The historic 150-foot Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and one of the tallest in the U.S. ((courtesy, Atlantic Convention and Visitors Bureau))

The Absecon Lighthouse, which was first lit in 1857, is New Jersey's tallest lighthouse and the third tallest of its kind in the United States. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designed by Army officer and civil engineer George Meade (of Civil War fame), the lighthouse rises 150 feet, with 228 steps leading to a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding Jersey skyline. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1933 and is no longer used to guide ships, although a light does shine from it every night. The lighthouse is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays from September to June. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Those interested in the lighthouse's history can visit the museum in the nearby Keeper's House.

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Family Review of Absecon Lighthouse

Away Travel Expert: Candyce H. Stapen
FamilyExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • It's free to roam the grounds and see the museum and exhibits, but if you want to climb the 228 steps, there's a small charge
  • Ask about the summer Kids Keeper Camp for ages 8-12

31 S Rhode Island Avenue
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (609) 449-1360
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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