Best Lighthouses in New Jersey to Visit

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

We had the pleasure of taking a road trip out to the Barnegat Lighthouse.  Located at 208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. This is something I have wanted to capture and photograph for a long time. The drive would take me over a little of 2 hours. After putting the address in my GPS on a beautiful Saturday, that trip was going to take me over 3 hours. I wasn’t going to let a little traffic hold me back.

I brought along my 7-year-old daughter for the ride. (She’s been my adventure buddy throughout the summer). I suggest bringing along snacks in the car so you don’t have to stop or eat before you go. She tends to get car sick sometimes so I was hoping the drive would be fine for her. I gave her my phone and she watched YouTube videos to keep her occupied for the trip.

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, we made it. The smell of the salt and the sounds of the ocean waves put a smile on my face.

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 to adult. 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 opened 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.


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Twin Lights Lighthouse is located at 2 Lighthouse Rd., Highlands, NJ 07732. The museum is full of items and facts about lighthouses and it’s keepers. Entrance and parking are free (also to climb the lighthouse) Donations are accepted. The museum is full of great facts about lighthouses and their keepers. There is a gift shop with maps and blueprints of the lighthouse. You can see Sandy Hook, New York Harbor, and the Manhattan skyline in the distance. We climbed to the top of the North Tower. The South Tower is opened for special events and private tours. Twin Lights is a great day trip, we spent about an hour here and took a 20-minute drive down to Keansburg Beach and Amusement park.

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List of New Jersey Lighthouses

  • Absecon Lighthouse
  • Cape May Lighthouse
  • Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
  • East Point Lighthouse
  • Sea Girt Lighthouse


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