Inlet's Legacy Unveiled

A journey through the Rich Tapestry of Our Landmarks and History.


Journey Through Absecon Island

Absecon Inlet is a beautiful water passage connecting barrier islands in Absecon and Reeds Bays, Atlantic County, New Jersey, to the expansive Atlantic Ocean. Along its southern shore is Absecon Island, housing the lively city of Atlantic City, with the iconic Absecon Lighthouse at its southern end and Brigantine Island to the north, connected by the Brigantine Bridge.

This navigable inlet is suitable for small vessels, providing access to the calm waters of Absecon and Reed’s Bays. 

The name “Absecon” originates from the Native Lenape People’s term “Absegami,” meaning “little water,” reflecting the historical importance of the waterway now known as Absecon Creek.

Aerial shot of The Atlantic City inlet and Brigantine Coast

Discover the vibrant connection between Atlantic City's lively atmosphere and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean where historical tides meet.

Inlet History

Safeguarding the Shore:

Absecon Lighthouse's Beacon of Change in 19th Century Atlantic City

In the 19th century, the waters off Absecon Inlet were notorious for shipwrecks. Dr. Jonathan Pitney, a key figure in Atlantic City’s development, advocated for a lighthouse to enhance maritime safety. The construction of Absecon Lighthouse in 1857 marked a turning point, preventing shipwrecks and contributing to the growth of Atlantic City. Over time, coastal changes and engineering efforts, including the construction of jetties, shaped the landscape, forming the Inlet we see today. Absecon Inlet, as described in 1878, remains a vital waterway for small coasting vessels, connecting the tranquil Absecon and Reed’s Bays with the Atlantic Ocean. Today, it stands as a testament to the region’s rich history, linking communities and providing a gateway to both the past and the vibrant present.

Inlet Resident Testimonial

I moved to South Jersey in 1980 due to my employment at Harrah’s Casino. After working in Atlantic City for the next 20 years but living elsewhere, I decided it was time to invest in the city that had given me the opportunity to do so.

In 2000, the Casino Redevelopment Authority funded the development and construction of homes in the Inlet Section of the city, designated as Ocean Side One. The plan was to increase homeowner occupancy in Atlantic City. I bought into this idea of making Atlantic City a better place to live, and the Inlet Section seemed like a great place to start.

For the last 22 years, as a member of the First Ward Civic Assistants and alongside others, I have been working towards making every day in the Inlet Community a great day. I care about where I live and believe in the positive impact we can make-

Ernest Taylor | U.S. Army Veteran

Join us in witnessing the renaissance of the Inlet, where the community’s collaborative spirit has given rise to the Inlet Revitalization Action Strategy.


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