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The Absecon Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located in the north end of Atlantic City, New Jersey, overlooking Absecon Inlet. At 171 feet (52 m) it is the tallest lighthouse in the state of New Jersey and the third-tallest masonry lighthouse in the United States.Use our Atlantic City online tour planner to visit Absecon Lighthouse on your trip to Atlantic City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Construction on Absecon Lighthouse began in 1854, with the light first lit on January 15, 1857. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1933 and, although the light still shines every night, it is no longer an active navigational aid. The lighthouse is open to public visitation and, for a small donation, one may climb to the watch room and external gallery. A re-creation of the keepers' quarters was opened in 2002 and serves as a museum and gift shop. The original oil house now contains a Fresnel lens exhibit. Along with school and group tours, the Absecon Lighthouse offers an overnight program for Scouts, a winter arts program for children, and a wide variety of special events throughout the year.
The Absecon Lighthouse was designed by George Meade and still retains its original first-order fixed Fresnel lens. The lens is made of lead glass and weighs 12,800 pounds (5,800 kg) As the light was fixed (non-flashing), it does not have a landward segment allowing visitors to look up in the lens where the keepers entered it for maintenance.
Jack E. Boucher conceived and oversaw the preservation of the lighthouse in 1964.
The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic American Buildings Survey, and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.
Absecon Lighthouse reviews
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It is definitely worth the climb up to the top of the lighthouse. The worker up there was super friendly and knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The view is great and the history that..... more
It is definitely worth the climb up to the top of the lighthouse. The worker up there was super friendly and knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The view is great and the history that..... more »
I first visited this magnificent lighthouse about 6 years ago. I did the 228 step climb and got to first meet Buddy. My most recent visit was this past 4th of July weekend. This time after finishing my climb I met Bayard. Both gentlemen along with the gentlemen that works downstairs are absolutely wonderful. They have such great knowledge about the history of the lighthouse and are just a delight to talk to. I am shocked that both Bayard and Buddy (well into their 80s and 90s) can still do the climb several days a week. Once you get to the top you can have a nice view of the area (with a breeze). They have a small museum and a cute souvenir shop as soon as you walk in. The fee for the climb is $10 and they have free parking in the back. I highly recommend anyone who loves lighthouses like I do to definitely make a point to check this place out. Even though I already done the climb twice, I will definitely come back for a third time!
Came in and the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about the lighthouse. They have a little free museum on the bottom floor and then you have to pay to walk up to the top of the lighthouse. The walk up will definitely let you know what physical shape you are in. The view is pretty good and worth visiting
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