Nobody should miss out on a visit to the Barnegat Lighthouse! It is truly a perfect day out for families of any age. The lighthouse is sorrounded by both nature and sea and offers a unique peak back in time to when sailors depended on the lighthouses to help them navigate the NJ waters. Shore Points Mom is excited to share our 3 Reasons Why We Love Barnegat Lighthouse.
1.The museum.It’s small but full of interesting information and admission is free from Labor Day to Memorial Day. (Although it’s always nice to contribute to their donation box.) The “Story of Barnegat Lighthouse” is showcased in the newly renovated museum and depicts the history of Barnegat Lighthouse from shipwreck to first class seacoast light.
2. The view.The view from the top of the lighthouse is amazing and your kids will be thrilled to climb to the top of ‘Beaming Barney,’ the 1859 lighthouse at the north tip of LBI.
Beaming Barney receives half a million visitors each year and the view from the top offers such breathtaking views that your child MAY even forget about his iPad or iPhone for a few minutes.
So if you feel up to it, take the climb up to the top of the lighthouse…
…and take in the 360 degree panoramic view of the entire island.
The walk up the 217 stairs is a long one, but there are landings along the way to rest and let people pass going up and down.
There are even signs telling you how many more stairs to go–which the kids love– and historical pictures and comments along the way to tell you about the Barnegat lighthouse.
And of course there’s lots of cool stuff to see once you get to the top!
Be sure you are okay with the strenuous nature of the climb. If you cannot or do not want to walk to the top you can still see the view from cameras that transmit images to the interpretive center.
3. The scenery.There is so more to this park than just the lighthouse.
photo courtesy of TripAdvisor
When you’re done with Beaming Barney, there is an area for children to romp around, and water for wading and catching sea treasures.
The park is filled with berry and holly bushes and bustles with bird life–perfect for your nature/animal/science-loving kid.
The park is also a beautiful spot for a picnic or other gathering, or just to sit and read or catch some rays.
The grounds are as meticulously maintained as the lighthouse and include a nice walkway that goes over the rocks and you can enjoy a walk by the bay, on the boardwalk, or on a nature trail.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is a must-visit destination for every family in Ocean County NJ because it has all the makings for a perfect family outing. The beautiful ocean views, the towering lighthouse, the jetty boldly cutting out into the surf… It’s perfect.
Now get out there and explore where you live!
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 shoreline. 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.
Park Hours: Open daily from 8 am to 8 pm
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Interpretive Center hours: Weekends 10 am to 4 pm.
Lighthouse Hours: 10 am to 4:30 pm daily. (weather permitting) as of Nov 1 Weekends only 9 am to 3:30 pm. The lighthouse does close due to inclement weather.
Fee: $3 per person ages 12 and older; $1 per person ages 6 to 11; children under 5 free
Fees are in effect beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.