Absecon Lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Absecon Lighthouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Absecon Lighthouse
4.5
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
New Jersey's tallest lighthouse awaits you at Pacific and Rhode Island Avenues in Atlantic City (walking distance from Showboat Casino). Take an amazing journey into time and above it all as you ascend the 228 steps of the Absecon Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. You'll see breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline and up top you'll come face-to-face with the original first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857.The lighthouse's recent multi-million dollar restoration also includes a stunning replica of the Lightkeeper's dwelling, an educational museum, charming gift shop, Fresnel Lens exhibit in the original Oil House and expansive grounds.The Absecon Lighthouse is on both the New Jersey and National Registries of Historic Places.
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Mark O
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Exhibit at lighthouse was good & educational
Jul 2021
This was recommended as a part of a AAA TourBook Itinerary. Patrons with special needs cannot climb the lighthouse steps to the top, but can enjoy the museum style exhibit about the property and its grounds. I enjoyed my visit. A AAA discount is available to members.
Written July 20, 2021
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Jemlnlx
Bronx, NY3,663 contributions
Should have gone years ago!
Jul 2021
I've been to Atlantic City countless times of the last twenty years but never visited the Lighthouse. This time, we were staying the Hard Rock Casino which is about a 1/2 mile walk or a 5-minute (probably less) drive from there. I walked from the hotel at around 2 PM. It gets a bit lonely if you are walking in the inside streets. I also wouldn't say dangerous, but some sketchy areas (like much of Atlantic City) the further you walk from the Boardwalk. I walked along the boardwalk until I got just past the Ocean Hotel and then walked inland a few blocks to get to the Lighthouse. There was a adequately sized parking lot there...I kind of regret I didn't drive. Parking was free with an entrance on South Vermont Avenue. You can tour the grounds and souvenir shop/museum seemingly for free but there is a $10 (adult) and $6 (child) charge to go up. The grounds are well kept with a small garden area in front. There is also a groundskeppers house with some museum-like information in it. The main building houses the museum (lots of useful information so be sure to read everything) and the gift shop. The gift shops has the usual gift shop trinkets; magnets, shirts, pencils, post cards, toys, mugs, picture prints...The lighthouse itself is a 228-step climb. On the humid (95-degree real feel) day, it was a bit of a struggle getting up there. There are landing stops, every 30 steps to rest. I workout and run regularly, but that climb was rough. Once I reached the top, I was greeted by staffer Dan. After I caught my breath outside and snapped a few photos of some of the amazing views up there, I returned in where Dan educated me about the lighthouse and its history. Dan has a wealth of knowledge of not only the Absecon Lighthouse but all lighthouse on the east coast. I learned a lot there and was very appreciative that he was up there to educate myself and others. The staffer downstairs was also very nice and patient. I highly recommend the Lighthouse to everyone visiting Atlantic City. The free museum and grounds are worth it alone...but for those who can physically make it up to the top, the views you see and the mini-class given by the staffer make it a must-do.
Written July 17, 2021
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Joe M
12 contributions
Neat Historical Sight
Mar 2021 • Couples
This was a really neat local attraction. A gift shop is inside the ground floor and for a small fee you can walk up all 300+ steps to the top of the lighthouse. There’s plenty of historic documents and photographs for those interested. The top of the lighthouse is completely barricaded which somewhat obstructs the view, but it’s still a great sight of the local area.
Written May 31, 2021
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Christine S
Randolph, NJ19 contributions
Worth the visit!
Mar 2021 • Couples
This was close to our hotel (Hard Rock) so we took a walk and checked it out (with a Groupon).
Great little lighthouse, knowledgeable keeper, and the 228 stairs are punctuated by landings with photos and descriptions at each one, so the climb is not too bad.
Written March 12, 2021
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James C
Brooklyn, NY1,313 contributions
Passport
Feb 2021 • Friends
Hidden gem in Atlantic City. Take the hike to the top and the exhibits are great. Really worth a trip. Join the passport and help keep these amazing places running.
Written February 19, 2021
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Arthur Mills
New Jersey15 contributions
Amazing to see from the sea
Feb 2020
It's amazing to look at the Lighthouse from both land and sea. It is a spectacular vista from a boat at night, providing the way to the ships. So romantic!
Written January 22, 2021
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Richard B
Philadelphia, PA2,205 contributions
Good photo opportunity
Jan 2021
In the part of Atlantic City most people don't visit unless going to Ocean One or Hard Rock Casinos. It is worth a side trip to break up the casino activity
Written January 21, 2021
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Lorraine K
8 contributions
A place of Beauty
Sep 2020
The day I visited the lighthouse was closed, but I took pictures of the outside and marveled at its quiet beauty, a beacon of light that services the World.
Written November 6, 2020
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Emilia
6 contributions
Abandonment
Oct 2020
It looks like this awesome place is just abandoned. Clear signs of uncaring crew could be seen easily.
Written November 2, 2020
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theoljohnnyboy
New Florence, PA1,219 contributions
A.L.
Oct 2020
Let me first say that the staff is top notch, the gift shop is top notch, the grounds are in top notch condition. The low rating is just due to location. This old lighthouse is so out of place surrounded by high rises, we seek out lighthouses to enjoy the serenity and it was disappointing to see how Atlantic City had consumed this structure and the ground around it. Despite being the tallest lighthouse in the state it doesn't feel like it. It is open to climb to the top. Check for hours before going.
Written October 15, 2020
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