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Cape May Lighthouse

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Address: Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point State Park, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone Number: 609-884-5404
Description: 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, fully restored. Climb 199 steps to the top for a...
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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Beautiful spot at Sunset

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
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New York, New York, United States
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New York, New York, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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York, Pennsylvania
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8 helpful votes 8 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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D.C.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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429 reviews 429 reviews
125 attraction reviews
297 helpful votes 297 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
86 helpful votes 86 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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7 helpful votes 7 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
24 helpful votes 24 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 

Leonardo
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We love Cape May, and no visit is complete without a visit to the lighthouse! Very historical and beautiful views of the Cape. It's like traveling back to yesteryear. Great trip for the whole family and if you take the drive to Atlantic City, travel just a bit further and see this quaint town!

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

A visit to the Lighthouse is fun and educational. During the climb, you can read about the history of the tower and once you reach the top, the views are unmatchable. Thanks for visiting. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

The lighthouse is always our first stop when we visit Cape May. Our grandchildren love climbing to the top. The keepers are friendly and knowledgeable and are obviously proud of taking care of a very special historic treasure. The view from the top is amazing. Don't miss visiting the Cape May Lighthouse.

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

Thank you for sharing this piece of history with your grandchildren. Our keepers are happy to share their knowledge and love of the tower with visitors. We're glad you stopped by and look forward to seeing you again. More 

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