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Absecon Lighthouse

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Address: 31 S Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7760
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+1 609-449-1360
11:00 - 16:00
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New Jersey's tallest lighthouse awaits you at Pacific and Rhode Island...

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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well worth hike up the steps!!!!

first floor is a great gift shop filled with great things to buy. you also can walk around and learn all about the lighthouse. great experience!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Noelani W
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

first floor is a great gift shop filled with great things to buy. you also can walk around and learn all about the lighthouse. great experience!

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Frederick, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, yes. It's a nice little lighthouse. Nothing more. Nothing less. It doesn't appear to be in a great neighborhood. There is a plaque on the fence surrounding the lighthouse that indicates that it is historic. No one would go out of his/her way to visit this lighthouse, I would think.

Thank simroy2015
Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is located on north end of Atlantic City Number of Tourist visit this Place -- not much, near by place not much

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

If you're into old lighthouses, this one is a tall beauty. Always worth a drive by, or even a stop to walk around it. If you get a chance, the inside is a nice tour.

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Boyne City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Lots of old photos inside. Staff was awesome answering our questions. The climb to the top was felt the next day! Ouch! Cool souvenirs available onsite too!

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Dover, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

I highly recommend visiting the light house and climb to the top. Tallest lighthouse in NJ and the third tallest in the country (masonry). I even purchased souvenirs. Beautiful structure.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

The lighthouse is about four blocks away from the now closed Revel Casino. It is a piece of history and is the third tallest lighthouse in the United States. There is a small museum and a gift shop on the ground floor. A very modest charge is asked for those willing to climb to the top of the lighthouse. It... More 

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Dickson City, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We went to visit the Absecon Lighthouse on a Tuesday. While it was impressive and the grounds were neat and inviting, we were locked out. Times must be changing as this attraction is closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Spoiled by the old notion of historical places and attractions being closed the traditional Monday. Still worth a stop any day unless... More 

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Montco Cty, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Having lived in South Jersey near the AC area for over 40 years, I never once visited the Absecon Lighthouse property in the AC inlet area. I was astounded by all the information regarding the several years that Dr. Jonathan Pitney spent lobbying the NJ and US legislatures to have a lighthouse built in order to safeguard the passage of... More 

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Lake Winola, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Although I didn't climb the steps to the top, I did enjoy talking to the friendly and knowledgable elderly guide dressed as either a lighthouse keeper or sea captain. The keeper's house is a beautiful restoration and contains historical displays and a gift shop. The grounds are nicely maintained and boast a community vegetable garden project, some picnic tables, and... More 

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