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