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Barcelona Lighthouse

Hwy 5, Chautauqua, NY
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Amazing. Serene. Relaxing. Wow!! The water behind this beauty is so blue! I feel like this would be... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
Rebecca M
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Beautiful lighthouse!

Its a roadside attraction for sure. Its beautiful and interesting and a very well made and... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2016
Caitlin C
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The First Natural Gas Lighthouse. Finished in 1829, the 40-foot tall Barcelona Lighthouse (Portland Harbor) was the very first natural gas lighthouse in the country. It was in Federal Lighthouse Service until 1859. At that time it became privately held through various owners until 2008, when New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation acquired it. Though it no longer has the original lens, nor is used for navigational purposes, it is still lit and visible today through an agreement with the Town of Westfield. The lighthouse is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places. The Keeper's cottage is open in a joint partnership with the Town of Westfield Visitor Center and a seasonal weekend docent with NYS Parks. The lighthouse itself is not open to public ascent due to structural issues at this time.
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Hwy 5, Chautauqua, NY
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Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Amazing. Serene. Relaxing. Wow!! The water behind this beauty is so blue! I feel like this would be a perfect place to curl up and read a book!

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Its a roadside attraction for sure. Its beautiful and interesting and a very well made and interesting lighthouse. Its easy to get to right off route 5. I love to see it every time I visit Westfield.

Thank Caitlin C
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Lighthouse is right on highway 5. Quick turn into the boat ramp facility and it is an easy walk to the light. Nice grounds and a pleasant view.

Thank Billy W
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I love this section of Route 5 from North East Pa to Dunkirk NY it's a nice easy relaxing drive along the Lake Erie Shoreline. While driving you will come to Barcelona Harbor where you can pull in and check out the harbor overlooking the...More

2  Thank Charlene C
Reviewed 16 September 2016

We stayed right across the street from this little light house unfortunately it wasn't; open to go in but beautiful to look at.

Thank Eileen M
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

You can't actually go up into the lighthouse, but the local chamber of Commerce is set up in the light keepers house. The lady working the day we stopped in was very friendly and helpful and gave us many useful pointers for things to do...More

Thank Bud16057
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The history of this lighthouse is remarkable, as the lighthouse was never actually used! It is not open to the public, but you are welcome to stroll the grounds and even have a picnic there (picnic tables overlook the lake). The Chamber of Commerce is...More

Thank Christine G
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

A must for light house lovers. It's best viewed from a distance. Was surprised my 6 and 8 year old granddaughters liked it.

Thank Joyce P
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

The Barcelona Lighthouse is best appreciated from a distance at the harbor park & pier. The lighthouse is now the chamber of commerce visitor center. There is plenty of parking on the pier with picnic tables, restroom facilities (summer), and tourist info (summer) onsite. The...More

Thank William L
Reviewed 22 June 2016

My friend and I were on the final leg of our two day road trip when we spotted this small lighthouse. We decided to stop and check it out. It turned out that the new Visitors Center had just opened, but the lighthouse was not...More

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