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Absecon Lighthouse

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Address: 31 S Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7760
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+1 609-449-1360
11:00 - 16:00
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New Jersey's tallest lighthouse awaits you at Pacific and Rhode Island...

New Jersey's tallest lighthouse awaits you at Pacific and Rhode Island Avenues in Atlantic City (walking distance from Showboat Casino). 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.The Absecon Lighthouse is on both the New Jersey and National Registries of Historic Places.

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This is a must see attraction if you don't mind climbing stairs. It only took us 30-45 minutes but we all really enjoyed it. The view at the top was beautiful and worth the climb... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see attraction if you don't mind climbing stairs. It only took us 30-45 minutes but we all really enjoyed it. The view at the top was beautiful and worth the climb. Also, make sure to stop and chat with the man at the top, very knowledgeable.

Thank Sara P
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My work companion and I finished our work on a Thursday night and decided to take a short day "road trip" to Atlantic City the next morning just to see it since we had never been. We were near Philadelphia and it was 65 miles to AC. We left before 9am and got there around 10am. It was a cool,... More 

1 Thank GKBrash
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This lighthouse sits behind the massive casino's which seem to hide it. It is worth seeing, if only to remember the history of these wonderful buildings!

1 Thank Cynthia M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this lighthouse is third tallest in USA and tallest in NJ offer you to climb 228 steps. its awesome view up there covering Atlantic city shore. Milton ( Lighthouse keeper) will welcome you by offering card and that's sweet. He told us all about the lighthouse and its history. Staffs are really helpful and warm. steps are broad comparing to... More 

3 Thank sanju_222323
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not to far from the boardwalk about two blocks off the end. Very well kept grounds with postings outside showing/explaining the history of the lighthouse and keepers dwelling. Cheap price if you want to climb the 228 steps to the top. Go on the website and click coupon for an extra dollar off per person. We found that randomly while... More 

2 Thank har7840
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good place to kill an hour or two . Interesting to learn its history, and the history of the area. You have to be semi in shape to climb to the top but its worth it .

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a few hours on the property taking pictures, interesting site amoung the casinos in Atlantic City.

Thank Lisa S
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the way this was restored and it is now a very well kept lighthouse. There is a lot of history here and a nice shop.

Thank jvikingfan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Absecon Lighthouse on my visit to Atlantic City Visited it at night to see it lit up and returned the following day to climb it! Arriving slightly before opening time, I spent 20 minutes reading the info boards around the grounds and taking photos of the lighthouse and it's settings The staff were exceptionally welcoming and friendly and... More 

Thank JonnySutts
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

People were friendly.The place was spotless...even the rest rooms were as clean as they possibly could get.A must stop to blow off some time after breakfast.AC must keep this place.

Thank robertwerie

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