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New Jersey is home to 11 lighthouses of which all are scattered in and around inlets and shore areas. These historical lighthouses are fun to to visit while learning about how they have helped mariners over the years past to sail in and around the Atlantic intracoastal waterways.

Southern NJ 

Cape May Lighthouse Cape May, NJCape May Lighthouse
215 Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point, NJ

The present tower, which is the third documented lighthouse at the southern tip of New Jersey, has always been an attention-getting landmark as well as an aid-to-navigation for mariners. Because it is adjacent to the community of Cape May Point and just two miles from the city of Cape May, it has drawn visitors throughout its history. Located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township.  Built in 1859.

Nearly 100 thousand visitors a year now experience a visit to the top of the lighthouse, participating in a century old rite of a visit to the Jersey Shore.

One of the nicest lighthouses in New Jersey!

Southern NJ 

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse North Wildwood NJHereford Inlet Lighthouse
111 North Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ
Historic and picturesque Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, a beacon of safety and assurance to the 19th century mariners, has become a cherished landmark for residents and visitors of this seashore resort community.

The Lighthouse is situated on the south side of the Hereford Inlet, which leads from the Atlantic Ocean to the famed Intra-Coastal Waterway linking Maine to Florida. First used by the 17th century whalers to haul in and butcher their catches, the Inlet뭩 use as a haven to mariners greatly increased as travel and shipping along the coast became more prevalent.

A place worth checking out! 

Central NJ 

Sea Girt Lighthouse Sea Girt NJSea Girt Lighthouse
9 Ocean Ave., Sea Girt, NJ
It would be the last live-in lighthouse built in the United States.
In September of 1934, this unique two-story, brick lighthouse with its flashing red light, gave aid to the passengers and crew of a luxury ocean liner who had abandoned ship when fire had engulfed the ship.  Later, during World War II, the lighthouse was used as headquarters for the Coast Guard's beach patrols on the lookout for German U-boats.

With the many contributions of period furnishings, paintings, historic maps, local photographs, and lighthouse memorabilia, the Sea Girt Lighthouse has become almost a museum.

Girt Lighthouse is open April through November on Sundays between 2 and 4 p.m.

Cool piece of history!

Southern NJ 

Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse Paulsboro NJTinicum Rear Range Lighthouse
Mantua Avenue & 2nd St, Paulsboro, NJ


The Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse began operation on the evening of December 31, 1880.  The lighthouse is a steel skeletal structure standing 85 feet tall.

The historic Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse is located at Second Street and Mantua Ave in Paulsboro, New Jersey, along the shores of the Delaware River. It also has regular tours the third full weekend of each month April through October.  Special tours are available with advance notice.  The lighthouse is also available for weddings and other special occasions.

You can take a nice tour!

Southern NJ 

Absecon Lighthouse Atlantic City NJAbsecon Lighthouse
31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City, NJ
New Jersey's tallest lighthouse awaits you in Atlantic City. Take an amazing journey into time and above it all as you ascend the 228 steps of the Absecon Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. You'll see breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline.

It is also open to the public to climb.Group tours include a guided tour of the grounds, museum and a climb to the top of the tower.  The rate for 10 or more is Adults $5, and children 4-12 are $3.50.


The tallest lighthouse in NJ!

Southern NJ 

East Point Lighthouse HeislervilleEast Point Lighthouse
Where the Maurice River meets the Delaware Bay, southwest of Heislerville
Although numerous lighthouses once stood along the edge of the Delaware Bay, East Point is the last one remaining on the Jersey side. In fact, it is the second oldest lighthouse standing in New Jersey (only the Sandy Hook Lighthouse of 1764 is older). The lantern room offers a panoramic view of the surrounding land and water and is a favorite subject of photographers and painters alike. Throughout the years its guiding light has shown fisherman, oystermen, and recreational boaters the way into the mouth of the Maurice River.

It is under restoration by the Maurice River Historical Society.

This had some history!

Southern NJ 

Barnegat Lighthouse Long Beach Island NJBarnegat Lighthouse
West 17th Street, Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, NJ
With only one very economical exception, the park is free. You do have to pay a $1 admission to climb the lighthouse during the summer (from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). Children under 12 are always allowed to visit for free but they must be accompanied by an adult.

There are 217 steps that lead to the light. From there you can see a long ways on a clear day. If you are familiar with this area of the Jersey shore and have never seen the area from up high, the view from the lighthouse will be even more special. In all areas of the lighthouse you will find interpretive signs that discuss the history and role of lighthouses, in addition to specific details about the Barnegat Lighthouse itself.

The lighthouse is open (weather permitting) every day from April 1 through October 31, 9 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. From April 1 through October 31 it is open from 9 AM to 3:30 PM, Wednesday through Sunday.

There is a long list of folks that should not climb the lighthouse. Be sure you are Ok with the strenuous nature of the climb. If you cannot or do not want to walk to the top you can still see the view from cameras.

It's a great place to visit!

Central NJ 

Twin Lights Highlands NJNavesink Lightstation/Twin Lights
Lighthouse Rd., Highlands, NJ
Twin Lights is situated 200 feet above sea level in Highlands, New Jersey. It overlooks the Shrewsbury River, Sandy Hook, Raritan Bay, New York skyline and the Atlantic Ocean. Twin Lights has been used as an aid to navigation over the coastal waters of NJ since 1828.Group tours of the buildings can be arranged with advanced reservation.visitors can tour the lighthouse, climb the North Tower for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, visit the exhibit gallery, and see the 9 foot bivalve lens on display in the generator building. Twin Lights no longer guides ships into New York Harbor, but it stands as a formidable reminder of the important role lighthouses played in the maritime history of this state and country.


Pretty important one!

Southern NJ 

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Highlands NJSandy Hook Lighthouse
26 Lawson Ln, Highlands, NJ
The tall, white lighthouse at Sandy Hook is the oldest standing light tower in the United States.The tall lighthouse on the low-lying sandy spit was easily seen by mariners, but being the only structure of any height for several miles, it apparently was also susceptible to lightning strikes.
In its bicentennial year, Sandy Hook Light was designated a National Historic Landmark, and a commemorative plaque was mounted on the tower as part of a celebration held at the site. Ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the National Park Service in 1996.
Originally standing 500 feet from the tip of the hook, Sandy Hook Lighthouse is now over a mile and a half away.

Sandy Hook looks like a fun place to go!

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Lighthouses in New Jersey

These cool structures are often national historic landmarks and are a great place to take the kids for a history lesson as well as a cool place to explore. Step back in time when you climb the stairs to these beacons. If you like these you're sure to enjoy our list of lighthouses in NY and historic lighthouses in PA.

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