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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 19 Attractions in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Lookouts, Landmarks
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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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NJ
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We walked up 199 stairs but it had little rest areas on the way up. Great view for pictures. Much easier on the way down.

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West Windsor Township, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

The Cape May Lighthouse is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the state, if not the East Coast. Rising high above Cape May Beach, it is a true beacon for visitors, and, because it is a working lighthouse, to ships as well. My friend and I visited this iconic landmark during the Lighthouse Challenge, held every October, (during which... More

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Union City, New Jersey
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46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

scenic and historic lighthouse; great views from the top, $8 admission. nice museum onsite, birdwatching, and history, concrete WW II bunker on the beach.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Near the lighthouse you can find a museum with information about sea life and birds, and the birds observatory. There are places to rest and eat too.

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Peekskill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Its a steep climb, but the landings every 30 steps help to let those that go faster pass by, and let some people catch their breath. The views at the top are second to none.

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

Imagine having to carry two 5 gallon barrels of oil or kerosene to the top with you! We have it much easier than the keepers of old. The view from the top is well worth the time and energy it takes to do the climb. Glad you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for climbing. More

Bethel, Connecticut
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It is certainly a climb to the top but once you are up there what a view! Make sure you don't drop anything on your way up the stairs (like I did! my lens cap!) :)

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

It is 199 steps to the top but the time and energy it takes is worth the view you get from the top. There are landings every 30 steps so you can catch your bre3ath and read up on lighthouse history and lore as you climb. We're glad you visited. More

New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

A nautical landmark of distinct beauty on the beach at Cape May Point. Climb the 217 steps up to the lantern room for a breathtaking view of the ocean, the bay, the beaches, wildlife refuge areas, parks, lakes and ponds as well as Cape May, West Cape and Cape May Point. On clear days you may so as far as... More

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

Breathtaking is the perfect description. There isn't a better view in Cape May County. Thanks for visiting. More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
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159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Even if you've visited lighthouses before, and we've seen many, it's worth the climb for the historical signs on the way up the spiral staircase (where you can rest) and the view on top. The lighthouse is located in a small park that has a museum, walking trails, and observation and stairs to the beach. Be sure to visit them... More

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

The view from the top is certainly a reward for taking the time to climb. We like to think it's the best view of the Cape. The Lighthouse and State Park can keep you occupied for the better part of a day. Thank you for visiting. More

Grande Prairie, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

None of the summer time crowds. None of the summer time traffic congestion. But, the ocean is still here with very few on the beautiful beaches. This is such a gorgeous place with so many beautiful Victorian homes. The bird watching is impressive. We would opt to come again in the off-season.

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

The Fall s a beautiful time to visit. Fewer people, more leisurely pace, plenty to do and the weather is still mild. There are activities through the holiday season and weekends during the winter, which makes Cape May a resort for all seasons. Thanks for visiting with us. More

Dallastown, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Nice park at the edge of the ocean and a lighthouse to check out to boot. Nothing like seeing the sunset with a lighthouse in the frame.

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

The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park. It's one of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities' historic sites and operates independently from the state park, which offers nature trails, the hawk watch platform and a small museum of local history. Thanks for stopping by. More

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