• September-June: Thursday-Monday, 11:00am-4:00pm
  • July and August: Monday- Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm (Thursdays open until 8pm)
  • Please note: the last climb of the day is offered 30 minutes before closing
  • Community events offered throughout the year
  • Youth programming is available, including a sleepover program, summer maritime educational series, and arts educational series for local youth
  • ADA accessible site (excluding the 163-year-old tower)
  • Public restrooms
  • Free on-site parking
  • Community garden
  • Park benches
  • Picnic tables
  • Indoor museum
  • Gift shop
  • General Admission to the Keeper’s House Museum, Exhibits, Gift Shop, and Grounds is free
  • Climbing fees: Adults - $10, Seniors - $9, College students - $9, Children (4-12) - $6, Atlantic City residents - $5, Free for active duty military and kids under 4

Absecon Lighthouse

31 S. Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401


The Absecon Lighthouse was built in 1854, with its light first lit in 1857. At 171 feet tall, it is New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and the third tallest in the country. The Absecon Lighthouse is now owned by the Inlet Public/Private Association (IPPA), which purchased the property in 1996, and works to preserve, interpret and operate the landmark. Since the reopening of the lighthouse tower in 1999, over 400,000 visitors have learned of its remarkable history. Restoration of the historic two-acre site was completed in 2003, making the lighthouse and grounds accessible to the public. Additionally, exhibits in the Keeper’s House provide access to rare historical photographs and offer an overview of the history of Absecon Lighthouse, including ocean life, shipwrecks, keepers, and local memorabilia. For a small fee, visitors can climb to the watch room and external gallery. The Absecon Lighthouse is listed in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.


  • Check out exhibits on lighthouse history and the restoration at the Keeper’s House
  • Climb the tower for views of surrounding Atlantic City
  • Visit the community garden located on the two-acre property
  • Attend one of the many community events at the lighthouse throughout the year

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