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Celebrate National Lighthouse Day with Kids

By NJ Kids Staff on July 23, 2018

Discover New Jersey's Lighthouses


Did you know that August 7th is National Lighthouse Day? Congress first designated this day back on August 7th, 1989. Lighthouses protect our coasts and guide sailors & sea mariners. Various New Jersey lighthouses listed below have free or special events this summer. Great for kids, cool experience for the whole family!

Absecon Lighthouse

31 S. Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ, 609-449-1360
Recently restored, climb 228 steps of this 150 year old lighthouse. Tallest in New Jersey at 171 feet high with great views of the Atlantic City skyline. Also visit Replica Lightkeepers dwelling, educational museum, and gift shop. Open year round. Wacky Weds till Aug 15th, 11AM-3PM: for kids 12 & under - free arts & crafts, movies.

Barnegat Lighthouse

Long Beach Island in Ocean County, NJ, 609-494-2016
Get energized! Climb 217 steps to the light keepers catwalk. Lantern light is visible for 22 nautical miles. On top, see spectacular views of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, Long Beach Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Learn lighthouse and maritime history next door at Interpretive Center. Surrounding park area offers fishing, nature trails, bird watching, and picnicking.

Cape May Lighthouse

215 Lighthouse Ave, Cape May Point State Park, NJ, 609-884-5404
Try climbing 199 steps to the top of this 1859 lighthouse. Scenic views of the Jersey Cape and Delaware Bay. Visitors Orientation Center and Museum Shop. Family Fun Weds through Aug - kid friendly activities, performers, and entertainment.

East Point Lighthouse

10 Lighthouse Road, Heislerville, NJ 856-785-0349
Originally built in 1849. In 2017, lighthouse was fully restored inside and outside, including new lantern. Open every weekend in the summer.

Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse

197 Lighthouse Rd, Pennsville, NJ, 609-463-0994
Open for climbing on select Sundays from 1PM-4PM. FREE to climb and must be 13 years and older. Located at the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Views of the Delaware River and refuge center.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

111 North Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ, 609-600-1561
FREE admission. Working lighthouse and museum. Learn history of Hereford and life of lighthouse keeper. Explore surrounding Victorian Style Park and Gardens.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

128 South Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ, 732-872-5970
Still in use today, this 250 year old lighthouse is designated a National Historical Landmark. Tours offered 1PM-4:30PM. Must be 48 inches tall to climb. Lighthouse Keepers Quarters and Visitors Center located next door to lighthouse.

Sea Girt Lighthouse

Ocean Avenue and Beacon Blvd, Sea Girt, NJ, 732-974-0514
FREE tours conducted on Sundays. Donations appreciated. Guided tour of all rooms of keepers quarters and up to the lantern at top of the tower.

Tucker’s Beach Lighthouse

120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ, 609-296-8868
Reproduction of lighthouse that was once located on Tucker’s Island and fell into the ocean in 1927. This replica lighthouse is located at Tuckerton Seaport. Climb 42 steps to the top of the tower for views of the Seaport and Lake Pohatcong.

Twin Lights Lighthouse

Lighthouse Road, Highlands, NJ, 732-872-1814
FREE to climb to top. Donations appreciated. Operates Weds-Sundays. 200 feet above sea level, the current lighthouse with 2 towers overlooks the coastal waters of NJ. The South Tower is unlit and The North Tower is lit by a 500 watt bulb. New Exhibit at The Twin Lights Museum - Seeing Stars: Every Flag Tells a Story.

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By NJ Kids Staff| July 23, 2018
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