Barnegat Light Has a Lot to Offer the Visitor, Not Just the Famous "Old Barney"

Good things come in small packages at Barnegat Light

With a population with just a little under year round 700 residents, Barnegat Light is one of the quieter of the boroughs on Long Beach Island and on the Jersey Shore. Of course, as with most of the summer enclaves on LBI, in the summer months the population can rise into several thousands of visitors.

Water is the main attraction of the Jersey Shore in general, and LBI in particular, but the small town of Barnegat Light is especially heavily trafficked by fishing boats and tours. Water tourist attractions include: crabbing, fishing, deep sea fishing, and boat rides, which are available for $5.00 per person. There are several charter boats with different hours of operation throughout the day.

The most popular hot spot on the island is, of course the famous Lighthouse; this wonder stands 172 feet above sea level and has 217 steps to the top of “Old Barney”. The view from the top can also be witnessed from the bottom level on a monitor. This is a great feature for those who cannot make it to the actual top due to a handicap or are just too tired from a day at the beach. However, people with disabilities can still make it partially up on special ramps. This magnificent lighthouse has recently had to be reinforced with jetties due to past erosion problems from uncontrollable weather conditions. This wonderful attraction can be viewed for just $3 per person ages 12 and older and $1 per person ages 6 to 11 (children under 5 are free). This is one town that has some of the most exquisite seafood restaurants on the eastern coast of New Jersey, due to the local fishing fleet. The food is caught and prepared by the locals fresh daily. Just check out the extensive list of restaurants on LBI.

Night life is a bit on the quiet side, which is fine for most people, since swimming, fishing and climbing the light house steps usually knocks everybody out. But if sun and sea put you in a party mood, can always travel to nearby boroughs for some action, such as Surf City or Beach Haven to experience all the fun that the island has to offer.

A VERY visitor friendly beach 

Daytime fun in Barnegat Light is plentiful at the beach and is accessible from any side street. Beach badges can be obtained for seasonal use down to daily use for a small fee. Bathrooms are available in designated areas and these also contain showers, which makes it great for day trippers. Parking is plentiful, and handicap parking is scattered throughout the area, and is usually found at the ends of the streets along the beach.

A great place to visit - and to rent

Barnegat Light, like all of the rest of the great towns on Long Beach Island, is a wonderful place to own a summer home, rent one for a few week's summer vacation, or just come down to spend the day.

Many families own summer homes and spend a good part of their summer enjoying weekends and maybe few weeks for themselves, and then rent them out for a few weeks. Helps them pay for the summer home, and gives you a lovely place to stay at a very reasonable cost!

And even if you decide to visit for just a day, there is so much to do in this big little town, that it is guaranteed to be a very full day.

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