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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 #11 of 22 attractions in Cape May
Type: Lookouts
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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I've been to Cape May numerous times in my life, yet never visited the Lookout Tower. I was recently in town on the anniversay of D-Day (completely unplanned), so I decided to check out the tower. I do not consider myself a history buff whatsoever and I really enjoyed this attraction. There are large, metal steps all the way up... More

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Suffern, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was an old watch tower during WWII with many pigeons. Converted to a tourist spot, but unless you're a military buff, it might not be worth climbing the steps.

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

The Tower was restored to remind residents and visitors of the role the area played in World War II. It's part of Fort Miles, the defense of the Delaware River and Bay and the critical resources along it. It's not a well-known story and deserves retelling and remembering. The Tower is also a memorial to the members of the greatest... More

New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have visited Cape May since the 1980s, but only recently discovered what that "odd tower near the light house" was. It's amazing to think of quaint Cape May as being an important part of World War II defense, but the towers (yes, towers plural, because there is another around which the Grand Hotel was built) and nearby bunker are... More

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

Cape May's role in World War II is largely unknown and we want to tell that story. Our observers at the Tower are very knowledgeable and occasionally we are privileged to host a World War II veteran. Thank you for your kind words and please share your experience with your friends. More

Boardman, Ohio
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I had no idea that towers like this were common all across the Atlantic coast during World War II. It's a chapter of World War II that has definitely been overlooked. I'm glad that this location was able to be preserved and restored so this forgotten chapter can be brought to light. A visit to the tower is recommended for... More

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

Our observers are very happy to have the opportunity to share this little known piece of history with visitors. It's a story that is not hat well known with local residents, let alone visitors. The area played a critical role in the defense of the Delaware River and Bay during the war. Thanks for visiting and tell your friends we're... More

Beckley, West Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I absolutely loved this attraction. My super fit son and girlfriend had just gotten me to climb 199 stairs to see the view from the Cape May Lighthouse. That had involved 199 steps. (To put this in perspective, you have to know that I am 57 years old and was walking with a walker 3 years ago. I had a... More

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

We love it when visitors discover the Tower. It's such a little known piece of Cape May's history and our observers love sharing their knowledge with guests. Thank you for visiting and tell your friends about our hidden treasure. More

New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews 94 reviews
38 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The climb to the top was definitely worth the time and effort. There are great views of the beach and lighthouse. The old WWII telescope sure gives a great view. There was a service veteran at the top when I climbed; although not a WWII vet. The combination ticket with the lighthouse and lookout tower is a great deal.

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

Thanks for visiting. Our staff are glad they can share this history with visitors. Not many people are aware of the critical role that the area played in World War II. Please come again. More

Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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305 reviews 305 reviews
199 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a piece of WWII history here in NJ. It is located near the lighthouse. You can climb to the top and get a nice bit of info from the guides. Great view.

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

Our guides are a treasure too. They are proud of the tower and its place in history and it shows. Thanks for visiting and tell your friends about us. More

Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

learned a lot about ww2 and cape may. nice breeze and great view as well. free parking and close to sunset beach.

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

Not too many people know what a critical role the area played in World War II. We're happy to be able to share the story. Please come back and visit us again. More

New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The tower is a piece of history. The staff is enthusiastic and help explain everything. There are plagues for navy servicemen on the walls. A nice easy bike ride – especially since there are no hills. It's a short visit, but still neat.

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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. We hope you'll share your experiences with friends and return in the future. More

Wenonah, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The docents are very knowledgeable and take pride in what they do.The view at the top is great. West Cape May is less busy than Cape May proper.

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