Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City

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    Past Times

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    My father took a couple of pictures of the lighthouse in 1959 from one of the oceanfront hotels, so the view is not toward the ocean but is toward the north or NNE. The water we see is Absecon Inlet, and that's Brigantine on the other side.

    Although the colors are blue and white and not the way the lighthouse is painted today the lighthouse was painted white with a blue band during the time it was in city ownership in 1959.

    Hours of Operation:
    Fall/Winter hours:
    Open Thursdays through Mondays
    11am to 4pm.
    Last climb is at 3:30pm.

    September - June
    Thursdays through Mondays, 11am to 4pm
    Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
    July & August
    Open daily 10am to 5pm
    Closed on major holidays

    Cost to Climb the Lighthouse:

    Adults $7
    Children 4-12 $4
    3 & under Free
    Active military FREE
    Dogs are welcome

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Architecture

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    Absecon Light

    by Icemaiden02 Updated Jan 18, 2006

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    Absecon Light, taken 2004.

    The tallest of New Jersey's lighthouses (and America's third tallest!), it's somewhat hidden by the brighter lights of Atlantic City's casinos and gambling arena. Just minutes away from the Atlantic City boardwalk, this hidden gem is well worth the visit. First lit in 1857, this lighthouse consisting of 240+ steps will provide you a beautiful view of the shoreline. Wonderful and historical information available, and a wide array of souveniers in store at the gift shop.

    Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors (60+) $4.00, Children (4-12) $2.00, Age 3 & under FREE

    Public Hours:
    Monday 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Tuesday & Wednesday - closed
    Thursday - Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

    July - August 10:00am - 5:00pm Daily

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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    Absecon Lighthouse Atlantic City NJ

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 20, 2005

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    Absecon Lighthouse

    The Absecon Lighthouse was 1st lighted on Jan. 15th 1857. Jonathan Pitney supervised the contruction after him was Lt. George Meade who later went on to lead the Union Army at Gettysburg. The lighthouses purpose was to guide ships past the Absecon & Brigantine Shoals. There had been many frequent wrecks along that section of the coast. After the lighthing of the first-order lens there had been no reports of any wrecks. This lighthouse has had a few paint jobs, in 1872 it was painted white with a red band in the middle to increase its day time effectiveness, in 1898 the board changed the colors to orange with a black stripe in the middle. This lighthouse was decommissioned in 1933 by an electric beacon on the famed Steel Pier. In 1948 hte US Coast Guard gave the tower to the city. Since then the lighthiuse has been restored to its origanl condition, completed in 1998. You can visit the lighthouse and climb the 228 steps to the top for some great views. For more information on this location of Atlantic City NJ


    Thurs-Mon 11am. to 4pm Sept - june & daily 10am to 5pm July - August

    Adults $5.00, child 4-12 $2.00, Seniors $4.00, children under 4 are free

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    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

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