Now a famous east coast region for a variety of reasons, the Jersey Shore also features some the Garden State’s most compelling attractions and historic sites. A visit to Atlantic City includes much more than fun and games. In fact, the Absecon Lighthouse commands the attention of visitors year round, as its New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and the overall third tallest in America.
This 150-year-old structure also features an on-site museum and invites visitors to ascend the 228 steps to the very top and catch unparalleled views of Absecon, Pleasantville, and Atlantic City. Listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1991, the Port Republic Historic District is a 100-acre section of Port Republic housing 110 buildings dating back to 1774.
This area of the city is just north of Absecon, and is delightful destination for a short walk, some great photos, and outstanding sightseeing.
Finally, visitors can pay their respects by visiting the World War I Memorial in Atlantic City’s O’Donnell Park – just a short drive from Lakewood, East Brunswick, and Hazlet.
Built in 1922, the primary structure is a small, yet charming rotunda house featuring a nine-foot tall bronze statue inside titled, ”Liberty in Distress”.
The site was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, yet has served as a memorial for Atlantic City residents whom served in WWI since its construction.
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Take a wine tasting tour of six wineries located along the Cape May Wine Trail. Visit three in Cape May and others in Rio Grande, West Cape May and North Cape May. Enjoy a tour of historic lighthouses situated along the Atlantic coastline and Delaware River. Eleven of Jersey’s 18 lighthouses are open to the public. Barnegat Lighthouse offers panoramic views from the 165-ft. tower. Climb the 217-step winding staircase to reach the top.
Wildwood, Ocean City, Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights offer fun boardwalks with food vendors, carnival rides and games. Wildwood also boasts three water parks. Watch dolphins frolic along the shore of Cape May or book a fun whale-watching cruise. Board the trolley in Cape May for a scenic tour of the town’s famous Victorian homes. Avalon’s Dune Drive is a popular spot for patio dining and fun nightlife.
Ocean City is a great spot for swimming, water sports and family fun. Long Beach Island attracts surfers. Catch the waves at Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Ship Bottom. Stone Harbor and Avalon are excellent destinations for kite flying, kayak tours and turtle sightings. Cape May State Park features miles of hiking trails, surf fishing and great spots for bird watching. Visit Island Beach State Park for rolling dunes and glimpses of wildlife.