BACKGROUND: This isn't your typical lighthouse, which makes it worth a visit in and of itself. This historic lighthouse shines over Hereford Inlet, in the Village of Anglesea in North Wildwood. The Victorian design of the lighthouse makes it both beautiful and functional.

The site of the lighthouse originally served as a station for the life-saving service - the forerunner of the modern Coast Guard, which responded to ship wrecks along the shore and aided sailors in trouble. In 1874, the U.S. Lighthouse Service added the light under the supervision of the Army Corps of Engineers.

INSIDER INFO: This lighthouse has more to offer than just a rich, nautical history. While visiting the lighthouse, make sure to stop by the award-winning Lighthouse Cottage and Herb Gardens that are modeled after the peasant gardens of England. You can also tour the nautical museum that occupies a large part of the lighthouse.

WHERE: The lighthouse is on Central Avenue near 1st Avenue. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Hereford+Inlet+Lighthouse,+North+Wildwood,+NJ&sll=39.006426,-74.792591&sspn=0.032415,0.046692&ie=UTF8&hq=Hereford+Inlet+Lighthouse&hnear=Hereford+Inlet+Lighthouse,+North+Central+Avenue,+North+Wildwood,+NJ&ll=39.011581,-74.792604&spn=0.030745,0.046692&z=14&iwloc=A" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: The lighthouse is open during the summer 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Gardens and gift shop are free. Lighthouse and museum tours are $4 adults, $1 children age 11 and younger. For more info, call (609) 522-4520.

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