Absecon Lighthouse Atlantic City
Where is it at?
31 S. Rhode Island Ave
Where are we going today?
We all know that imagine of that mysterious lighthouse, casting it's light out over the ocean so the boats can see their way. But have you ever imagined you would be able to climb UP one of them?
Abescon Lighthouse is an amazing historic city in New Jersey, which is open all year round and lets families and kids climb all the way to the top to experience some pretty amazing views!
The lighthouse was built in 1857, and is actually the state's tallest lighthouse! Your journey to the top will be pretty adventurous (did we mention there were 228 steps?). It's also one of the oldest lighthouses in the entire USA, so it's even more special!
Once up the top, the sites will be amazing! You can look out over the skyline of Atlantic City, and even check out the original first-order Fresnel Lens which was actually first lit back in 1857 too.
You're surrounded by history!
The complex has had a huge restoration, with some extra bits added so kids can learn all about the history. There is an amazing replica of the Lightkeeper's dwelling, as well as an educational museum which is great to read all about the story of the lighthouse and the area. With a lovely gift shop and the Fresnel Lens exhibit, there is plenty to see!
Did we mention there is even an original Oil House and grounds which you can wander around and spend some time in?
They offer guided tours for families too, if you wanted to have that little bit more education as you go. It's also a great way to ask questions!
Check out the programs at Abescon Lighthouse too, because there are some pretty fun ones! There are fun Wacky Wednesdays where kids can come dressed up and create lots of fun arts and craft, and even night time climbs where you can check out the moon!
Heaps of lighthouse fun at Abescon!
How much does it cost?
- Children$4 (Ages 4 - 12)
- Free Under: 3 years and active military
When can we go?
11am - 4pm Thurs - Mon (Sept to June) / 10am - 5pm daily July & August
Sept to June closed Tuesday and Wed. Closed major holidays rest of year.
The museum focuses on New Jersey and maritime history. Guided tours and field trips can be arranged by giving them a call - it would make a great day out of the classroom! .
Soda, water and light snacks are available for purchase in the gift shop, and there are many wonderful restaurants nearby so you won't go hungry with all that climbing! .
There are picnic sites so why not bring your own healthy lunch! .
Any Top Tips?
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! The lighthouse tower may be closed to climbers in extreme weather like high winds and thunderstorms. .
Need a little extra help?
The Keeper's House museum is wheelchair accessible with a live view from the top playing on a monitor at all times. The lighthouse has 288 steps so you do need to be physically mobile for that. .
This facility has a kitchenette within their upstairs offices. This space would be available for parents, if needed..
Can I get one of those?
There's a gift shop! Save those pennies and buy something fun to remind you of your time at the top! .
You can stay overnight with one of their programs if you wanted - want an amazing experience! .
What people are saying?
by Heather Stoll
Wouldn't know. I went during operating hours and they weren't open. I couldn't wait to get out of the neighborhood though. A lighthouse in the middle of a boarded up ghetto.
by Mark Williams
my visit here was amazing. this is absolute sight in the middle of a depleted city with not so much to offer glad to see some people still care about the community they live in !!!!!
by Veronica Orozco
Historical Gem in the Middle of the Ghetto - We walked the 3 miles of boardwalk with our 2 young children, only to realize we were walking straight into a bad neighborhood. The surrounding buildings are boarded up and the area doesn't look like there is any city maintenance. The lighthouse, however, was very nice and very well kept. The workers were very friendly. The view was great. It was a great workout and wore out my kids nicely. The grounds are large and gave my kids a place to play while we waited 30 minutes for a cab. If you are planning...Read More
by Timothy Coghill
Chilly, long winding climb but well worth it to reach the top.
by Sharon Duris
Rare find in a unique location.
by Veronica Orozco
Historical Gem in the Middle of the Ghetto - We walked the 3 miles of boardwalk with our 2 young children, only to realize we were walking straight into a bad neighborhood. The surrounding buildings are boarded up and the area doesn't look like there is any city maintenance. The lighthouse, however, was very nice and very well kept. The workers were very friendly. The view was great. It was a great workout and wore out my kids nicely. The grounds are large and gave my kids a place to play while we waited 30 minutes for a cab. If you are planning on visiting, I'd suggest driving yourself.