except what you bring along.

Visited August 2011
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