It’s impossible to think of any seaside town without thinking of the mystical lighthouses. Along the Jersey shore are about a dozen open to the public. Several beautiful and well maintained lighthouses are recommended for a visit.

One of the best know is “Old Barney”, the Barnegat Light which majestically watches over the entrance to Barnegat Inlet. The current light was built in 1859 and designed by Lieutenant W.S. Reynolds under the supervision of General George Meade. If you can catch a clear day, you can climb the 217 steps to see the gorgeous view of Barnegat Bay and Island Beach State Park.

The Absecon Lighthouse built in 1857 resembles the Barnegat Light because General George Meade designed it too. It is the tallest in New Jersey with a climb of 228 stairs giving you spectacular views of the New Jersey shore.

The Fort Hancock/Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the U.S. Built in 1764 by designer Isaac Conro the house once stood 500 ft. from the point of Sandy Hook. Centuries of sand buildup on the peninsula have pushed it back about one mile from the ocean.

The Twin Light Lighthouse of Navesink, in Highlands, was the first twin lighthouse ever built. It was originally built in 1828 and was the first seacoast lighthouse to use electricity.  The lights are fraternal twins;reasons are not clear. The north tower is open to visitors.

On the tip of Cape May Peninsula is the Cape May Lighthouse. It’s a beautifully restored 1859, structure and one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the U.S.