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Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is an October Favorite

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Sandy Hook Lighthouse at sunset. Credits: Joe Matzerath
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The Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. Credits: Joe Matzerath
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JERSEY SHORE - Pumpkins, zombies and Great Adventure's Fright Fest typically highlight October fun, but how about a lighthouse challenge?

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey invites participants to climb all 11 of the Garden State's lighthouses in one weekend. This year's annual event will be held on October 17 and 18.

Hours for the Challenge are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Special night climbs are being offered at Abescon, Cape May, Tinicum and Tucker's Island Lighthouses from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 only.

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Participants will receive a Challenge Souveniur from each of the sites they visit. There is a fee to climb the Abescon, Cape May, Hereford Inlet and Tucker's Island Lighthouses. While the other NJ lighthouses are not requiring fees to climb during the Lighthouse Challenge, they do welcome donations of any size.

Two lighthouses do have height restrictions for climbers. Participants must be 48" and above in order to climb the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, which is the oldest working lighthouse in America. Climbers must be above 42" to climb the Tinicum Lighthouse.

The annual Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey typically attracts large numbers of lighthouse lovers from the Garden States as well as other nearby states. Interested residents can visit the Lighthouse Challenge website for exact lighthouse locations as well as maps and directions.

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