AbseconLighthouse is a destination for history enthusiasts, lovers of maritime cultureand those seeking stunning views. It’s one of the oldest lighthouses in NorthAmerica. Climb to the top, visit the replica keeper’s quarters and discoverwhat makes the lens so special in the lighthouse’s permanent display.
First lit in 1857,the Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest in New Jersey and the third tallest ofits kind in the United States. While it hasn’t been an active navigationalbeacon since 1933, the light still shines every night and comes from theoriginal Fresnel lens.
Startyour visit to Absecon at the lighthouse museum to discover the history of thearea. You’ll see historic photographs of local shipwrecks and memorabilia from19th-century Atlantic City. Read about the men who built Absecon, about thelighthouse keepers that lived in the small quarters on site, and about themaritime culture that once dominated this stretch of coast. Visit the Oil Houseto see the Fresnel lens exhibit or wander through the replica of a keeper’sdwelling to see how they would have lived.
Climb the 228 stepsto reach the top of the lighthouse, home to the original Fresnel lens that wasinstalled in the 1850s. The lens weighs about 12,800 pounds (5,800 kilograms)and still functions. The climb can be strenuous, but you can rest at thelandings placed at regular intervals. Don’t miss the gift shop at the bottom ifyou want a souvenir of your climb.
Absecon Lighthouse islocated in northern Atlantic City, close to the downtown area. It’s easilyreached on foot and bus. Car parking in the small on-site lot is free forvisitors to the lighthouse.
Entry to thelighthouse keeper’s quarters and museum is free of charge however, you have topay a small fee to climb to the top.
AbseconLighthouse is open daily during July and August, except major holidays. It’sclosed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September until June. The last climb isavailable 30 minutes before closing time.