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Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City

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The Absecon Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located in the north end of Atlantic City, New Jersey, overlooking Absecon Inlet. At it is the tallest lighthouse in the state of New Jersey and is the third-tallest masonry lighthouse in the United States. Construction began in 1854, with the light first lit on January 15, 1857. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1933 and although the light still shines every night, it is no longer an active navigational aid. The lighthouse is open to public visitation and for a small donation one may climb to the watch room and external gallery. A re-creation of the keepers' quarters was opened in 2002 and serves as a museum and gift shop. The original oil house now contains a Fresnel lens exhibit. Along with school and group tours, the Absecon Lighthouse also offers an overnight program for Scouts, winter arts program for children and a wide variety of special events throughout the year.It was designed by George Meade and still retains its original first-order fixed Fresnel lens. The lens is made of lead glass and weighs As the light was fixed (non-flashing), it does not have a landward segment allowing visitors to look up in the lens where the keepers entered it for maintenance.Jack E. Boucher conceived and oversaw the preservation of the lighthouse in 1964.The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic American Buildings Survey, and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.
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  • I've never been to a lighthouse before and really enjoyed the opportunity to experience this one. My family climbed to the top, not an easy feat, and really enjoyed the experience.  more »
  • I have previously visited two lighthouses in Cape May and loved them. Having been to Atlantic City many many times, I wasn't even aware of this lighthouse off of the boardwalk. The design is similar t...  more »
  • Not much to see here. It is free; but there is a cost to climb the stairs (which we didn't do). They have a camera at the top that shows the view on a big screen TV in the lobby. It was extremely fogg...  more »
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  • Well kept, very friendly staff. I loved e everything about​ this. Awesome views from the top, which has a 360 caged deck to look from.
  • I got to know the significance and history of the lighthouse. Definitely the staff was very knowledgeable. I think it is worthy to spend about an hour looking at the ocean and the city.
  • Not a lot to look at they change 18 dollars a person the climb to the top. Just doesn't seem worth it. The building and lighthouse them selves are well maintained
  • We enjoyed the challenge, the exercise and the view! Bayard & Buddy were both delightful fellas who met us at the top.
  • History is preserved in this lighthouse where you can take 228 stairs to the top, get a close look at the Fresnell lens, and even walk around outside at the top. The volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly.