The Barnegat Lighthouse is a popular area for both locals and vacationers to visit throughout the year. The park itself contains picnic areas, trails along the inlet and over the dunes to the beach, and of course the lighthouse itself. During the warmer months of the year, you are able to climb the lighthouse to get a great 360 view of the local towns, inlet, bay, ocean, and Island Beach SP.
An excerpt from the BL website maintained by the state:
The site of Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County was regarded as one of the most crucial "change of course" points for coastal vessels. Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline. The swift currents, shifting sandbars, and the offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the most experienced sailor.
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Saltwater!Along the inlet I believe. Double check with the park rules.
Bathrooms!May be closed over the colder months.
Food / Vending!There was a soda machine there at one point. Maybe more now.
Park Ranger on duty!During summer months
Picnic / Sitting Area
Grills / Firering
Scenic Areas (overlooks/waterfalls)!Can't beat the view from the top of the lighthouse
Special Buildings / Structures!I would consider the lighthouse itself to be rather historic :)
Trails!A few trails and some boardwalks around the property.