If you’ve come to Chautauqua, NY, chances are you are a fan of learning. What better place to explore the history of one of the most impressive attractions in the area than at Dunkirk Lighthouse in NY? First established in 1827, this lighthouse has almost 200 years of history surrounding it. Experience it for yourself when you stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa!
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The History of the Dunkirk Lighthouse in NY
The Dunkirk Lighthouse is about 40 minutes from The Spencer Hotel & Spa. While the original tower was established in 1827, it has since been replaced by an updated tower, which was opened in 1875. In 1960, the lighthouse became automated, and it is still in operation today! The lighthouse has a unique appearance, as it is a square-shaped tower, rather than the classic cylinder. The original lens, which was installed in 1857, is still used. It’s a third-order Fresnel lens and was created in France for $10,000.
Visit the Lighthouse
The Lighthouse is open all seven days a week. From May to June and from September to October, it’s in operation from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. From July to August, it’s open until 4:00 p.m. Admission is just $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and veterans. Families, which includes two adults and up to three children (from four to 10 years old) can purchase a group ticket for just $25.
Lighthouse staff members serve as your tour guide. You’ll first climb the lighthouse’s spiral staircase to the upper observation level. You’ll be able to see what the lighthouse sees as it shines its light on the water. You’ll also walk through the restored lighthouse keeper’s home, which dates back to the 1800s. Then, you will get to look through the on-site museum, which features displays about the nautical history of Lake Erie as well as the history of U.S. veterans in the area. Finally, you’ll receive a thorough tour of the lighthouse grounds.
Attend the Dunkirk Lighthouse Festival Weekend
In mid-August, the Dunkirk Lighthouse hosts a popular festival weekend. Over two days, you’ll get to experience live music, war reenactors, a national dance championship, crafters, an auction, a demonstration of Ham Radio Operators, and plenty of delicious food, beer, and wine. Admission is just $5 so book your room at The Spencer Hotel & Spa today to attend!
Stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa
After a day of exploring the Dunkirk Lighthouse in NY, return to The Spencer Hotel & Spa for a night of rest and relaxation. Consider booking one of the many spa services available. From tension-melting massages to luxurious manicures, you’ll look and feel your best after a visit! We also feature Gentlemen’s Facials, because everyone needs pampering.
Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.