This article about the New Jersey Lighthouse challenge was originally published in 2015, but has been updated for the current year.
New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge Weekend – October 21 and 22, 2017
Has it been on your to do list to explore New Jersey lighthouses? The weekend of October 21 and 22 is the time to do it! The New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge challenges you to visit all of the 11 NJ lighthouses in two days. Fall may not be the popular season to be near the NJ shore, but it’s a perfect time to take the ride up and down the coast and see these beauties up close. Lighthouses are of course not only an impressive looking structure, they serve as lifesaving stations for those stranded at sea and are part of our nation’s history.
Hours on Saturday and Sunday are 8AM-6PM. Absecon, Cape May and Tucker’s Island offer night climbs, so plan your day accordingly. Tokens or hand stamps may be available at each location as well, to help you mark your path!
The 11 lighthouses participating in the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge are:
- Absecon: 31 South Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City
- Barnegat: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Barnegat. Click over to read our review of the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.
- Cape May: Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point. Click over to read our review of the Cape May Point State Park Lighthouse.
- East Point: Lighthouse Road, Heislerville (may not open until 10 AM)
- Finn’s Point Rear Range: Lighthouse Road, Pennsville
- Hereford Inlet: 111 North Central Avenue, North Wildwood. Click over to read our review of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.
- Navesink Twin: Lighthouse Road, Highlands (may not open until 9 AM)
- Sandy Hook: Fort Hancock
- Sea Girt: Ocean Avenue & Beacon Boulevard, Sea Girt
- Tinicum Rear Range: 2nd Street and Mantua Avenue, Paulsboro. Click over to read our review of the Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse.
- Tucker’s Island: 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
Check the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge website for information about fees – fees vary by location.
Want to learn more about maritime rescues and the actual lifesavers? Also visit the museum at Barnegat Light and the life-saving stations at U.S. Life Saving Station 30, 801 Fourth Street Ocean City, and Tatham Life Saving Station, 117th Street & 2nd Avenue, Stone Harbor.
Whether you climb or just visit, a weekend of lighthouses is a weekend of education, history and impressive structures! Don’t miss the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge!