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New Jersey's tallest lighthouse awaits you at Pacific and Rhode Island Avenues in Atlantic City.

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.

Absecon Lighthouse is:

  • New Jersey’s tallest Lighthouse, 171 feet tall
  • The country’s third tallest Lighthouse
  • 150 years old, 1857-2007
  • Located in Atlantic City
  • Open for climbing!

Family Field Trip

Take a break from the dining room table to explore New Jersey’s tallest and the country’s third tallest masonry lighthouse!

More Information


Open Daily through September 13th, 11am to 4pm, last climb is 3:30pm!

Beginning 9/16, we are open Thursdays through Mondays, 11am to 4pm, last climb is 3:30pm


  • The State of New Jersey allows each business to determine indoor mask wearing guidelines.
  • Our board of trustees has instructed us to require a mask in the Keeper’s Cottage and Tower for the protection of children and staff/volunteers.
  • If you are not wearing a mask for medical or other reasons, please enjoy our 2-acres of outdoor exhibits & gardens.

Additional COVID 19 Information

  • Hand sanitizing stations are conveniently located throughout
  • Gloves will be issued with admission