The present lighthouse is the third on the tip of the island. The first lighthouse was a 40 foot masonry tower constructed in 1834. It had a miserable reputation as a lighthouse. It stood until 1856, when it became in undulated by the sea and toppled into the sea during Keeper James Fuller's watch. Construction began on the present lighthouse in 1857 and was completed in 1858. Because of the similarity in size to the Absecon Lighthouse to the south, Barnegat Lighthouse's light was given a different characteristic to help distinguish from its southerly comrade. The light at Barnegat was a first-order Flashing Fresnel which flashed once every ten seconds at each point of the compass.
Grounds open daily. Lighthouse open daily throughout the entire year, weather permitting.
115 Route 9, Barnegat, New Jersey, United States
Good for: Couples
The Hurricane House is located in an old fashioned Ice Cream Shop. On nice days you can enjoy your ice cream on the outside tables. The regular menu is pretty extensive but they do offer daily dinner specials.
Favorite Dish: I was there as a party of 8. We all got different dishes and everyone enjoyed their meal. BYOW. Save room for dessert!