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“Enjoyable History”

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 20 September 2017

This is a vintage lifesaving station with 3 floors. The first has the kitchen area, some office area and two life boats. The second floor is mostly bunk rooms and the third is the observation floor. Absolutely filled with period furniture, wood stoves, period appliances and pictures of stranded vessels.
Touring the building does not take long. A board walkway takes you there from the
parking lot / changing room/ restroom area.
Excellent glimpse of the old days.

Thank Jodnay
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

We took the tour here to view the displays of life-saving boats and equipment. The station is open to walk through and there are three floors with officer and enlisted mens' quarters. There are scheduled demonstrations on the use of the breeches buoy.

Thank aablodgett
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

While at Salt Pond visitor center the woman at the desk (seasoned volunteer) made a few suggestions of things to see all along the seashore. She was particularly fond of the Lifesaving Station and we finished up our day by visiting. It is a short walk up from the Race Point parking area. The (volunteer) docent was very knowledgeable and walking around the building - upstairs as well as down was an eye opener - thinking about the men who staffed the station and went out in harm's way to perform rescue missions. The bunks and lockers upstairs and the two boats downstairs feel authentic. Totally worth a visit. It does have limited visitation hours so check before going.

Thank FancyNancyBoston
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

Worth the bike trip or get there by car. Seeing the lifesaving station lets you feel back in time where people took great risks to help save mariners from drowning.

Thank reisenelisa1
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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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