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31 S. Rhode Island Ave.


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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 3.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

You can climb the Absecon Lighthouse's 228 steps for a great view of your surroundings. And a great view it is – located at the northern end of the city, this lighthouse stands 171 feet high, making it the tallest of its kind in New Jersey and one of the tallest in the country. Built in 1857, the black-and-white structure is visible from most of the strip. And according to recent visitors, the views from above are a major perk of visiting the lighthouse. While you're here, you should also take some time to explore the history museum inside.

The lighthouse often hosts art exhibits, shows and festivals. There's a $7 fee to climb to the top for adults and a $4 fee for kids ages 4 to 12. The lighthouse and museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Monday from September through June. However, hours can vary by the season; check the official website to better plan your trip.

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If you're not visiting Atlantic City to gamble, chances are you're coming to hit the beach. The city's beach is wide and its camel-hued sands are soft – recent travelers said they were impressed with the cleanliness and with how much room there was to spread out on this beach. The Atlantic Ocean's waves are good for body boarding, boogie boarding and wave jumping for the little ones, while adults can enjoy walking along the flat terrain near the water or relaxing in a beach chair. On-site facilities include showers and changing rooms, plus lifeguards are on duty during the summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beachgoers also have access to the boardwalk, which is populated with eateries and shops selling beach gear and water sports equipment.

Unlike many other New Jersey beaches, Atlantic City's sands are free to access – you don't need a fee-based badge or pass to visit. For more information on the beach, visit the tourism board's website

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