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Absecon Lighthouse

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Address: 31 S Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7760
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New Jersey's tallest lighthouse awaits you at Pacific and Rhode Island...

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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Great daytime fun

A chance to step back in jersey shore history. Quick day tour makes for a great day of family fun. Short walk off boardwalk. Great photo op

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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A chance to step back in jersey shore history. Quick day tour makes for a great day of family fun. Short walk off boardwalk. Great photo op

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Western Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this wonderful lighthouse and enjoyed the history provided along the resting stops on way up. We also enjoyed the info the gentleman at the top provides about the area and how it's changed. A beautiful place to visit.

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Silver Spring
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you feel adventurous, climb to the top of this lighthouse. Great view and a different experience than you will find anywhere else in AC. There is a discount for military and others, so see if you are eligible for one when you buy a ticket. Interesting gift shop too.

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Galloway, New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

easy climb to the top. Great view and wonderful volunteers. I would suggest rocking chairs on the porch to give it a superior class feeling and allow people to linger a bit ( and perhaps buy more at the gift shop).

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The area around it is not too hot but stay inside of the fencesand you will be safer than the streets there.

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Hillside, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a well supported lighthouse (pleasant change from about 10 years ago). We were greeted by an educational coordinator when we walked in and we all trekked up the tallest lighthouse in NJ (228 steps) and were wonderfully greeted at the top by a volunteer who was a wealth of information and a joy with whom to spend time.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

first floor is a great gift shop filled with great things to buy. you also can walk around and learn all about the lighthouse. great experience!

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Frederick, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

So, yes. It's a nice little lighthouse. Nothing more. Nothing less. It doesn't appear to be in a great neighborhood. There is a plaque on the fence surrounding the lighthouse that indicates that it is historic. No one would go out of his/her way to visit this lighthouse, I would think.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

It is located on north end of Atlantic City Number of Tourist visit this Place -- not much, near by place not much

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

If you're into old lighthouses, this one is a tall beauty. Always worth a drive by, or even a stop to walk around it. If you get a chance, the inside is a nice tour.

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