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Cape May Lighthouse

Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point State Park, Cape May, NJ 08204
609-884-5404
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Ranked #4 of 22 Attractions in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Lookouts
Owner description: 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, fully restored. Climb 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. Open daily.... more » Owner description: 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, fully restored. Climb 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. Open daily. Evening trolley tours. Museum shop. « less
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Mentor
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Just a great place to look over the beach, homes in the area IF you climb to the top. Worth the climb. Also at this area is a spot for watching migrating bird activity

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

You can't be the view from the top of the Lighthouse. The view is worth the time and energy it takes to climb the 199 steps. This is a great time to visit since the Fall bird migration is in full swing. Thanks for coming by. More

Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The small museum was interesting and done well. We noted that even little children were thoroughly enjoying the small animals exhibits, the displays etc. The ramps to the beach were well kept and great for viewing! Love to see the old fort eventually reopened for exploring!

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

The State Park is a great place to spend the day with kids. There's so much to do. The remains of the World War II gun emplacement is unfortunately beyond restoration but it serves as a reminder of our past. Thanks for visiting. More

Palos Heights, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

we climbed the 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse, Great view and learned some interesting facts about the lighthouse.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

It's 199 steps to the best view in Cape May County. There's nowhere else you can get this panoramic view and the keepers love to share their knowledge with visitors. Thanks for stopping by. More

Erwinna, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

there was a bit of a line and a bit crowded at the top, but the gentlemen working there were very friendly and informative and the view is worth the hike up!

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

The Lighthouse can be a popular place on a beautiful day. It seems like everyone has the same idea, to enjoy of the incredible view of the Cape. If you pace yourself, it's a relatively easy climb and the reward is certainly the view. Thanks for visiting. More

Wheeling, West Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I find lighthouses to be fascinating pieces of architecture and the lighthouse at Cape May is a perfect example of a great lighthouse. What's ideal about the area surrounding the lighthouse is that there's plenty of free parking and just the right sized landscaping so that no matter what your position around the building you can take a great picture... More

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

The view from the top is great. You have a panoramic view of the Cape. It's takes some time and energy to climb the 199 steps but there are landings every 30 steps in case you need to rest an catch your breath. The State Park is a fun place to spend the day, with a small museum, nature trails... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Get your exercise on and climb these 150+ stairs and take in the view! Very nice facility. Nice grounds with lots of areas to hike.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

199 steps, to be exact! It is good exercise and the reward for the time and energy is a breath-taking view of the Cape. The Lighthouse and State Park provide plenty of activity for a day with the family. Thanks for climbing. More

Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you haven't done this anywhere yet or even if you have don't miss this chance to do so here. Also don't miss the adjacent nature walk and WW II bunker. These are all kept up fairly well.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

The chance to climb a working lighthouse is a rare opportunity. While the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities has restored and maintains the tower, the US Coast Guard maintains the light and it's been an active aid to navigation since 1859. We're glad you visited. More

New York City
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We took the family up the light house and appreciated all of the information that Rosemary (who is at the top waiting) imparted. I won't tell how many steps you have to climb, but take your time!

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

After climbing the 199 steps, the view from the top is certainly a reward. You have a panoramic view of the Cape. 199 steps may seem like a long way to go but there are landings every 30 steps so you can stop and catch your breath and read the displays to learn more about the Lighthouse and its history.... More

Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great view. Worth the 199 steps! What family fun. Our 5 year old counted the steps on the way up and then back down.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for bringing the family. In addition to counting the steps, your son can learn about optics and history by climbing the Lighthouse. Congratulations to the little guy for his achievement. More

Spartanburg, South Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The surrounding area was delightful, especially the bird watching. The beach was quiet, and the water was delightful.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this review

This is a great time to visit the Lighthouse. The fall bird migration has started and the Monarch butterflies are coming through too. We're happy you stopped by. More

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