2017 New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge Offers
Rare Chance To Visit 12 Lighthouses In One Weekend
How many New Jersey lighthouses can you visit in one weekend? Hop in the car this fall and find out while you take the annual New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge!
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The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is a two-day opportunity to visit 12 New Jersey lighthouses, one museum, and two life-saving stations. This year’s challenge takes place on October 21st and 22nd. Participants can tour the state and learn about the history of these majestic beacons and their importance in protecting ships and the New Jersey coastline, as well as help preserve these lighthouses by purchasing a Lighthouse Challenge of NJ souvenir booklet for just $2. Lighthouse Challenge participants can have their booklet stamped at each stop along the challenge. Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered in a drawing for $1000 in prizes.
Lighthouses participating in the 2017 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ include Absecon, Barnegat, Cape May, East Point, Finn’s Point, Hereford Inlet, Navesink Twin Lights, Sandy Hook, Sea Girt, Tinicum and Tucker’s Island. (Note: Tinicum is closed for climbing, but is still on the tour and will be staffed for souvenirs and booklet stamping.) The Barneget Light Museum, as well as lifesaving stations in Ocean City and Stone Harbor, will also be participating in the challenge this year. Nighttime lighthouse climbs are being offered at Absecon, Cape May, and Tucker’s Island.
The general hours for the 2017 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ are 8:00am – 6:00pm, although individual site hours may vary slightly. Most lighthouses are free to climb, although donations are greatly appreciated. The challenge takes place rain or shine. Specific information regarding the Lighthouse Challenge (including maps and directions, hours, and fees) can be found at lhchallengenj.org.
Have you participated in the Lighthouse Challenge of NJ in previous years? Leave your tips for this year’s participants in the comments below!
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