Absecon Lighthouse

Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City: Hours, Address, Absecon Lighthouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Absecon Lighthouse
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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Beth R
Rochester, NY75 contributions
Views
Sep 2021
Beautiful views, something to do in Atlantic City. Walk up was hot but manageable. Great views at the top.
Written 5 September 2021
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William P
Stroudsburg, PA136 contributions
Beautiful History!
Aug 2021
The Absecon Lighthouse is truly a beacon of the city.

This is a beautiful historical site that will provide you with information about Atlantic City's past, and it's just a few blocks from the boardwalk.
Written 12 August 2021
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Tripping9900
Pittsburgh, PA309 contributions
Nice historical spot
Aug 2021
Located just a few blocks away from the casinos, this was a nice,brief historical side trip.

It was not crowded and there are some outside buildings to see; then you enter the building to the lighthouse. The buidling is free to enter and look around. You then pay $10 to climb the (appx 228) steps to the top of the lighthouse.

There are windows to look out along the climb and at the top there is an informative guide who will provide information and answer questions. He made sure we took a look up at the prism of glass worth seeing. You can also walk outside on a platform (has bars for safety).

We were glad we made this stop. If you have issues with stairs (especially ones that are not connected/have space in between them) then I would not recommend doing them but I still recommend stopping to read about the lighhouse.
Written 9 August 2021
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Bridget S
Belmont, NC627 contributions
There's A Beacon in Absecon!
Jul 2021
The gentleman working the desk was very informative. He told us the rhyme to help us pronounce the name. Enjoyed looking at the old pictures at each landing as we climbed the lighthouse. Great guide at the top.
Written 4 August 2021
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Kathy P
11 contributions
Worth the climb
Jul 2021
It is worth the climb, but beware if you are afraid of heights and claustrophobic. You climb about 25 steps at a time, and then there is a landing where you can stop and catch your breath.
A very nice and welcoming tour guide greets you at the top.
Beautiful views.
Written 30 July 2021
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Mark O
3 contributions
Exhibit at lighthouse was good & educational
Jul 2021
This was recommended as a part of a AAA TourBook Itinerary. Patrons with special needs cannot climb the lighthouse steps to the top, but can enjoy the museum style exhibit about the property and its grounds. I enjoyed my visit. A AAA discount is available to members.
Written 20 July 2021
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Jemlnlx
Bronx, NY3,835 contributions
Should have gone years ago!
Jul 2021
I've been to Atlantic City countless times of the last twenty years but never visited the Lighthouse. This time, we were staying the Hard Rock Casino which is about a 1/2 mile walk or a 5-minute (probably less) drive from there. I walked from the hotel at around 2 PM. It gets a bit lonely if you are walking in the inside streets. I also wouldn't say dangerous, but some sketchy areas (like much of Atlantic City) the further you walk from the Boardwalk. I walked along the boardwalk until I got just past the Ocean Hotel and then walked inland a few blocks to get to the Lighthouse. There was a adequately sized parking lot there...I kind of regret I didn't drive. Parking was free with an entrance on South Vermont Avenue. You can tour the grounds and souvenir shop/museum seemingly for free but there is a $10 (adult) and $6 (child) charge to go up. The grounds are well kept with a small garden area in front. There is also a groundskeppers house with some museum-like information in it. The main building houses the museum (lots of useful information so be sure to read everything) and the gift shop. The gift shops has the usual gift shop trinkets; magnets, shirts, pencils, post cards, toys, mugs, picture prints...The lighthouse itself is a 228-step climb. On the humid (95-degree real feel) day, it was a bit of a struggle getting up there. There are landing stops, every 30 steps to rest. I workout and run regularly, but that climb was rough. Once I reached the top, I was greeted by staffer Dan. After I caught my breath outside and snapped a few photos of some of the amazing views up there, I returned in where Dan educated me about the lighthouse and its history. Dan has a wealth of knowledge of not only the Absecon Lighthouse but all lighthouse on the east coast. I learned a lot there and was very appreciative that he was up there to educate myself and others. The staffer downstairs was also very nice and patient. I highly recommend the Lighthouse to everyone visiting Atlantic City. The free museum and grounds are worth it alone...but for those who can physically make it up to the top, the views you see and the mini-class given by the staffer make it a must-do.
Written 17 July 2021
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Joe M
12 contributions
Neat Historical Sight
Mar 2021 • Couples
This was a really neat local attraction. A gift shop is inside the ground floor and for a small fee you can walk up all 300+ steps to the top of the lighthouse. There’s plenty of historic documents and photographs for those interested. The top of the lighthouse is completely barricaded which somewhat obstructs the view, but it’s still a great sight of the local area.
Written 31 May 2021
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Christine S
Randolph, NJ19 contributions
Worth the visit!
Mar 2021 • Couples
This was close to our hotel (Hard Rock) so we took a walk and checked it out (with a Groupon).
Great little lighthouse, knowledgeable keeper, and the 228 stairs are punctuated by landings with photos and descriptions at each one, so the climb is not too bad.
Written 12 March 2021
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James C
Brooklyn, NY1,313 contributions
Passport
Feb 2021 • Friends
Hidden gem in Atlantic City. Take the hike to the top and the exhibits are great. Really worth a trip. Join the passport and help keep these amazing places running.
Written 19 February 2021
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