ABSECON, NJ (October 16, 2023)(CNBNews)--The Absecon Lighthouse in New Jersey is the tallest lighthouse in the state and the third tallest in the country. In 1993, the Inlet Public/Private Association adopted the lighthouse as a symbol of the revitalization of the Inlet section of the town. The restoration of the lighthouse was completed in 1999, followed by the reconstruction of the Keeper's Dwelling in 2001. The final phase, which was the restoration of the 2-acre site, was completed in 2003.
The funding for the project came from grants provided by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the NJ Department of Transportation's Transportation Enhancement Program. The site work phase restored many of the characteristic features of the historic grounds.
Visitors can walk around the 2-acre property, visit the Keeper's Cottage museum and gift shop, and climb the lighthouse's 228 steps to reach the top. Keepers are on duty and will share with visitors the magnificent 360-degree view of the Jersey shore, as well as the 1854 First-Order Fresnel lens in the lantern above.
Now a dog-friendly destination, with water bowls, frisbees, and leashed dogs are allowed in the museum.