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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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We planned on just a quick stop to take some photos of the Cape May Lighthouse ... we ended up being there for hours! The little nature museum, the World War II history, the migrating birds area (the volunteers there were very informative & nice), the photo opportunities, the sweet little gift shop ... all of that and we didn't... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit. What more can I say. Go early to avoid crowds. Why do they want to use 50 words.

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

The Cape May Lighthouse is a rare treasure- a working lighthouse and a museum rolled into one. When you climb the 199 steps, you're treated to a panoramic view of the Cape. We're glad you stopped by. More

Reading, Pennsylvania
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163 reviews 163 reviews
92 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Easy to find with GPS. Large parking lot. Check on times that the lighthouse is open tho from September on as the hours are more limited than the summer. Restrooms and visitor's center with nature trails around the parking lot. You will pay inside the lighthouse. Several plaques at the base and along the way up the stairs that explain... More

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

We're glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for describing the experience so well. Climbing the 199 steps takes some time and energy but the breath-taking view is totally worth the effort. The Lighthouse hours pretty match the State Park hours in the summer. The park closes at dusk. From September through the spring, the Lighthouse hours are shorter and... More

Mentor
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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

torrington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I walked up all 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking view. There are areas to stop along the way.

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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

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
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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

PA
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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

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