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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
Justin W
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York, Pennsylvania
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York, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
33 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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D.C.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Coming upon this relic on the trip to Sunset Beach from Cape May was a quite a surprise. Growing up on the west coast, nothing was left to see, even if there were any coastal watching points. Just before Sunset Beach is an appropriate place, because there is a nightly lowering of the flag while remembering those who gave their... More 

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

The Tower is a remnant of Ft. Miles, the defense of the Delaware River and Bay. It tells a little known story of homeland defense as well as serving as a memorial for veterans. Thank you for visiting. More 

Miami
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430 reviews 430 reviews
125 attraction reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

If you are interested in history, especially WWII history, pay this tower a visit. For $6 you can climb to the top an learn more about its use in defending the coastline. It's now on the NJ Register of Historic Places. It's also an important memorial for Cape May Veterans.

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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 a little known story, the area's role in the defense of the Delaware Bay and River. It's also a tribute to local veterans who served our country so unselfishly. Thanks for visiting. More 

Union City, New Jersey
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136 reviews 136 reviews
47 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

on Sunset Beach, a few shops and some interesting history- concrete ship offshore, and a climb up the WW II tower; $6 admission, nice view from top.

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

The Tower is part of Ft. Miles, the defense of the Delaware River and Bay during WWII. It's not a well known story and we're glad you took the time to learn about it. Thanks for visiting. More 

Magnolia, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Unique structure well kept grounds on site historians and lots of WWII memorabilia. This is a nice attraction to stop at to not only pay respect to all that served as well as learn lots of local history. The climb is very worth it and has frequent platforms to stop at and view lots of artifacts.

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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 a little known story and our staff enjoys sharing it with visitors. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Ended up going on Veteran's Day. And lucky for us, there were a couple of veterans around who gave us the fascinating history of the structure and events of the time. Well worth the climb and visit.

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

We're very lucky to have a few veterans who spend their time with us at the Tower. They are very precious volunteers for us. We're glad you had the opportunity to meet them while you were here. Thanks for visiting. More 

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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70 reviews 70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 

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