Absecon Lighthouse
Monday
11:00 - 16:00
Thursday
11:00 - 16:00
Friday
11:00 - 16:00
Saturday
11:00 - 16:00
Sunday
11:00 - 16:00
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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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kwnike13
Grand Island, NY490 contributions
Oct 2022
It is definitely worth the climb up to the top of the lighthouse. The worker up there was super friendly and knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The view is great and the history that you will learn from all of the exhibits is wonderful.
Written 18 November 2022
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switchi21
Vermont456 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
we climbed it and what an amazing views once you are on top. Tallest light house in NJ. It only cost as $18 the two of us because we got the $4 discount from the flyer. lots of steps before you can reach the top but its worth climbing
Written 26 September 2022
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Pierre D
Gatineau, Canada211 contributions
Sep 2022
Needless to say that the view is great from up there. But, on a hot day it’s worth talking the 228 step up to the top to enjoy the cool breeze. It’s now too hard to get up there, I’m a 250 pound dude with spinal stenosis and it was really easy. The stairs are wide enough for people to cross each other Up/Down and there are 6 levels (plateaus) to stop/rest if you need to.
From the top, you will to see the original first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857. Hard to believe that this lens can amplifier a small kerosene lamp enough to be seen 23 miles away!
Written 17 September 2022
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Tony E
5 contributions
Aug 2022
I enjoyed visitng the light house. It has a lot of history. It is free unless you want to climb to the top of it.
Written 21 August 2022
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Benjamin N
Staten Island, NY71 contributions
Jul 2022
I finally got to visit this lighthouse after it being closed many years ago. I've been to many of New Jersey's lighthouses and this was on my bucket list. It is a long way up the stairs and I am not in the shape I was 20 years ago but made it up to the top. Good thing there are rest stops along the way with window views. Great views from the top, but it was very windy up there and I couldn't stay too long. Winds were blowing 15-25 and it felt like a tropical storm up there. They have a small museum in lobby with the history of the lighthouse. I enjoyed the visit and will go to more lighthouses soon.
Written 8 August 2022
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sukay2017
8 contributions
Aug 2022
171 ft tall - 228 steps. There are landings where you can stop & catch your breath. When you get to the top, you can go outside & walk the circumference of the tower.
Written 5 August 2022
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karen c
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
We did a self guided tour starting with the garden and walked the grounds. We were told that the grounds can be rented for parties,weddings and other events. It was a hot day but we enjoyed our time at the light house. It was a pleasant learning experience.
Written 1 August 2022
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Bonnie C
Corona, CA1,558 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
I read about this so we decided to visit. The docents are friendly and knowledgeable. We didn't climb the lighthouse but you could. It didn't look like a tough climb. I recommend exploring.
Written 18 May 2022
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dambanker
Toronto, Canada903 contributions
Apr 2022
Other than the boardwalk there's not a lot to see here. This is a decent walk straight up Rhode Island Ave off the boardwalk. Unfortunately it was closed early during my visit but it's still worth seeing.
Written 7 May 2022
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Peter U
9 contributions
Mar 2022
It's a nice place to finish your walk down the famous boardwalk.
It's a piece of American History. It's cheap.
Written 4 May 2022
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