Few Long Island landmarks are more iconic than the Montauk Lighthouse, a shining beacon on the coast since 1796 and one of the most beautiful and storied spots in all of New York. The Montauk Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in America, and a National Historic landmark first commissioned by George Washington, with fantastic, panoramic ocean views of the Long Island Sound that are truly one of a kind. And Lighthouse Weekend is the perfect time to celebrate its rich and storied history with a day of family fun.
There’s plenty to do and see here. Children go absolutely crazy for the Kings of the Coast Pirates - swashbucklers in full buccaneer regalia who take your kids on a wild coastal adventure (while covertly teaching them about history.) There will be a reenactment by the 3rd Regiment of 1776 Militia, who fought during the time the lighthouse was built. Kids will appreciate their video games that much more when they see a full display of colonial toys, while adults can enjoy an exhibit of historic pottery and learn leather working from local craftsmen. Looking to make a full day of it? The Lighthouse is located next to Montauk Point State Park, where you can swim, fish, and enjoy a scenic picnic along the water.
Lighthouse Weekend takes place at Montauk Lighthouse on August 17th and 18th all day; Kings of the Coast Pirate shows will run at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for kids. Parking is available for $8 at Montauk State Park, with park admission included in the parking price.