National Lighthouse Day is Celebrated Every August

This year, National Lighthouse Day is on August 7, 2019. Do you know what the purpose of a lighthouse is? Well, lighthouses protect our coasts and help guide sailors & sea mariners. Various New Jersey lighthouses listed below have free or special events this summer. Great for kids, a truly fun "things to do in NJ" experience for the whole family. Perfect as a family day trip or getaway idea.The cool part is in the climb...so get ready to explore lighthouses!

Absecon Lighthouse

Are you up to climbing 228 steps? If so, once you get to the top, the treat is a great view of the Atlantic City skyline. Absecon Lighthouse is over 150 years old and is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey at 171 feet high. Also see the Replica Lightkeepers dwelling, educational museum, and gift shop. Open year round. 31 S. Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ.

July 24, 2019, 11AM-3PM: FREE kids 12 & under; Wacky Weds Gift of the Garden Theme (Arts & Crafts, Movies)
July 31, 2019, 11AM-3PM: FREE kids 12 & under; Wacky Weds Gift of the Dinosaurs Theme (Arts & Crafts, Movies)
Aug 7, 2019: Kids 11 & under climb FREE; Lighthouse Festival
Aug 14, 2019, 11AM-3PM: FREE kids 12 & under; Wacky Weds Outer Space Theme Day (Arts & Crafts, Movies

Barnegat Lighthouse

Get energized! Climb 217 steps to the light keepers catwalk at the Barnegat Lighthouse. Lantern light is visible for 22 nautical miles. Once you've reached the top, you'll encounter spectacular views of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, Long Beach Island and the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about lighthouse and maritime history next door at Interpretive Center. Surrounding park area offers fishing, nature trails, bird watching, and picnicking. FREE for kids 5 & under. Long Beach Island in Ocean County, NJ, 609.494.2016

Aug 7, 2019: National Lighthouse Day with special activities for children

Cape May Lighthouse

Climb 199 steps to the top of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. Scenic views of the Jersey Cape and Delaware Bay. Visitors Orientation Center and Museum Shop. 215 Lighthouse Ave, Cape May Point State Park, NJ, 609.884.5404

July 24 & 31, 2019: Family Fun Days
Aug 7, 2019: National Lighthouse Day, Kids climb FREE with paying adult. FREE Admission to family activities (crafts, songs)
Aug 14, 2019: Family Fun Day with kids activities, performers, and crafts

East Point Lighthouse

Originally built in 1849. In 2017, lighthouse was fully restored inside and outside, including new lantern. Open 1st and 4rd weekends of the month. 10 Lighthouse Road, Heislerville, NJ, 856.785.0349

Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse

Open on the 3rd Sunday of the month (March to May and September to November). FREE to climb and must be 13 years and older. Located at the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy views of the Delaware River and refuge center. 197 Lighthouse Rd, Pennsville, NJ, 609.463.0994

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

FREE admission. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is a popular tourist destination. It serves as a working lighthouse and museum. Learn about the history of Hereford and life of lighthouse keeper. Explore surrounding Victorian Style Park, Hereford Gardens, and North Wildwood Seawall’s called AngleseaWalk. 111 North Central Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ, 609.600.1561

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Still in use today, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse is designated a National Historical Landmark. Tours offered 1PM-4:30PM. Must be 48 inches tall to climb. Explore Lighthouse Keepers Quarters and Visitors Center located next door to lighthouse. 128 South Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ, 732.872.5970

Aug 7, 2019, starting 12PM: FREE to climb the lighthouse Climb the lighthouse (must be 48” or taller). Learn about being a lighthouse keeper.

Sea Girt Lighthouse

FREE tours conducted on Sundays, April through November. Donations appreciated. At the Sea Girt Lighthouse, take a guided tour of all rooms of keeper quarters and up to the lantern at top of the tower. 9 Ocean Ave, Sea Girt, NJ, 732.974.0514

Tucker’s Island Lighthouse Replica

Reproduction of lighthouse that was once located on Tucker’s Island and fell into the ocean in 1927. This replica lighthouse is located at Tuckerton Seaport. Climb 42 steps to the top of the tower for views of the Seaport and Lake Pohatcong. See exhibits on New Jersey maritime history. 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ, 609-296-8868

Twin Lights Lighthouse

FREE to climb to top of Twin Lights Lighthouse. Donations appreciated. Operates Tuesdays to Sundays. 200 feet above sea level and high on the hill, the current lighthouse with 2 towers overlooks the coastal waters of NJ. The South Tower is unlit and The North Tower is lit by a 500 watt bulb. Twin Lights has been rumored to have ghosts or spirits. Explore exhibit: “Seeing Stars: Every Flag Tells a Story”. Lighthouse Road, Highlands, NJ, 732.872.1814