Navesink (Twin Light) Lighthouse

Trip Start May 16, 2003
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Trip End May 16, 2010


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Flag of United States  , New Jersey
Monday, February 26, 2007

We originally set up to find the Sandy Hook lighthouse, and followed the directions, but ended up at the Navesink (Twin Light) lighthouse, which was just fine.
 
The structure, built in the 1860's is very interesting.  Originally it was meant as an early warning system from a possible invasion, and later used as a lighthouse.  The towers are 64 feet high and connected by what used to be the lighthouse keeper's house, now a museum.

 

The museum is very interesting and shows the maritime history of the region, the artifacts are great, a huge compass, ship's steering wheel (about 6 feet high), and a huge lens used in the lighthouse to name a few.
The grounds are very nice, lots of room for the kids to run around (including the museum, where they can spin the steering wheel), with appropriate artifacts (huge anchors).
 
Entrance is free and you can climb to the top of the tower, where the view is excellent.  The climb, however, is narrow and steep.  The lighthouse is manned and supported by the Twin Light Historical Society, which are doing a great job.
 
We went to eat lunch at Bahr's Landing, a restaurant maybe two minutes away from the lighthouse.  We had clam chowder, lobster bisque, cheeseburger, salmon, crabcakes, beer and coffee to the tune of around $80 (including tax and tip), the food was very good, service was excellent and we had a window sit to the harbor which made it all much better.
 
On the way back we stopped at a scenic overview, but it was too cold to step out.  We found out that our original destination, the Sandy Hook lighthouse was very close, so now we know for next time.

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