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Absecon Lighthouse Sleepovers: The “Keeper Sleeper” Experience

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be a 19th-century lighthouse keeper (and who hasn’t?), Absecon Lighthouse offers an overnight program dubbed “Keeper Sleeper.” The program is one of the most popular Atlantic City activities for Girl and Boy Scout troops, and the program is open to other youth groups as well.
Keeper Sleeper attendees will be immersed in the lighthouse experience, learning about the history of Absecon Lighthouse and the lifestyles of the keepers who lived there. Did you know that before electricity was brought to Absecon Lighthouse in 1925, the lighthouse keeper used to have to haul up to four gallons of oil to the top of the lighthouse every day to keep the light on all night?

The highlight of the Keeper Sleeper 'experience' is the Absecon Lighthouse tour and nighttime climb to the top of the 171-foot lighthouse – the tallest in New Jersey and third-tallest masonry lighthouse in the U.S. – to examine the lens up-close and to admire the views of Atlantic City and the Atlantic Ocean.

The evening includes games and activities, such as a lighthouse-building contest. Visitors sleep on the floor of the keeper’s house, and in the morning all guests are treated to a continental breakfast and a second lighthouse climb to take in the scenery in the daylight.


The cost is $45 per person with a maximum group size of 35. Keeper Sleeper programs can be tailored to suit special events such as birthday parties. The Keeper Sleeper programs are held Saturdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 a.m. the following day. Keeper Sleeper programs can be booked year-round. For more information on one of the top Atlantic City activities for kids, visit the Absecon Lighthouse website.