Tours

SUNDAY TOURS OF LIGHTHOUSE RESUME ATTRACTING VISITORS FROM FAR AND WIDE

Sunday tours of the 114-year-old Sea Girt Lighthouse are attracting people of all ages from the immediate area and from across the country and around the world. A recent Sunday saw visitors from as far away as Arizona and Hamburg, Germany and as near as a block away.

All who come are invited to spend an enjoyable hour or so going back in time to explore each room of the lighthouse and climb the 42 steps into the tower.

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides conduct tours Sundays, 2-4 p.m., except holiday weekends, mid-April through the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Please note: There are no Sunday tours on Mother’s Day, Memorial weekend, Father's Day, July 4 weekend or Labor Day weekend.

However, group tours, popular with schools, scouts and others, are conducted year-round by prior arrangement with the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee. For additional information, please call the lighthouse, 732-974-0514.

Lighthouse Service, Coast Guard Eras

Visitors are guided from the keeper's office into the living quarters and then up the spiral staircase to the lantern room at the top of the tower. On display are  photos, documents and other important artifacts that capture the history of the lighthouse, the keepers and their families in the U.S. Lighthouse Service era (1896-1939) and then the Coast Guardsmen who served there (1939-1954). There are also many artifacts from the luxury liner Morro Castle disaster and rescue.

On Display

The expanding display includes: a keeper's daily logbook from 1903, photos of Sea Girt's keepers including the third keeper, Harriet Yates, the lantern used by keeper William Lake in the days before the lighthouse was electrified in 1932, the 1939 order of President Franklin Roosevelt transferring control of all lighthouses from the Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard, a 4th order Fresnel lens, and two Morro Castle lifejackets.

There are also photos of bygone Sea Girt, including the Third Avenue trolley, Civil-War-era cannons on the Camp Sea Girt beach, the Stockton Hotel, the Tremont Hotel, the old pavilion, vacationers camped under the pines and Big Sea Day celebrations at the beach. 

Bring Your Camera

Photographers are welcome. Many visitors do come with cameras and video recorders. There’s much to capture inside and out, as can be seen in the photographs that illustrate this website. And our website gallery features photos taken by visitors.

The photos found throughout this site present Sea Girt Lighthouse down through the years, across the seasons, in all weather conditions and times of day. While the building is much as it was in 1896, the photos are strikingly varied in their composition. The subject may be the same and often shot from the same angle, yet many photographers succeed in taking pictures that are intriguingly and subtly different from one another.

Artists too find Sea Girt Lighthouse an interesting landmark to paint and draw. Painters can occasionally found sitting on the boardwalk or beach before a canvas on an easel or with a pad of drawing paper in their lap as they recreate their vision of the lighthouse.

Lighthouse Souvenirs

At the conclusion of tours, guests are invited to visit the gift table on the first floor where lighthouse souvenirs and gift items are available for purchase. Items include scale models of the lighthouse, embroidered shirts and caps with the lighthouse logo, postcards and stationery, books, signed, numbered limited-edition prints of the 2010 lighthouse poster and prints of watercolors of the lighthouse painted by area artists.

All proceeds from the sale of merchandise go to fund the operation of the lighthouse, which is run by the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee, an all-volunteer, tax-exempt, non-profit foundation.