Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
P.O. Box 167
Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
Enjoy Barnegat Lighthouse State
The site of Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern
tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County was regarded as one of the
most crucial "change of course" points for coastal vessels.
Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline
depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the
The swift currents, shifting sandbars, and the
offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the most experienced
sailor. The park is included as a maritime site on the New Jersey
Coastal Heritage Trail.
The beloved Barnegat Lighthouse is shining
again, as it was illuminated on January 1, 2009 - exactly 150 years to
the day that it was originally lit in 1859. Thanks to the Friends of
Barnegat Lighthouse, the nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and
promoting the park, funds were raised to purchase a new Coast
The new light creates a single beam that can be
visible for up to 22 nautical miles. In 1927, the original lens was
removed, and was replaced by a lightship anchored off the coast of
Barnegat light. The original lens is still on display down the road at
the Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Society's Museum.
A panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay,
and Long Beach Island awaits visitors at the top of Barnegat
Lighthouse. The lighthouse is open daily from 9 AM to 4:30 PM (weather
permitting) from April 1 through October 31. The remainder of the year
the lighthouse is open 9 AM to 3:30 PM, Wednesday through Sunday
(closed Monday and Tuesday).
There is a $1 fee per person to enter the
lighthouse from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Children under 12 are
free and must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors can also catch the
views from the top without climbing the 217 steps thanks to four
cameras that transmit live images of the view to a display in the
adjacent Interpretive Center.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is situated on
the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County. The park can be
reached by taking the Garden State Parkway to exit 63. From Route 72
east, turn left onto Long Beach Blvd. and then left onto Broadway. The
park entrance is on the right.
Facilities & Activities:
- Barnegat Lighthouse
- Interpretive Center
Picnic tables are located along Barnegat Inlet where visitors can
picnic, relax, and observe the waterway. Two picnic shelters with
tables are also provided for picnicking. Visitors who enjoy
sunbathing and fishing can picnic on the sand along the jetty.
Fires, propane stoves, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
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