Lighthouses and select museums throughout the state will host the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.
Challenge yourself to visit each participating lighthouse over the weekend as you tour the state to help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation.
These majestic beacons have played an important role in New Jersey’s history, guarding mariners and protecting our coasts for three centuries. Lighthouses serve as a reminder of American ingenuity while honoring the values of safety and heroism. Visit the lighthouses and museums on the Challenge for an opportunity to learn more about state and national maritime history.
Begin the Challenge at any of the participating 11 New Jersey land-based lighthouses, two life-saving stations or one museum, and purchase a souvenir lanyard ($2). New this year: obtain a pin unique to each site to commemorate your participation in the event. Also new this year: East Point Light and U.S. Life Saving Station 30 are both newly restored and open to the public.
Hours of operation for each lighthouse can be found at participating lighthouse and museum websites and at www.lhchallengenj.org.
The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is also on Facebook where lighthouse fans can communicate with other fans.
The following lighthouses and museums are participating and invite the public to take advantage of this special weekend to support and preserve the maritime history of New Jersey:
- Absecon Lighthouse (Atlantic City)
- Barnegat Lighthouse (Barnegat)
- Barnegat Lighthouse Historical Museum (Barnegat Light)
- Cape May Lighthouse (Lower Township)
- East Point Light (Heislerville)
- Finns Point Light (Pennsville)
- Hereford Inlet Light and Delaware Bay Lights Virtual Tour (North Wildwood)
- Navesink/Twin Lights (Highlands)
- Sandy Hook Lighthouse (Fort Hancock)
- Sea Girt Lighthouse (Sea Girt)
- Tatham Life Saving Station 35 (Stone Harbor)
- Tinicum Light (open, but not for climbing) (Paulsboro)
- Tucker’s Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport Museum (Tuckerton)
- U.S. Life Saving Station 30 (Ocean City)
Night climbs will be offered at Absecon, Cape May and Tucker’s Island Light at Tuckerton Seaport.
Proceeds support the preservation of these sites. For further information including directions and map of participating lighthouses go to www.lighthousechallengenj.org.