Frequently Asked Questions
How many steps to the top?
There are 69 steps to the top of the Highland Light, roughly equal to climbing a five-story building. The circular metal stairs are narrow and steep. There are two ladders near the top of the climb to access the Lantern Room. Groups going up may share the stairs with groups returning to the bottom.
NOTE: The climb to the top is strenuous. Visitors with heart, respiratory, or other medical conditions—or those who have trouble climbing stairs and ladders—should probably not attempt the climb. It may be hot, humid, noisy and dim inside the lighthouse.
How long are tours?
The average tour time, which includes the climb and time at the top, is 20 minutes. This allows plenty of time to make the climb, take in the spectacular views, and descend.
How many people are permitted on each tour?
Due to space limitations at the top of the light, along with the narrow staircase, tour group sizes are kept to a maximum of 10-12 people.
Are there any restrictions for climbers?
In order to ensure the safety of all, visitors must be 48" to partake in the light climb.
Is there beach access at Highland Light?
The landscape along this stretch of Cape Cod National Seashore prevents access to the beach. A steep cliff stands between the lighthouse and ocean. The observation deck provides spectacular views of the ocean and beach below. We highly recommend a walk to the deck for some of the most beautiful views of the Cape.
Are there restrooms at the lighthouse?
No. Restroom facilities are located nearby at the Highland House Museum.
Can I bring my pet to Highland Lighthouse?
Pets are allowed on the property, but must adhere to Cape Cod National Seashore's Pet Policy: Pets must be on a 6' leash at all times, and are not permitted inside the lighthouse, museum, or Keeper's Shop. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet. Visitors that do not adhere to the park's pet policy may be subject to a fine. Click here for more details.
Does the lighthouse ever close?
The lighthouse may close at any time if weather conditions (i.e. lightening) are determined to be unsafe.