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Old Harbor Lifesaving Station
Ranked #19 of 73 things to do in Provincetown
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Owner description: Early Coast Guard sea rescue station and museum of rescue techniques, artifacts and history.
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We take all of our out of town guests here as it really tells the story of the lower and outer Cape's seafaring history. It also allows you to see the beauty of Cape Cod. Not to be missed!

Thank dlrboston
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

Brought friends from Oklahoma to the station because we were able to go inside and have a guided tour. After photographing the building many times from the outside it was a real joy to photograph the restored inside. The volunteer guides are fabulous. Worth the visit if you are interested in Cape Cod's nautical history and life in Provincetown in the late 18th and early 19th century. And it's free! Stop at the visitors center (which is also interesting) first for the schedule.

Thank Nancy011351
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

The lifesaving station was open for tours. There are lifesaving boats and other equipment and all the rooms are furnished. You can climb to all but the highest part of the lookout tower. It was an enjoyable half an hour or so.

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

We enjoyed visiting this well maintained historic site within the National Seashore. The hours it's open to walk through are limited in the fall but it was worth coordinating to get a sneak peak into the history behind the U.S. Lifesaving Service. The artifacts are well maintained and combined with a visit to the Visitor's Center, easy to understand their past and relevance. The only downside, the volunteers working didn't even acknowledge our presence or ask if we had any questions. Aside from that, it was great!

Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Great artifacts and guided tour explanation of life in the U.S. Life-Saving Service before that morphed into the U.S. Coast Guard. The training and dedication these guys put in more than 100 years ago to save shipwreck victims was amazing. Watching the 6 PM Thursday-evening demonstrations of the Lyle Gun and beeches buoy rescue method is a particularly good time to go!

Thank CaseyfromBoston
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