There are 18 towering structures, standing on the shorelines of the Garden State.  For decades, these beacons of light have been guiding the captains of vessels through the open waters, to help reach their various destinations.

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The Barnegat Lighthouse which stands 165 feet high, is one of the 11 landmark towers that offer locals and visitors alike an opportunity to climb the many stairs up to the top.  If you dare, you’ll have to climb 217 steps to reach the top of “Old Barney”.  It’s really just a 20-minute climb.  A good pair of comfortable shoes along with a few quick breaks along the way, and you’ll be amazed by the spectacular views that await.  Look to the North and witness Island State Park.  Gaze to the south for the bird’s eye view of Long Beach Island.

After dealing with the Covid19 pandemic, The Barnegat Lighthouse is resuming public tours once again.  Like many businesses and attractions at the Jersey Shore, “Old Barney” followed suit and closed its doors to public access.

Barnegat Lighthouse will be open on weekends.  Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks must be worn to enter the lighthouse.  There is no charge to climb to the top, but donations are always welcomed. Park officials also warn that there may be longer wait times due to the limited operating hours.

“Be advised there may be longer wait times due to the limited hours. Please be patient as a limited number of visitors are permitted in the lighthouse at one time. We ask that you be considerate of others and limit your time at the top.”

Keep in mind the last time for entry is 1:45 pm.

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