The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is always the third full weekend in October.
There is no pre-registration. You register at the site where you start and you can start at any of the sites. It only takes a few minutes. We ask for your home state and how many are in your party. And then, of course, we collect your registration fee.
The cost is $5 to register. For that, you'll get your souvenir holder, this year the Log Book. There is no other cost unless you decide to climb the lighthouses. Some of the lighthouses do charge a fee to climb. (Children 11 and under are free to climb with an adult.)
No, climbing is not required. You just have to visit each site. Good for you if you do manage to do that though!
The object is to visit all the sites on the Challenge. There 10 land based lighthouses, 3 lifesaving stations, one museum and one virtual visit. It adds up to 15 sites but only 14 stops since the virtual stop is located at one of the lighthouses. You have from 8 am on Saturday until 6 pm on Sunday to complete the Challenge. Sites are open from 8 am to 6 pm both days, with 3 sites offering night climbs from 6 to 8 pm on Saturday only. You can start and finish at any of the sites, so you can plan your own route. There is a list of places to stay and places to eat along the way under the Eat & Stay tab in case you decide to stay over Saturday night (or Friday night so you can get an early start).
If you complete that Challenge, at your last stop, let them know that you've completed. They will check to see if you've visited all the sites. You'll receive a completion sticker and your name will be entered into a drawing for a prize basket filled with lighthouse goodies. There are 3 prizes with the grand prize worth more than $500.
For those of you who like to look at maps, us included, here's a map of the sites on the 2023 Challenge. You can view it in Google Maps using this link:
This year's souvenir is a book with stories from each of the Challenge sites taken from either actual log books or contemporary accounts. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, some are exciting and some are almost unbelievable. You'll receive your log book when you register and at each stop, your log book page will be stamped by the site. If you collect all the stamps, you'll be given a completion sticker for the front of your own log book. We hope you enjoy reading the logs of our lighthouses and lifesaving stations.
This year, there will be a special stamp at 4 of the stops on the Challenge. It will be unique to the 2023 Challenge and only available during the Challenge weekend. Make sure you ask for the speical stamp at Squan Beach Lifesaving Station, Barnegat Light Museum, Tathum Lifesaving Station and East Point Light.
Your support and contributions will enable the continued preservation of our Challenge sites. Your generous donation is greatly appreciated. This will show on your billing statement as Lighthouse Keepers of New Jersey.