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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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  • The area around it is not too hot but stay inside of the fencesand you will be safer than the streets there. 
  • This is a well supported lighthouse (pleasant change from about 10 years ago). We were greeted by an educational coordinator when we walked in and we all trekked up the tallest lighthouse in NJ (228 s...  more »
  • first floor is a great gift shop filled with great things to buy. you also can walk around and learn all about the lighthouse. great experience! 
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  • Fantastic place !!! What a treasure Buddy is!! Buddy met us waiting for the lighthouse to open, then to find he's the greeter at the top. amazing. btw Happy Birthday Buddy
  • Beautiful area. Beautiful view. Not wheelchair accessible
  • Closed when I got there but very cool. Area around it was clean and there is a parking lot
  • This is something you can do off the boardwalk. It's an easy climb to the top and the views can be pretty good. Take a camera and you can get some nice photos.
  • They charge 7$ per person to go at the top... The view is amazing from the top.. worth it...