The fresh, coastal air awaits when you book your next family vacation at one of these charming lighthouses. From a private island in Maine to some beauties along the Northern California coast, these lighthouse rentals offer the perfect escape from the daily grind that your family is craving. Dream about the days of yore and enjoy some family time at an Airbnb vacation rental you won’t soon forget!

East Coast

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Stay in an Historic Lighthouse | Cape Cod, MA

For a true New England vacation with a killer view, you can have this entire historic lighthouse and its adjacent home all to yourself. Located at the tip of Wings Neck Point along the western coast of Cape Cod, the lighthouse was built in 1849 and completely renovated in 2003. Formerly a U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse, the light tower still stands next to the original three-bedroom keepers home. Kids will love climbing the whirling stairs and subsequent ladder to reach the glass top of the lighthouse, where they'll get a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean and the adjacent rocky shores. And, when just looking at the water isn't enough, there is a private sandy beach nearby where kids can swim in the gentle waves of the bay. 

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $850/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Cove Point Lighthouse Keeper's House | Lusby, MD

This property was established in 1828, making it the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Maryland and the fifth-oldest lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. This site has been lovingly restored so that it can be enjoyed by all. Proceeds from this beautiful rental site will support the CMM and a lighthouse endowment set up for its continued care.

Sleeps: 16
Cost: $401/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Wings Neck Lighthouse | Pocasset, MA

You'll have 360 degrees of views to enjoy at this lovely lighthouse on the East Coast. Formerly a US Coast Guard Lighthouse, the light tower still stands attached by a breezeway to a fully functional three bedroom keepers home. Guests can climb the mahogany spiral staircase and view the Atlantic from the lantern room, read about the history of the lighthouse and explore the rocky slopes around the property.

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $400/night
Online: airbnb.com 

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Rock Hall Lighthouse | Rock Hall, MD

Relax in this spacious rental that even has an elevator allowing easy access to all three floors. Three bedrooms allow you to spread out and the large kitchen is available for you to enjoy a meal. Walk to nearby restaurants or enjoy the marina life. 

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $325/night
Online: vrbo.com

The Keepers' House | Isle au Haut, ME

If you are looking for an off-the-grid adventure with your kid crew, head to Maine where you can stay at this gorgeous property that has four rooms and cottage for rent. This lighthouse station property is on the National Register of Historic Places and you'll find it peaceful and remote. Take the mail boat out of Stonington to Isle au Haut Town Landing where a van will pick you up and bring you to the property. 

Online: keepershouse.com

Great Lakes

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Eagle River Lighthouse | Eagle River, MI

Your whole family will love staying in this carefully-restored 1850's lighthouse. Stunning interior opens onto an amazing four season sunroom and wraparound deck with panoramic views of Lake Superior. Soak up lake breezes, curl up on oversized sofas, or enjoy meals in the gourmet kitchen. 

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $450/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Salmon River Lighthouse | Pulaski, NY

Built in 1838, the Selkirk Lighthouse still guards the Salmon River Harbor at its convergence with Lake Ontario, its beacon shining brightly today for fishing charters that call the marina home and for mariners and families enjoying a special stay in this historic structure. Stunning sunsets, a beautiful sandy beach directly across the river, and many area activities are available. 

Sleeps: 8
Cost: $319/night
Online: airbnb.com

West Coast & Alaska

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Head Keepers' House at Point Arena Lighthouse | Point Arena, CA

You'll love the serenity that comes with this rental on the Mendocino Coast. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom and a full kitchen with a living room to relax in, but the best is the property that surrounds it. You can walk up to the top of the lighthouse to see if you can spot any whales passing by or walk the coastal paths to take in the fresh air. Read all there is to do in Mendocino with kids here

Sleeps: 4
Cost: $304/night
Online: airbnb.com

photo: Kate Loweth

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse | Mendocino, CA

This gorgeous spot along the Mendocino Coastline is home to sunbathing seals, migrating whales and all the shorebirds you love. They recently renovated their assistant lighthouse keeper's house and two cottages that are available to rent. Sleeping up to six people, these residences provide easy access to the lighthouse and gorgeous coastline. 

Sleeps: 6 in the house and two in each cottage
Online: mendocinovacations.com/houses

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Pigeon Point Lighthouse | Pescadero, CA

This hostel recently converted its rooms to private rentals and they are perfect for families. There are three units available and each sleeps up to 10 people. You'll have your own kitchen and an outdoor dining area with gorgeous views of the California coast. Walk just north of the lighthouse and there are some easily-accessible tide pools—perfect for exploring. Swing by downtown Pescadero or Pie Ranch for some tasty grub. Read this story for more Pescadero must-stop spots

210 Pigeon Point Rd.
Pescadero, CA
Onlinehiusa.org

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The Light House Inn | Eureka, CA

This beautiful home has three bedrooms to rent, each with its own bathroom. The remainder of the property including the crow's nest, game room and jacuzzi are shared among the guests. Views of Humboldt Bay will be your favorite.

Sleeps: 8 
Cost: $200/night
Online: airbnb.com

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Sitka Lighthouse | Sitka, AK

With two bedrooms, the lighthouse sleeps about 6. The main level has a full kitchen, living room, dining room, and full bathroom—and outside decks that wrap around the entire property. The master bedroom is on the second floor with a queen bed, and the third floor has the second bedroom, outfitted with four bunks, and a half bath. The lighthouse has an outdoor hot tub that everyone will love. 

Sleeps: 6
Cost: $749/night
Online: airbnb.com

—Kate Loweth

Please note, prices listed were valid at the time of publication but rates can fluctuate at different times of the year.

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