At 171 feet, the Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest lighthouse in the U.S. Visitors willing to climb 228 steps up the restored lighthouse tower are greeted with a spectacular view of the Jersey Shore. Even those who prefer to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground find the Absecon Lighthouse a fascinating place to visit. During its construction period, which lasted from 1855 to 1857, the Absecon Lighthouse temporarily fell under the direction of Lieutenant George Meade, who would one-day command Union forces at the Battle of Gettysburg. More than a century later, the Absecon Lighthouse had its name added to the National Register of Historic Places. The same first-order Fresnel lens used to light the way for mariners when the Absecon Lighthouse first opened is still in use today.
Absecon Lighthouse Hours
September-June: Thursday-Monday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
July-August: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
The lighthouse closes on major holidays. Group tours and weekend sleepovers are also available.
Absecon Lighthouse Admission Fees
Seniors (ages 60 & over): $5
Children (ages 4-12): $4
Children (under age 4): Free
*Prices subject to change without notice or from what’s listed on this web site.
Absecon Lighthouse Contact Information
31 South Rhode Island Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Fax: (609) 449-1919
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