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

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Address: 756 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone Number: 609-884-5404
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A change of pace from the lighthouse

Everyone goes to the lighthouse but how many times do you get to see where they protected the Jersey shore from German submarines. You can see the concrete ship from the tower... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Lansdale, PA
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Lansdale, PA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Everyone goes to the lighthouse but how many times do you get to see where they protected the Jersey shore from German submarines. You can see the concrete ship from the tower and if you plan it right you can see the Cape May/ Lewes ferry go by. Lots of history and very well presented. I'm glad they were able... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We visited this museum this past Saturday and the volunteers were hard at work cleaning some of the planes. This is a daily work in progress and they are trying very hard to bring aviation and CG History back to life. We had an excellent time, reading all the information and displays posted throughout this huge hanger and some exhibits... More 

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Bordentown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Stop off here on your way to Sunset Beach. $6/person to see a piece of NJ history. Make sure to read some of the informative signs, as they really showcase one of historys little fails (the Tower was built and never got to be used!) Stairs were built for an easy climb, each floor has a tidbit of history and... More 

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New Jersey
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Worth the stop and climb on your way to Sunset Beach at Cape May Point. This well preserved WWII tower was part of the defense system of Delaware Bay as well as the river. Along with the old batteries on the beach near the Cape May Lighthouse they combined with the lookout towers/batteries situated at Cape Henlopen across the bay.... More 

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East Windsor, New Jersey
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My husband & I climbed up. There are little exhibits breaking up your climb. Very interesting learning about how the NJ coast was affected during WW II.

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

$6/person. Vets free. Cool piece of history. 10 minute lesson when you reach the top of tower. Vets work in the tower, so they have some cool stories as well!

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It has escaped many that action during the world war made it to our coastline. Reading the history behind these observation towers is informative and eye opening. Most of the towers are located in Delaware outside the Rehoboth Beach area, which is where I first noticed them. The tower in NJ is most preserved and explained.

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

Our Tower is part of the coastal defense system known as Ft. Miles. It has interesting but little story that we are trying to tell. Thanks for visiting with us. More 

Rhode Island
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225 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This Lookout Tower was used during the WWII to spot U Boats but is now used as a fire control tower. You can enter for a fee but we weren't enticed to do so - seemed pricey for the short climb. There is a small memorial in the front of the tower and the description and information on the tower... More 

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

One of the hidden treasures at the World War II Tower is the observer stationed at the top. The observers are well trained and knowledgeable about the area's history and the purpose of the building. The term fire control refers to the aiming of the guns (or triangulation). It has never been used to spot fires. There is a large... More 

York, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
36 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The WWII Lookout Tower shows a little known part of the war. It shows how Americans had to watch our shoreline for enemy invasion. It brings to life how real the danger and fear of an invasion was. Yet also shows how ready we were for one none the less. We may know now that an invasion never happened, but... More 

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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 visiting and understanding the importance of this structure to the area. More 

D.C.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Signage at the Lookout Tower base was outstanding, really tells the story of how and where and why the towers were built. The ?schedule? of when you can actually go into and up the tower is a bad joke for a heavily advertised attraction. Should be staffed like nearby lighthouse. Seems to be open a few days in year rather... More 

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

We try our best to make the schedule available to the public, on our website, in our publications and on the Tower's Facebook page. For whatever reason, there has been little interest in the Tower during the winter months so we close to the public from November till April. We are open daily for the rest of the year. Open... More 

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