With weather normally reserved for early summer, the thoughts of many New Jerseyans are already turning to visits to the shore. Families thinking of the beach but not a dip in the ocean, should consider a trip to one of New Jersey’s 18 lighthouses, 11 of which are open to the public. Most are only open Thursday through Sunday until June.
The U.S. has about 1,000 active lighthouses but New Jersey’s 18 are some of the best well known. Indeed, the Sandy Hook lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the country, having been active since 1764. Other lighthouses have their own historic tales to tell, such as the Twin Lights of Navesink, the location for Guglielmo Marconi’s demonstration of the first practical use of the wireless telegraph in 1899. The Barnegat Lighthouse marks the fortieth parallel, a point crucial to transatlantic navigation.