Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

'Old Barney,' the 1859 lighthouse at the north tip of LBI, receives half a million visitors each year. The adjoining state park, filled with berry and holly bushes, bustles with bird life. If you can clamber up 217 steps, it's worth the view.

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