Barnegat Light was the first, and most northern town, founded on the barrier island. The Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is one of the many places to explore. It is the home of Old Barney, the second lighthouse to have served the Barnegat Bay area after the first fell into the sea. Adjacent Old Barney, was a keeper’s house which sadly was eventually taken over by the ocean as well. After World War II, the lighthouse no longer serviced the area and was given to the state of New Jersey. Now, during the hours of operation, visitors are able to climb to the top and experience 360 degrees of breathtaking views.
Following your climb, wander around Viking Village. It is a quaint hub for commercial and recreational fishing, the Coast Guard Headquarters, and it offers stores and restaurants. If you are looking to explore, wander over to the ocean side of 11th street. Venture through the brush and over the dunes to discover the rusting mass of the Sea King, a boat that was ship wrecked in the early 60’s and is now buried under the dunes. If you are in search of relaxation, grab your beach gear since Barnegat Light has plenty of extremely wide beaches where you are sure to not be bothered by a soul, if you chose.