One of my family’s favorite things to do is explore the history of New Jersey. You definitely can not touch on the historical elements of our beautiful state without visiting some of the Lighthouses. Most of the lighthouses include a museum area that shows pictures and documents from when the structure was built. Each lighthouse has a different amount of steps for families to climb and breath-taking views to take in.
Here are New Jersey’s Top Lighthouses to Visit with Kids:
1. Absecon Lighthouse
Travel to Atlantic city to visit New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse. At 171 feet, the lighthouse is the third tallest in the country. Visitors are welcome to climb the 228 steps and view the Atlantic City skyline at a breath taking height. Families can enjoy the historic museum and gift shop while visiting.
31 S. Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
For more information, please call 609-449-1360
2. Barnegat Lighthouse
Originally lit in 1859, the Barnegat Lighthouse allows visitors a panoramic view of Island Beach and Long Beach Island! Not only can you enjoy the historic lighthouse, The State Park boasts picnic tables, fishing, nature observation and trails. With 217 steps, the Lighthouse has cameras inside so small children and families who may not make it to the top can still see the same views.
208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
For more information, please call 609-494-2016
3. Cape May Lighthouse
At the southern most tip of New Jersey sits the Cape May Lighthouse. The third structure built, the Lighthouse stands at 157 feet high and has 217 steps leading to the top. There is a museum shop at the bottom of the Lighthouse for those who do not feel comfortable climbing to the top.
215 Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204
For more information, please call 609-884-5404
4. East Point Lighthouse
Formally known as the Maurice River Lighthouse, the East Point Lighthouse was built in 1849 and lit for the first time in 1911. Overlooking the Delaware Bay is the beautiful Lighthouse set alone from any developed land. Families are welcome to look around inside and visit the gift shop.
10 Lighthouse & E. Point Rds., Heislerville, NJ 08324
For more information, please call 856-785-9927
5. Finns Point Range Light
Located in Pennsville, the Finns Point Range Lighthouse stands at 94 feet and was built in 1876. The light was deactivated in 1950 and there are 130 steps to the top. Although the structure was deemed unsafe and raised higher, locals love to see the spectacular and historical Lighthouse.
Old Fort Mott Rd, Pennsville, NJ 08070
For more information, call 856-935-3218
6. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
Sitting on the Hereford Inlet is a magnificent lighthouse surrounded by several different gardens and an abundance of history. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was first used in the 17th century and does not look like your ‘typical’ lighthouse. The light can still be seen each night, as it gets dark, and is still a working navigational aid for ships and sailors.
111 North Central Avenue, North Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
For more information, please call 609-522-4520
7. Navesink Twin Lights
Welcome to the Twin Lights! Found by the water in Monmouth County, the Twin Lights is a sight for anyone to see. Visitors can enjoy the newly opened Seeing Stars museum which follows America’s flags from their creation to present time. The two lighthouses separated by a few hundred feet can be seen and visited by families all over.
Lighthouse Road, Highlands, NJ 07732
For more information, please call 732-872-1814
8. Sea Girt Lighthouse
The Sea Girt Lighthouse was originally built in 1896 halfway between the Navesink Lighthouse and the Barnegat Lighthouse. Today, every Sunday through the end of November, tours are given from 2-4 p.m. by guides. The lighthouse stands 60 feet above the water and there are 42 steps from the bottom just to the lantern room.
9 Ocean Ave., Sea Girt, NJ 08750
For more information, please call 732-974-0514
9. Tinicum Lighthouse
Unlike the ‘normal’ lighthouse, the Tinicum Lighthouse is a steel structure that stands 85 feet tall! With 112 steps to the top, families can see a beautiful view of the Delaware River. Visitors are welcome to visit the lighthouse every third Sunday of the month from April to October.
Second Street and Mantua Avenue, Paulsboro, NJ
For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Sandy Hook Lighthouse
The 250-year-old Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. It stands tall just one mile from the tip of Sandy Hook in the National Gateway Recreation Area. Lighthouse tours are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rangers are always available to answer questions in the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters and Visitor’s Center.
85 Mercer Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732
For more information, call (732) 872-5970