Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
We enjoyed a drive to the Barnegat Lighthouse. You can find it at 208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. I’ve wanted to take photos of it for ages. Normally, it’s a little more than a 2-hour drive. But, on a lovely Saturday, when I put the address in my GPS, it said it would be a 3-hour journey. I didn’t let the extra traffic stop me.
It was an exciting day. I decided to take my 7-year-old daughter with me for the journey. She had been my partner in all my summer adventures. My suggestion to anyone embarking on a similar trip would be to pack some snacks. You can avoid stopping midway or needing to have a meal before setting off.
After the traffic delays, a long time spent at a fast-food restaurant, toll booths (I need to get an EZ pass), and a drive over the bridge to Long Beach Island. The smell of the salt and the sounds of the ocean waves made me smile.
Barnegat Lighthouse was a great experience. We climbed 434 stairs in total to the top and bottom! I didn’t realize how out of shape I was and took a few breaks making it up the stairs. It was much easier going down. I think I did enough exercises for the year. We had a view of Long Beach Island, Barnegat Bay, and Island Beach.
The entrance is free with parking. There is a fee to climb the stairs. Children 5 and under are free. CASH ONLY $1 for children 6-11 and $3 for 12 adults. Pets are welcomed on a leash but are not permitted in certain parts of the park. There is a visitor station to learn about the history, nature, and coastline.
Lighthouse hours are 8 am-8 pm, and the stairs to the lighthouse are open from 10 am-4:30 pm, weather permitting. Picnic tables are provided. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing and fishing. Fires, propane stoves, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
For more information, visit: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html
TWIN LIGHTS LIGHTHOUSE
Twin Lights Lighthouse is located at 2 Lighthouse Rd., Highlands, NJ 07732. The museum is filled with interesting information and objects about lighthouses and those who maintained them. You can enter and park for free; even climbing the lighthouse doesn’t cost anything. Donations are welcome. You can buy maps and lighthouse blueprints from the gift shop.
You can view Sandy Hook, New York Harbor, and the Manhattan skyline from here. We made it to the top of the North Tower. The South Tower is only open for special activities and booked tours. A visit to Twin Lights is a wonderful day out. We stayed for about an hour before taking a short, 20-minute drive to Keansburg Beach and Amusement Park.
For more information: http://www.twinlightslighthouse.com/
List of New Jersey Lighthouses
- Absecon Lighthouse
- Cape May Lighthouse
- Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
- East Point Lighthouse
- Sea Girt Lighthouse
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