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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 #9 of 22 attractions in Cape May
Type: Lookouts
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Milltown, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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Laramie, Wyoming
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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

Ballston Lake, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I was made aware of these towers on an earlier trip to Ocean City Md when we passed them at Dewey Beach in Delaware. I have always been a WWII buff and having a chance to see one up close let alone inside was a huge thrill. The restoration is top notch with lots of information including a memorial wall... More

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

This tower, part of Ft. Miles, played a part in the defense of the Delaware River and Bay during the war. It's a fascinating and little known piece of World War II history. We're glad you visited and hop you'll return. More

Somerville, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This short stop took all of about 25 minutes including climbing the stairs and looking out over the Altlantic, Was well worth the time for the boys to see and read about the numerous strikes on merchant ships in WW2 that our government covered up!

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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. Part of Ft. Miles which extended from Wildwood through Cape May and across the bay to Delaware and Maryland, it played a crucial part in the defense of the Delaware River and Bay. We're glad you brought your kids for a visit. We agree that it's important for our kids... More

Dayton, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I'm a history buff but my wife and kids do not share my passion, that said, we all enjoyed this visit. The tower is an interesting part of shore history and part of a much larger array of WWII era history here in the U.S. The trip is short, there is very knowledgeable veteran to provide insight and you get... More

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

We do have incredible history around us and, unfortunately, much of it is little known. The Tower, a part of Ft. Miles, falls into that category. It played a crucial role in the defense of the Delaware River and Bay during the war. The Tower and its construction is an interesting stories and the guides are very knowledgeable. We're glad... More

Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I enjoy history, so I found this stop very interesting. An untold story from WW2, worth checking out. Floks on had to share the history of this remote outlook, not to mention thr views are awesome.

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

We're committed to telling this little known story so our visitors will have a better understanding and appreciation of how World War II affected our area. Thanks for visiting us and help us spread the word.. More

philadelphia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I learned so much about WWII I didn't know. There is a veteran up top who is a wealth of information.

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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 part of Ft. Miles, the defense of the Delaware River and Bay and the critical resources upriver. It's a little known and under-appreciated story. Our observers love to share their knowledge with visitors. We've made the Tower a memorial to veterans of all wars. Thanks for stopping by. More

Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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129 reviews 129 reviews
38 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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

The Tower is a little piece of area history that is not well known and we're glad you took the time to visit. It tells the story of Ft. Miles, the homeland defense of the Delaware River and Bay. The tower protected the critical resources up the bay towards Philadelphia. The Tower also honors our area veterans of all wars... More

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