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World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23

756 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
609-884-5404
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Ranked #7 of 22 Attractions in Cape May
Type: Lookouts
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Brooklyn, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

You will have to climb about 120 steps to get to the top but its well worth it, the view is great. The gentleman at the top will give you the history of the tower and its use and purpose during WWII. As an American I was honored to sit and listen to the history and his story as well,... More

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

The World War II Tower tells the story of a little known part of area history. It was part of Ft. Miles, the defense of the Delaware River and Bay and the critical industries and installations between Cape May and Philadelphia during the war. The climb is very manageable and the staff very knowledgeable and happy to share the story.... More

Franklinville, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We love this place its part of our summer vacations each and every year! We have traveled to Cape May even before the tower was completely renovated, but its a great piece of history with pictures and articles of that period and at the top of the tower you can see all around Cape May with a historian up in... More

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

The World War II Tower and the role it played in homeland defense during the war is little known but we're trying to change that. Thank you for visiting and please share your experience with others. More

Morristown, New Jersey
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Great place to ride your bike to visit. Good place for history buffs. First lookout tower I ever saw.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

The Tower tells an interesting and little known piece of Cape May's history. It was part of the defense of the Delaware River and Bay during World War II, keeping the critical industries safe from enemy ships. Our staff love to share the history with our guests. Thank you for visiting with us. More

casey5508
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

On a clear day we could see Delaware. The veterans who are there were extremely informative. It was great to see such a piece of history.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

We're glad when our visitors get the chance to learn a little bit about out history. The story of World War II at the shore is not too well-known and it is an important piece to remember. Thank you for visiting. More

New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Tower had a great view of the beach. The exhibits were impressive. Our guide came with us on opening time. When we got to his floor, he explained everything so well to us of the events in WWII and how Cape May got involved in the war coming to American shores. Had a photo with him. His name is... More

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

Dave is one of our treasures. He enjoys time both at the World War II Tower and at the Lighthouse and is delighted when he has a chance to share his knowledge and experiences with our visitors. Thank you for stopping by. More

Northern NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Definitely include this as part of your bike trip to the numerous sites around Cape May. Kids especially will enjoy the tower.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

This is a great place to visit if you're biking around the area. Not that many people know about the Tower or its role in the defense of the area during World War II and we're trying to change that. We're glad you discovered us. More

Milltown, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It is a detailed look back in history. Climb to the top and sit with the guide and listen to the wonderful stories of our great country's past. A learning experience for those interested in history.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

Our guides loved to share the Tower's history. It's a little known story and one that deserves retelling. Thanks for visiting. More

Laramie, Wyoming
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The day we went we were surprised to find a gentleman at the top in the observation deck. He was a volunteer there and explained all the history and its purpose. It was a great history lesson for our family! It takes just a few minutes to climb to the observation deck and his talk lasted about 10 minutes. After... More

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

It is great history and we're trying to get the word out. The story of the Tower and Fort Miles is not very well known or appreciated. Thanks for visiting and bringing your kids. We thin k it's important for youngsters to learn about the past. More

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The kids saw this tower when we were visiting Sunset Beach and had to explore. The climb is not for everyone- it is many steps but halfway up there is a landing with some historical artifacts. The kids loved the view from the top and the veteran that was at the admission desks was helpful in answering their questions

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

We think of it as our hidden jewel too. The World War II Tower is part of the little known Ft. Miles, the defense of the Delaware River and Bay during World War II. Thank you for letting your kids explore this piece of our past. More

Christiana, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I was impressed with the fact that the tower was preserved as a part of American History. My grandson and granddaughter climbed the steps and learned about a part of our history that I'm not sure many people know about. We need to keep places like this preserved!

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing your grandchildren to visit. Part of our goal in preserving the Tower is to tell this little known story and give visitors an appreciation for the impact of the war in our area. More

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