BACKGROUND: Overlooking the Barnegat Inlet, Barnegat Lighthouse stands guard at the northern end of Long Beach Island. The lighthouse began operations in 1859, and the beacon atop the 172-foot-tall was relit a few years ago and once again lets sailors at sea know they are approaching LBI. A visit to the lighthouse is easy - there's ample public parking, restrooms and picnic areas. The lighthouse state park also includes an interpretive center, which tells the story of the light, designed by future Civil War hero George Meade. Visitors can climb the light's 217 steps to get an amazing view of the inlet, nearby Island Beach State Park and Long Beach Island. There is also a jetty for sightseeing or fishing and nature trails. A marker at the park also commemorates the massacre of American privateers on the beach during the Revolutionary War.

WHERE: Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is located on Broadway in the Borough of Barnegat Light. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Barnegat+Lighthouse+State+Park,+Barnegat+Light,+NJ&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=29.301969,56.162109&ie=UTF8&hq=Barnegat+Lighthouse+State+Park&hnear=Barnegat+Lighthouse+State+Park,+Barnegat+Light,+NJ+08006&z=14" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

DETAILS: The lighthouse is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

ON THE WEB: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html" target= "_blank">http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html

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