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Cape May Lighthouse

Address: Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point State Park, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone Number: 609-884-5404
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Ranked #4 of 51 things to do in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, fully restored. Climb 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking view of the...
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Type: Lighthouses, Lookouts, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It was quite a trek to the top but the beautiful views from the top were well worth the trip. Easy to get to, plenty of parking, well worth visiting while in Cape May.

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

You really can't beat the view from the top of the Lighthouse. It's a great reward for climbing the 199 steps. Thanks for stopping by. More 

Rhode Island
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302 reviews 302 reviews
224 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was the third lighthouse built on the point! Interesting because it was built as part of a Harbor Defense Project during WWII. There is an old bunker on the beach which was used during the Korean Was as a radio transmitting station so it is a very interesting area. The lighthouse is still in use today but we didn't... More 

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

The bunker on the beach was part of Fort Miles, the defense installation constructed to safeguard the Delaware River and Bay during World War II. The Lighthouse dates from 1859 and is indeed the third tower build to aid mariners. The views from the top are overwhelming. Thanks for visiting. More 

New York, New York, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Have been going there for over 60 years and its wonderful anytime but special at sunset. A great bike ride from anywhere in Cape May on an early evening.

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

Cape May Point State Park and the Lighthouse should be on everyone's list of must dos when in the area. There's so much to see and do and it's a beautiful area any time of the day. Thanks for stopping by. More 

York, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
33 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Sitting right on the shore of Cape May and away from the busy town, the lighthouse provides great views of the ocean, the nature center, and nearby buildings. And being the tallest building in the area, you can see straight out with out any building getting in you way. You don't have to fight downtown traffic or deal with hard... More 

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

The Lighthouse provides unparalleled views of the area. It is 199 steps to the top but there are landings every 30 steps to stop and catch your breath and enjoy the views in all direction. The Lighthouse reopened for the season Presidents' Weekend. It's a bracing climb right now but the views are still breathtaking. Thanks for visiting. More 

D.C.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

View great, friendly staff, 199 steps, 360* on a cold clear day the best, much parking, museum great for families with young kids

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Lewes, Delaware
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

There wasn't much to do in Cape May on Christmas Day but the weather was great, so we enjoyed birding at the lighthouse. Saw a lot of swallows, ducks, swans and a beautiful bald eagle.

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

Cape May Point State Park is a great place to spend the day any time of year. Please come back and climb the Lighthouse some day. More 

Miami
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438 reviews 438 reviews
126 attraction reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We drove from Philly to Cape May last Saturday afternoon as the weather was pleasant and were very happy to see this famous lighthouse in person. The parking is easy and there are restrooms readily available as well as good history on the lighthouse which was build in 1859 (the third lighthouse I believe on this site). They closed the... More 

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

We are planning to give our Lighthouse a fresh coat of paint but as you can imagine, it's an expensive proposition. We're trying to assemble the funds to do so. Thanks for visiting. More 

Fredericksburg, Va
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123 reviews 123 reviews
19 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The lighthouse is in the Cape May state park, which in addition to the lighthouse has viewing platforms to bird watch or just enjoy the scenery. The beach is clean and easily accessible. There is also a museum of sorts to visit, and tourist info and toilets available. The park is open all year, but the lighthouse only on weekends... More 

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

The Cape May Lighthouse and Cape May Point State Park provide plenty of activities to entertain visitors. The reward for a trip to the top of the Lighthouse is a panoramic view of the Cape. The keeper at the top is always delighted to share lighthouse history and lore with visitors. The State Park is a top site for birders... More 

Cape May, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Spectacular views of the Jersey and Delaware shorelines, well maintained, many steps, Wetlands Institute on grounds, birding observatories nearby. Lots to do/see in relatively close proximity.

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

The Cape May Lighthouse and Cape May Point State Park provide lots of activity for different interests. whether you're interested in history, natural environment or birding, you'll find something of interest. Thanks for visiting. More 

Royal Oak, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Cape May Lighthouse was the first lighthouse we visited during our drive up the New Jersey Atlantic shoreline & it was a grey skies rainy day. The lighthouse, built in 1859 sits on the southern tip of New Jersey. It is the third tower to be built and it sits at the end of a winding series of streets... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Lighthouse. Please come back on a sunny day so you can better appreciate the beauty of the area and the view from the top. More 

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