Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City

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#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in Jersey Shore
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 and up top you'll come face-to-face with the original first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857.

The lighthouse's recent multi-million dollar restoration also includes a stunning replica of the Lightkeeper's dwelling, an educational museum, charming gift shop, Fresnel Lens exhibit in the original Oil House and expansive grounds.



Admission to climb the lighthouse tower is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors (65+), $4.00 for children (4-12.)

ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY CLIMB FREE EVERY DAY.
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  • We toured the Absecon Lighthouse on a foggy day. We didn’t see much of a view. The Lighthouse is beautiful. Buddy will meet you at the top. Buddy is 92. He climbs the 15 stories, five landings, every ...  more »
  • AC Icon. We got winded a couple of times but made it to the top. Unique experience. 7 landings to rest along the way.  more »
  • Nothing to do here but drive by, but worth a look as it used to serve an important purpose. The surrounding area is tracks of land where housing used to be, which is worth a look also.  more »
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  • Historic lighthouse, one of a few remnants of Atlantic City's early success as a commercial city. It's great that it was spared of demolition after it was abandoned and despite the threat of further commercialization with the arrival of the big casino names in the city. Stop by if you have an hour to spare and learn about its interesting history, as told by the equally interesting docent stationed at the top of the lighthouse. Oh and the view from up there is pretty amazing too! There is a small admission fee, to be paid at the ground level, where there's also a small gift shop and exhibits with old photos of the lighthouse.
  • This was a interesting piece of history in Atlantic city. It was great the you could still climb the steps to the top. It is kind of tight and winding staircase. Its 228 steps to the top; but there are landings along the way that you could stop and rest. The stairs aren't solid-you can look through the bottom and sides of them...I know this bothers some people. But there's a small museum which is original to tour and the staff is great! Worth going if you like history and lighthouses....
  • This was a nice break from the bustle of the boardwalk and a great little day walk from any of the hotels on the boardwalk. The views are great and the history of the lighthouse is fascinating. The all volunteer staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. The climb is not as hard as one might think and there are landings along the way to take breaks and look out the windows. There is a nice gift shop and the grounds are immaculately kept and primed for exploring. Overall this was a nice escape from the busy casinos and boardwalk hustle.
  • beautiful and well maintained. The only complaint I have is that I wish they opened earlier. We were there and had to wait quite a while because of their hours.
  • I lived right across from here and got to wake up to this beautiful lighthouse every morning.. definitely a stop to make if you are visiting Atlantic City
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