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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
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, 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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Cape May, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 

Atlantic City
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

Cape May, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

wonderful place to enjoy and worth several trips. the lighthouse, the surrounding area (birdwatching, beaches, trails, butterflies....) and there are several activities and events during the year that are lots of fun. kids climb free with paid adult companions!

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

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. There is certainly lots to do at the Lighthouse and State Park throughout the year. Thanks for visiting. More 

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a multiple attraction area. Plenty of parking, walking trails, nature center, and a WWII submarine lookout structure that keeps threatening to slide into the sea. Early morning yoga classes.

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

History, nature, the best birding around. Cape May Point State Park is a wonderful place to spend some time. Thank you for coming to see us. More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My family in Cape may had a family reunion in the park under one of the picnic pavilions and it was so nice seeing the relatives who live down in Cape may nj full time. Park was pristinely clean and free of debris. The beach was great because we had a scavenger hunt set up for the kids. Beautiful place... More 

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

It's a great place to spend some time. I hope you had a chance to climb the Lighthouse too. You can't beat the view. Thanks for visiting with us. More 

Cape May, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Wow! Worth every step. What a gorgeous view. The informational posters on the landings are well done and certainly added to the experience.

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

It is a great view, the best around. The Lighthouse is full of history and the keepers love to share their knowledge. Thanks for climbing. More 

New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Buy tickets at the base, you can climb up the stairs to the top, but be prepared, it's like going to the gym and using the stairmaster on high setting for an hour. The view from the top is definitely worth it, though. Nice park surrounding the lighthouse as well.

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

You do get your cardio in at the Lighthouse. It's a hike- 199 steps- but there are landings every 30 steps if you need a break. Thanks for visiting. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Be sure to take in the museum; small but provides complete expositon of Cape May important historical facts; beach access and expansive picnic area make this an all-day venue

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

Cape May Point State is a great place to spend a day. Make sure you climb the Lighthouse too, for the best view of the Cape. Thanks for coming to see us. More 

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