New Jersey Lighthouses

Our most recent trip to the shores of New Jersey was August 10-14, 2006.  We were able to view eight of the state's lighthouses and climb several of them.

Absecon Lighthouse

The Absecon Lighthouse is located in downtown Atlantic City.  You can drive right to it and park virtually in its shadow.   Clockwise from above left: the light and keeper's house/gift shop as viewed from the south; looking south from the top; another view of the city; a gorgeous picture of Paul, Gail, Marcia and David ... too bad the guide didn't take the sun into account when he took our picture; the card you receive after you reach the top ... the back of this one indicates that there are 228 steps and we made the climb on 8/12/06; the sign out front; and looking north.

Barnegat Lighthouse

The Barnegat Lighthouse is located on the northern end of Long Beach Island in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.  There is a large parking lot and gift center there.  It is a short walk to the light and you can go to the top.

Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May Lighthouse is located on the southern tip of New Jersey.  Unfortunately, the traffic was so bad on the day we were touring that we got there at dusk, just as they were closing.  We weren't able to get in to climb it.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and Gardens

The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is in North Wildwood, NJ.  The gift shop and light were closed when we were there.  The grounds are a collection of well maintained gardens that you are able to stroll through, even when the light is closed.

Twin Lights at Navesink

Navesink is located in Highlands, in northeast New Jersey overlooking New York Bay.  The construction of the building makes it look like a castle.  You are able to climb one of the towers.  The first two pictures are taken from across the bay.  The shot above and the last two are taken from the top of the tower.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is located in a former military base in the Sandy Hook National Seashore just across the bay from New York City.  You can see the skyline of Manhattan easily from here.  The lighthouse was closed both times we were there so we didn't get any pictures of the city. 

Sea Girt Lighthouse

The Sea Girt Lighthouse is located in Sea Girt, NJ.  As the sign says, it is only open from 2 until 4 on Sundays and we weren't there on a Sunday.  You are able to walk right up to it and take pictures.  In addition to the limited times for tours, parking is also an issue.  The lighthouse is downtown in a bustling little community.  We were lucky in driving up while someone was leaving their parking place within two blocks from the building.

Tucker Island Lighthouse

The Tucker Island Lighthouse is in on Route 9 in Tuckerton.  There is a museum/gift shop and the light is available for climbing.


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