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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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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I was the only "brave" enough in my party to walk up and down the 200 stairs of the Cape May Lighthouse. Not going to lie, it is a steep and narrow climb to the top, but it is much easier on the way down. There really is no room to have more than one person climb at a time,... More

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Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

there was a show in the small building next to the lighthouse, small animals were presented to the audience, like, turtles, snakes,etc. the children were thrilled

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Harrisburg, PA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our family of 4 very much enjoyed our visit to the state park and lighthouse. The museum was a bit weak, but we loved walking the trails! The beach is quite nice though not a swimming beach. Lots of free parking and nice pavilions to eat your lunch. The visit to the lighthouse was very special. We thoroughly enjoyed the... More

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Ohio
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17 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This site charges $8 per person to climb the lighthouse. It is not worth the price- it is a great view but the site is designed to take advantage of tourists. Skip it- there are better things to do like walk the trails & on the beach.

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

Maintaining a lighthouse is a labor of love for our organization but it is not an inexpensive task. The tower is subject to winds and weather and is more than 150 years old so it needs a lot of TLC. Our Members help through their membership dues and can climb the tower any time as a benefit of membership. Our... More

Kensington, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The lighthouse is beautiful, but they also have great viewing areas to check out the birds, too! Love it!

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

You can't beat the view from the top of the Lighthouse but the entire State Park offers great vistas and the birding is wonderful. Thanks for visiting. More

Mira Loma, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit. My grandsons loved it. 200 steps to get to the top. Also restrooms are close. Beach is a short walk from lighthouse. Beautiful white sand!! Been there two times now and a must see!

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

Once you climb the 199 steps to the op, your reward is a breathtaking view. It's a workout but worth it. The State Park with its nature trails, museum and bird-watching platforms is a great place to spend a day. Don't miss the World War II bunker on the beach. More

Bethany Beach
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Needed some diversion from beach and pool so drove over to the Cape May Lighthouse. The lighthouse is in a park like setting which is very nice and staffed by caring and knowledgeable people. The lighthouse provides a great scenic view of the beach and other areas around town. Very interesting to see how much higher the water is now... More

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

A visit to the Cape May Lighthouse and State Park is a great way to spend the day. The views from the top are unbeatable and the keepers love to share their knowledge with visitors. If you're a birder, the State Park is the perfect place to increase your life list. It's great any time of year. Thanks for visiting... More

North Brunswick, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My boyfriend and I were looking to do something that was not the beach since it had been cloudy, and this was perfect! A beautiful park, kind people. Wonderful view, and you get to see the beach bunker from WWII as well. Enjoyed the museum which was very informational and interesting. Def a must to do when visiting Cape May,... More

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

The Lighthouse is a great activity. The climb is good cardio. The view is spectacular and the keepers love to share their knowledge with visitors. The State Park, with its museum and nature trails, is alos a must see. Thanks for visiting. More

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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Cape May Point Lighthouse always welcomes us to the Point. It is beautiful to look at from the outside and we often comment on how beautiful it looks from the beach or around town. Take the trip up to the top, It gives you and the family a bit of exercise and offers a great view of the surrounding... More

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

The Lighthouse has been a beacon from land and sea since 1859. The view from the top is breathtaking and worth the climb. Thank you for visiting. More

Camillus, New York
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My husband travelled up the 199 stairs to the top of the lighthouse, as I am afraid of heights and claustrophobic. He said there are 6 different landings so that there is a break in between all the stairs. There was a guide at the top to explain all about the light house, it's function, and why they are used,... More

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

The Lighthouse can be a challenging climb bit there are landings every 30 steps so you can catch your breath, read the information panels and see the views from the windows. It's worth the time and energy because the view is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. The keepers are very knowledgeable and love to share their information with visitors. Thank you... More

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