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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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New Windsor, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

The museum as small as it was had a lot of great local info about the history of Cape May. Good inexpensive day trip with the kids or for adults. Pet friendly.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The lighthouse is very nice and the history is documented as you walk up, but once you get to the top half of the outside space is completely infested with wasps. According to the guide up there this is not a new problem. It seemed dangerous and should have been mentioned before we paid to climb up there.

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New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Not bad, not spectacular. The view is pretty nice, the cost is a little steep, the gift shop is average and typical. Like all the purple martin houses on the premises!

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Metro, NJ
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

something different to do instead of sit at beach or shop. It's in a location that has other things such as bird watching, seashell hunting, trails and biking. You could make a day of it but suggest you bring the bug spray if it is a hot day and you want to walk in the trails.

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

There are many things to do at the Cape May Point State Park including a visit to the Cape May Lighthouse. he tower is a museum and working lighthouse. It's 199 steps to the top and an incredible view of the Cape. We're glad you enjoyed your experience. More

Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Climbing the steps to the top is certainly a workout! The view from the top of the lighthouse is spectacular- you can see Cape May and Delaware. We biked around the area and felt the flavor of the historical Seagrove community.

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

Climbing the 199 steps can be a workout but there are landings every 30 steps, so you can catch your breath and read the interpretive panels about the tower. The view from the top is your reward. You just can't beat the panoramic view of the Cape. Thanks for climbing. More

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This lighthouse was a great find. It was great being able to climb to the top! Lovely photo opportunities as well! Very informative and helpful staff as well, made this a wonderful stop.

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

You can't beat the view from the top o he Lighthouse. It's well worth the time and energy it takes to climb the 199 steps, and the keepers at the top love sharing their knowledge of lighthouse history and lore with visitors. Thanks you for climbing. More

pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Nice area to explore and watch the many birds in the marshes. Easy trails to hike through the dunes and lots of spots for that perfect photo. Well kept, rest rooms, etc.

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

It is a beautiful area. I hope you had a chance to climb the Lighthouse. The climb is 199 steps but very doable with a landing every 30 steps. The view from the top can't be beat. hank you for visiting. More

Falling Waters, West Virginia, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We took the tour of this wonderful lighthouse. Standing very tall to see from anywhere. The walking paths near the lighthouse were exceptional. The migrating butterflies were everywhere this time of the year. Bird watching is also a big deal. Birds of all prey come into this area.

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

You can easily fill your day with a visit tot eh Cape May Lighthouse and Cape May Point State Park. The Lighthouse is a history lesson, capped off with incredible views of the Cape. The State Park, with its nature trails, museum and hawk watch platform, is a nature lovers dream. The Fall is a beautiful time to visit both... More

Trooper, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

History frozen in time. The history is awesome. It's just a stunning monument. I climb every year just to see the changes of nature.

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

The Cape May Lighthouse is a rare treasure, both a working lighthouse and a museum. It tells the story of a coastal community, the life of the keepers and the history of lighthouses all at the same time. Thanks for visiting. More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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

We're glad you enjoyed the Lighthouse and State Park. It is a lovely area to spend the day, with lots to see and do. You must come back for a climb. It takes some time and energy to climb the 199 steps but there's a reward at the top- the breathtaking view. More

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