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“By far the coolest lighthouse” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Twin Lights Historic Site

Twin Lights Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Highlands
Certificate of Excellence
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125 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“By far the coolest lighthouse”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

Whats not to love? its a castle, its a lighthouse, its free to climb, it has a free museum attached...a cute little gift shop with very kind ladies...great views, great photo ops. It even has a mystery cannon and an anchor on the front lawn....You can see NYC well enough to point out all the main attractions, you can watch great ships pass by...and minutes down the road is another lighthouse (Sandy Hook) which is the oldest US lighthouse and on Fort Hanncock which in itself is a cool stop with Rodman guns, NIKE missiles, battery ruins, and overlooks....also if you go during the winter months on a sunny day there is a good chance that on the sandbar below you can catch sunbathing seals!

Visited February 2014
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New Jersey
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266 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Definitely a must-see attraction with beautiful views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

A state historic site, the Twin Lights of Highlands are two non-identical towers which distinguishes it from the other lighthouses. It holds a prominent place in history as being the first lighthouse to use the Fresnel lens, which is displayed in the generator building. It was also here that Marconi placed a receiving station to demonstrate the wireless telegraph. One can tour the lighthouse and the informative exhibit gallery, and climb one of the towers which offers an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean. At this time, the museum is being redesigned and has acquired a collection of artifacts from the shipwreck of "Aurora" which was discovered in 2002.

Visited February 2014
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Garfield, New Jersey
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great free attraction!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

It is one of the highest places on the eastern seaboard and the views will justify your trip. The grounds are well-kept and it is enjoyable to walk around the two lighthouses. The museum is interesting and had some unusual information that everyone would enjoy. Be careful on the hill going into the attraction, it is a bit tight, but easy enough to navigate. The gift shop had a nice replica of the entire site, either as an ornament or a tabletop piece for a great price. Seeing the light itself was quite impressive. Should not be missed if you are in the area!

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
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854 reviews
201 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
“Amazing View From Here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

If you haven't been to Twin Lights, and you're in the area, go out of your way to visit here. Climb to the top- the view is 360 degrees fabulous. The mini museum really cool and the prism lens is amazing. Come on a nice day. Great to bring a picnic to as well.

Visited October 2013
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Oroville, California
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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“One of my favorite lighthouses”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

From a beautiful lighthouse to the view of New York City, this site has so much to see. Twin towers, a 1st order Fresnel lens, historic happenings, museum, wildlife and more.

Visited October 2013
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