People spend a lot of time at the Jersey shore on the beaches or boardwalks, but it’s worth taking a break from that and visit some lighthouses. With fascinating history, spectacular views, and parkside locations, these Jersey shore lighthouses are must-see attractions to hit during your next trip, on or off-season.
This Atlantic City lighthouse is the tallest in New Jersey, looming 171 feet over the Atlantic Ocean horizon. Climb 228 steps to the top for a fantastic view of the city. The newly restored, eye-popping, black and yellow lighthouse made its debut in 1857. The lighthouse also features a museum and gift shop and events for children, including one called “Keeper Sleeper” where kids stay overnight as if they were lighthouse keepers from a century ago! There’s even an on-site replica of a Lightkeeper’s home.
Twin Lights Lighthouse
Nestled in the Navesink Highlands, this one-of-a-kind lighthouse has two towers. Be sure to climb the North Tower for a magnificent ocean view. Visit the museum for artifacts and educational programs.
Also known as Old Barney, this lighthouse on Long Beach Island boasts wonderful views of Island Beach State Park. Be sure to walk the Maritime Forest Trail and look for birds and fauna (or maybe even Pokemon!) with the family. There’s a lovely picnic area and great food from Mustache Bill’s Diner nearby, so you could easily spend an entire fun-filled day here!
Cape May Lighthouse
You can climb this lighthouse for a view of Cape May Point State Park, but there may be more to do on the ground! Just down the road you can see the last lookout tower from the Second World War in New Jersey. There are places to hike as well as a bird watching area, known as one of the best places in the region. With a prime location near Cape May city, Historic Cold Springs Village, the Cape May Zoo, and Sunset Beach, this is the perfect place for a day trip!
Sea Girt Lighthouse
Built in 1896, the Sea Girt Lighthouse remains the last lighthouse on the East Coast with attaching living accommodations. It was constructed between the Barnegat and Navesink Lighthouses after several shipwrecks. Recently restored in 1981, the lighthouse hosts tours of its keeper’s office, lantern room, and living quarters. Check out artifacts like a keeper’s logbook and numerous photographs.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
This lighthouse in North Wildwood is reminiscent of a Victorian home. Explore the picturesque gardens full of butterflies and squirrels eating at a feeding station. You can visit the museum and tour the area to immerse yourself in the life of a lighthouse keeper.
Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse
This Paulsboro lighthouse started working in 1881. An unusual sight, its steel structure reaches 85 feet in height. Tours happen the third weekend of each month during tourism season, but you can plan a tour in advance as well. You can even hold a party here!
Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Beginning operations in 1764, this is the oldest operating lighthouse in America. With easy access to Fort Hancock and Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Lighthouse is a fantastic place for a day trip. You can take a tour of the lighthouse as well as the keeper’s quarters. Visit any of the seven nearby beaches, take a hike, watch birds, explore marshes, or walk through the holly forest. There’s so much to do!
Trips to Jersey shore lighthouses are a fantastic addition to your family vacation, so don’t miss out!