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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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Selbyville, Delaware
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I was there to enjoy the beautiful fall weather with my ADA certified dog to get exercise as prescribed by my neurosurgeon as I was stopped by a bird watching group that I Gould not be there with my dog. There was no concern frm the group when i shared my disability - they only focused on the no pets... More

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Nice view at the top. Worth the trip and $8, but perhaps if there was something a bit more personal like someone to meet you at the top and tell you a bit about it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Best place in the world to see birds in migration in early Fall. The lookout point near the lighthouse draws crowds from all over the world who come to see hawks, eagles, monarch butterflies and dragonflies all on their way south for the winter. Beautiful hiking trails and nature and the audubon society is usually on hand to identify the... More

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Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Always wanted to go up the lighthouse since I was a little girl. My husband and I were coming back to Cape May for a couple days and it was on my list. We're not the most physical specimens but we eventually made it to the top. Gorgeous views! Our legs felt every step for a couple days afterwards but... More

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited this lighthouse back in the spring and were glad we did. It took me a while to get to the top, since I was a few months pregnant at the time, but the view was worth the slow climb. We recommend going if you've never been!

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

we always hike the trails near the lighthouse. wonderful bird sightings and plenty of educational markings regarding wildlife and trees etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful and historic setting in Cape May. It was fun watching the birds and the bird watchers at the Bird Sanctuary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

The 199 steps up to the top of the lighthouse are worth the climb for magnificent views of Cape May point and the ocean. Free parking. Lighthouse closes at 4pm for climbing, small fee. Cute affordable gift shop. Informative and historic. Beautiful grounds. Excellent observation deck for bird watching. A must do when visiting south jersey.

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York, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

If you can handle walking up the 199 stairs & don't mind heights, it is very pleasant at the top of the lighthouse. We were there on a pretty day and enjoyed the view and the breeze.

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

The Lighthouse climb is very doable, with landings every 30 steps so you can stop to catch your breath if necessary and read the display panels on lighthouse history and mechanics. The view from the top is well worth the climb. Thank you for visiting. More

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Spent a wonderful weekend here - it's not just a 199-step lighthouse, there were everything around the park: forests, swamps, ponds and even beaches. My kids were busy with the animals, and I got a wonderful set of picturesque sunset at the top of the lighthouse.

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

The Cape May Lighthouse and Cape May Poi8nt State Park provide hours of entertainment for families. The lighthouse is both a museum and a working aid to navigation. The keepers on duty have a huge store of knowledge of lighthouse legend and lore and are only too happy to share it with visitors and the view from the top is... More

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