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Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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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  • We could see this from our hotel and it made for nice pictures. We drove by and it looks nice, I'm not sure if you can go in it or not though. 
  • Fun to climb ... better at night if (like me) you're afraid of heights. $7 or $6 with coupon. Free parking. 
  • We climbed all the way to the top. There were stops along the way with information to read about the lighthouse. The staff were informative and friendly. If nothing else climbing the 226 steps is grea...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Great little stop in Atlantic city. You can climb to the top for $7,they do offer $1 off with AAA discount. Keepers are friendly and informative. There is a visitor center located in the keepers house.
  • Nice historic lighthouse. Can climb up to the top for a fee. I think the fee is to high personally.
  • Great views and a nice little tourist set up. Even on a windy day, it was nice and sturdy. The views of the shore line are great and staff is very friendly.
  • Very nice Lighthouse keeper, if you climb all 228 steps, and great view of A/C inlet.
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