11 NJ Lighthouses to Visit With the Kids

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From the Sandy Hook Lighthouse to the north, Cape May Lighthouse down south, and Finns Point Range Lighthouse to the west—New Jersey Lighthouses are scattered throughout the state and give a peek into our state’s seafaring history. They are worth visiting for the fun climb to the top and museum area, where you can learn about the lighthouse’s history through pictures and documents. What’s more, kids can get some energy out as they ramble up the stairwells to the top to see the amazing views. And even though some are still closed due to COVID-19, many New Jersey Lighthouses are still worth the drive to see the beautiful surroundings. Scroll down to discover more about these unique structures.

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New Jersey Lighthouses to Visit with Kids

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The Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest New Jersey Lighthouse, and it’s actually the third tallest in the whole county via @littlekidbigcity_

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 breathtaking height. Families can enjoy the historic museum and gift shop while visiting. The Keeper’s Cottage and Tower are currently open, hand sanitizing stations are available, and masks are still required indoors. Learn even more about this lighthouse in our Best of the Absecon Lighthouse feature.
31 S. Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
For more information, please call 609-449-1360

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, but the park also boasts picnic tables, fishing, nature observation, and trails. With 217 steps, it’s steep, but the Lighthouse has cameras inside so that small children and families who may not make it to the top can still see the same views. The Interpretative Center and Lighthouse are currently closed, but the views are still worth the trip.
208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
For more information, please call 609-494-2016

New Jersey lighthouses

This New Jersey Lighthouse is at the bottom of the state but the top of our must-see list via @glenndavis_nj

Cape May Lighthouse
At the southernmost 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 Lighthouse’s bottom if you don’t feel comfortable climbing to the top. This New Jersey Lighthouse will be opening on March 26, 2021.
215 Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204
For more information, please call 609-884-5404

New Jersey Lighthouses

If you want to see one of the oldest New Jersey lighthouses in the state, head to Sandy Hook via @kat_lch

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. The park area surrounding the Sandy Hook Lighthouse is open, but the lighthouse is closed until further notice.
85 Mercer Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732
For more information, call (732) 872-5970

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. The lighthouse is no longer open to the public, but the surrounding grounds boast some spectacular views.
10 Lighthouse & E. Point Rds., Heislerville, NJ 08324
For more information, please call 856-785-9927

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 New Jersey Lighthouse.
Old Fort Mott Rd, Pennsville, NJ 08070
For more information, call 856-935-3218

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. Currently, this Lighthouse in NJ is open again.
111 North Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
For more information, please call 609-522-4520

New Jersey lighthouses

Not one, but two New Jersey Lighthouses to see at this stop via @nj_drone_shots

Navesink 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 the present time. The two lighthouses separated by a few hundred feet can be seen and visited by families all over. This New Jersey Lighthouse is currently open with precautions in place.
Lighthouse Road, Highlands, NJ 07732
For more information, please call 732-872-1814

Sea Girt Lighthouse
The Sea Girt Lighthouse was originally built in 1896, halfway between the Navesink Lighthouse and the Barnegat Lighthouse. The lighthouse stands 60 feet above the water, and there are 42 steps from the bottom just to the lantern room. The Sea Girt Lighthouse currently has tours of the main house, but the tower remains closed.
9 Ocean Ave., Sea Girt, NJ 08750
For more information, please call 732-974-0514

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. There are special events for climbing to the top, and if you can’t make it, a video tour is available of this NJ lighthouse on the website.
Second Street and Mantua Avenue, Paulsboro, NJ 08066
For more information, please e-mail info@tinicumrearrangelighthouse.org

Tucker’s Island Light
Even though this New Jersey Lighthouse’s original structure has been lost, you can find what it looked like at Tuckerton Seaport. One of the many buildings at the seaport is a re-creation of Tucker’s Island Lighthouse, located about six miles west of its original location. The Seaport is currently open, and they are working on getting the buildings open soon too.
120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
For more information, call (609) 296-8868

More New Jersey Lighthouses to check out

Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse
Elbow of Cross Ledge Lighthouse
Great Beds Lighthouse
Lightship Barnegat LV 79/WAL 506 Lighthouse
Romer Shoal Lighthouse
Conover Beacon Lighthouse
East Point Lighthouse
Lightship Winter Quarter LV 107/WAL 529 Lighthouse
Miah Maull Shoal Lighthouse
Ship John Shoal Lighthouse
Chapel Hill Rear Range Lighthouse
Robbins Reef Lighthouse

How many New Jersey Lighthouses have you visited? We would love to hear all about them in the comments below.

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About Author

Karen lives in South Jersey with her three dogs, husband and 4 year old daughter Olivia. Graduating from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations, she was a staff writer for the Setonian and a Public Affairs Intern at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. One of her proudest moments as a writer so far has been interviewing Tim Gunn from 'Project Runway' and subsequently winning Honorable Mention in NJ for Feature Writing. When she is not busy as a stay-at-home-mom she enjoys reading, going to the boardwalk in Ocean City and watching the Real Housewives. She is very excited for the opportunity to write for NJ Mom and share her love of being a mom and finding fun things to do with her family in New Jersey.

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