Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City

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The Absecon Lighthouse is a coastal lighthouse located in the north end of Atlantic City, New Jersey, overlooking Absecon Inlet. At 171 feet (52 m) it is the tallest lighthouse in the state of New Jersey and the third-tallest masonry lighthouse in the United States. Construction began in 1854, with the light first lit on January 15, 1857. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1933 and, although the light still shines every night, it is no longer an active navigational aid. The lighthouse is open to public visitation and, for a small donation, one may climb to the watch room and external gallery. A re-creation of the keepers' quarters was opened in 2002 and serves as a museum and gift shop. The original oil house now contains a Fresnel lens exhibit. Along with school and group tours, the Absecon Lighthouse offers an overnight program for Scouts, a winter arts program for children, and a wide variety of special events throughout the year.

The Absecon Lighthouse was designed by George Meade and still retains its original first-order fixed Fresnel lens. The lens is made of lead glass and weighs 12,800 pounds (5,800 kg) As the light was fixed (non-flashing), it does not have a landward segment allowing visitors to look up in the lens where the keepers entered it for maintenance.

Jack E. Boucher conceived and oversaw the preservation of the lighthouse in 1964.

The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic American Buildings Survey, and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.
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  • I finally got to visit this lighthouse after it being closed many years ago. I've been to many of New Jersey's lighthouses and this was on my bucket list. It is a long way up the stairs and I am not.....  more
    I finally got to visit this lighthouse after it being closed many years ago. I've been to many of New Jersey's lighthouses and this was on my bucket list. It is a long way up the stairs and I am not.....  more »
  • 171 ft tall - 228 steps. There are landings where you can stop & catch your breath. When you get to the top, you can go outside & walk the circumference of the tower. 
    171 ft tall - 228 steps. There are landings where you can stop & catch your breath. When you get to the top, you can go outside & walk the circumference of the tower.  more »
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  • Fantastic Old Lighthouse. The steps aren't as bad as it would seem. There are 6 platforms on your way up to go at your own pace. Although we went on a hot day in the 90's the Lighthouse was nice and cool inside. Once we reached the top Dan is the man of knowledge. Mr. Lighthouse as we called him was an incredible wealth of knowledge concerning the Absecon Lighthouse among all others on the East Coast. It was too nice to hear his true passion and love in what he does.
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