Lighthouse Challenge raises money for preservation

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Lighthouse Challenge raises money for preservation Lighthouse Challenge raises money for preservation

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey, which has been called America's largest lighthouse festival, will take place simultaneously at all 11 of New Jersey's land-based lighthouses Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16.

The two lighthouse museums and two lifesaving stations are also included in the event.

Those who choose to accept the challenge can spend one day or both touring the state and hopping from one lighthouse to another, visiting the museums, climbing steps and seeing the views from atop some of New Jersey’s most historic structures.

The event raises funds for the continued preservation of these maritime beacons that have played an important role in New Jersey history, guarding mariners and protecting the coasts for more than a century.

The event offers an opportunity to step back in time and learn more about the state and the country's history.

Hours of operation for each lighthouse can be found on individual lighthouse and museum websites and at, and

Night climbs will be offered in addition to day climbs at lighthouses in Absecon, Barnegat, Cape May, Sandy Hook, Tinicum and Tuckerton Seaport.

Many of the sites will be hosting local artists or authors and offering food options, so participants are advised to allow themselves time at each location.

Artist Donna Elias will be at Absecon Lighthouse on Rhode Island and Pacific avenues in Atlantic City all weekend showing her work.

Each site may differ in hours of operation and admission fees. For complete details, addresses and directions see //

Lighthouse explorers are urged to share their experiences on Facebook and check in at each site along the way.

For information call (609) 449-1360.


Included in the challenge:

Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City

Barnegat Lighthouse, Long Beach Island

Barnegat Museum, Barnegat Light

Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May

Cape May County Historical Museum, Cape May Courthouse

East Point, Heislerville

Finn's Point Rear Range, Pennsville (not open to climb)

Hereford Inlet Light, North Wildwood

Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Sandy Hook

Sea Girt Lighthouse, Sea Girt

Tinicum Rear Range, Paulsboro

Tucker's Island, Tuckerton

Twin Lights, Highlands

US Life Saving Station 30, Ocean City

US Life Saving Station Tatham, Stone Harbor

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