It is the perfect time of year on Long Beach Island. The lights are off, the beaches are empty, and the swells are big. The small town of Barnegat Light is located at the most northern tip of this magical 18-mile barrier island. With all it has to offer, Barnegat Light is the perfect place to reflect and relax this fall.
Among many things, Barnegat Light is known for the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. A very popular spot to explore, you can climb the lighthouse, picnic, fish, and lose yourself in the scenery. The state park includes the Barnegat Lighthouse Interpretive Center. This small museum will walk you through the history of the lighthouse frim shipwrecks to technology to duties of the keepers.
Yearning to learn more? A few blocks from the state park is the Barnegat Light Museum run by the Barnegat Light Historical Society. It is home to the original lens as well as exhibits related to the area and its rich history.
Take a trip to Viking Village while the stores are still open. This fishing hub is one of the busiest commercial seafood ports of the east coast. You can check out the port in actions on a weekly basis with a Dock Tour. Enjoy some fresh Barnegat Light fish or scallops for a real treat!
Looking to chow down while in the area? Need to warm up? Head to Kubel’s. They have a cozy fireplace and an awesome happy hour. They are open year-round for lunch and dinner every day. Daymark is a more upscale restaurant open through the fall for lunch and dinner daily with brunch on the weekends. Check out How You Brewin’ for the best coffee on the north end.
Trying to be more adventurous? Explore the wild side by booking an offshore fishing trip. Climb aboard the Miss Barnegat Light and get ready to catch some tuna or stripper depending on the trip you choose! With a full-service professional staff, you have all the help you could need. The sleeping accommodations are 27 bunks on board. With bait supplied, all you need to bring is some food, your rods or you can rent them, and a positive attitude!
Into surfing? Fall swells never disappoint with hurricane season providing the goods. While the beach replenishment can put a damper on the surf in the summer, the off season on LBI, and Barnegat Light specifically, is the place to be.
BL in the off season is a relaxing and quaint place to be. Whether the draw for you is the crisp and cool beach days or the cozy ones by the fire, there is plenty to do when on vacation. Use the time, and the quiet, to relax, write a book, or discover the hidden gem Barnegat light is.