This year, the Lighthouse Challenge of NJ is going virtual. In years past, lighthouse enthusiasts have tried to visit all open lighthouses in New Jersey in one weekend to celebrate the history of the Garden State’s lighthouses.
Because of COVID—19, this year’s celebration will be a little different. The challenge will take place all October long, virtually, and only some lighthouses will be open during the original challenge weekend (October 17-18).
Please maintain social distancing when exploring in New Jersey, as always, to keep everyone safe.
Take the Lighthouse Challenge Online
For the online portion of the Lighthouse Challenge, check out the official Lighthouse Challenge website! Here you will find video tours of 17 lighthouses, stations, and societies.
As part of the online challenge, you can create artwork for any and all of these lighthouses and post it to their Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.
To complete the challenge: if you complete the Challenge by visiting all the sites, either by taking the virtual tour or driving by and taking photos, you can download the completion sticker.
Visit These Lighthouses
You can also visit the lighthouses that are currently open during the challenge month and weekend (October 17th and 18th).
A note from the organizers:
Lighthouses that are currently open are Absecon Lighthouse, Cape May Lighthouse and East Point Lighthouse. Grounds are open at Sandy Hook, Navesink Twin Lights and Tuckerton Seaport. They are only open their regular days and hours, not the Challenge hours, so please check their websites when planning on visiting. We encourage you to visit them when convenient for you rather than on the Challenge weekend so we can avoid crowds and long lines waiting to climb as all have restrictions on how many people are allowed in the lighthouse at one time.
The above open sites as well as US Lifesaving Station 30 will have their buildings open during the challenge weekend. The grounds at Sea Girt Lighthouse and Finns Point Light will also be open.