SANDY HOOK - The annual Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey gets underway Oct. 16 and 17 with visitors invited to take the challenge of visiting each of the ten land-based lighthouses, museums and three life saving stations in the Garden State before 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.
The most northern of the lights is Sandy Hook Light, also the oldest still operating lighthouse in the United States, close to the Twin Lights Lighthouse and Museum in Highlands, where the Pledge of allegiance was recited publicly for the first time, followed by the Sea Girt Light, Squan Beach Lifesaving station, Barnegat Light and Museum, Tucker’s Island Light, US life Saving station 30, Tatham Life Saving Station, and Cape May Light, all on the Atlantic Ocean, as well as East Point Light on the Maurice River and Finns Point, and Tinicum lights , both on the Delaware.
The event is rain or shine, and participants pay a $4 registration fee at their first stop. They will be given a frameable collage of all the New Jersey sites on the Challenge, and will receive a sticker for each site with its identifying picture for the collage.
Persons who complete the Challenge by visiting each site by 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and have collected each of the stickers will have their names included in a drawing for a basket of assorted prizes worth more than $500.
Children 11 years of age and under can climb free with an adult. Funds raised by the Challenge go towards continued preservation, education and restoration of the historic structures. The program is funded in part by a grant from the NJ Department of State, division of Travel & Tourism.
For more information, follow Lighthouse Challenge of NJ at https://lighthousechallengenj.com/