Cape May Lighthouse

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Cape May Lighthouse
4.5
from $35.00
Speciality Museums • Lighthouses
Saturday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse is fully restored and visitors can climb 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. The original Oil Storage Building is accessible and houses a Museum Shop and accessible displays. Open daily from April through November and weekends in the shoulder seasons. Evening trolley tours and Full Moon Climbs offered during the summer season. The Cape May Lighthouse has been restored and is managed by the non-profit Cape May MAC (Museums + Arts + Culture). While located at Cape May Point State Park, it is not affiliated with State Park System. The State Park is open sunrise to sunset and offers many opportunities for nature lovers, including the Hawk Watch platform and well-marked nature trails. Summertime programming is offered to introduce visitors to the history of the Lighthouse and is free of charge. The beach is free but swimming is not allowed. The park is “carry in, carry out;” please do not litter.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Harry M
9 contributions
Hawk Watch and Great Sunrise Photography Spot
Apr 2021
If we're up before sunrise, the observation deck at the far end of the parking lot is a wonderful place to take sunrise photos. It overlooks a pond that always has some sort of waterfowl on it. There's also a trail that runs through the woods from the parking lot, around the pond, and comes out on a rad that leads back to the parking lot. Of course there's the lighthouse, too, if you want to climb it.
Written April 22, 2021
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GregLynn M
Wyckoff, NJ637 contributions
Surprised
Apr 2021 • Couples
Were pleasantly surprised. Great walking paths through area to look at birds etc. Great view to the ocean. Lighthouse able to go upstairs.
Written April 11, 2021
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James C
Brooklyn, NY1,239 contributions
History
Apr 2021 • Friends
It’s a outstanding site with great history and information. The staff was amazing and the views are spectacular. It’s great for all ages and is worth more than the price it costs to climb to the top.
Written April 5, 2021
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Deborah L
10 contributions
Simply stunning
Apr 2021
You can climb the historical lighthouse and get a great view. Docents are on site to discuss its interesting history. The beacCh in front of the lighthouse is gorgeous, as is the adjacent Nature Conservancy land. You'll see lots of wildlife.
Written April 4, 2021
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Caster
4 contributions
Bird watching
Mar 2021
Overlooking the beach, the hill is there from where you look at birds. The lighthouse is not that interesting. Better visit during warm weather and no rain time.
Written April 4, 2021
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bluejeanfood
Philadelphia, PA477 contributions
Need Timed Tickets
Dec 2020
A great view and it was open in the winter this year which was a surprise but they need timed tickets. The line took over 2 and half hours to climb the stairs and it wasn't that busy.
Written January 26, 2021
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DLP
New Jersey1,399 contributions
Spectacular Views
Nov 2020
The top of the light house offers beautiful views of the area and the crashing sounds of the waves create a nice ambiance. There is some interesting history to learn and the area around the light house should be explored. The beach has an old war bunker and the trails provide some good wildlife viewing.
Written January 23, 2021
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Wesman2020
Wilmington, DE4 contributions
Cape May Point Lighthouse
Dec 2020
This is a great place to visit. Great views from the top of the lighthouse as well.

But we TRULY love the walking paths just across the parking lot on a mostly elevated wooden path where you can see a lot of birds and wild life plus there is a World War II bunker on the beach. There are three paths with varying distances and beautiful views.
Written January 5, 2021
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,779 contributions
Great views on a beautiful December day
Dec 2020
This 157 foot, 6 inch tall lighthouse located at the tip of Cape May, New Jersey, dates back to 1859 and remains active to the present. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse—the fee is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. The former Oil House which was used store the kerosene that powered the lighthouse is now the museum shop and orientation center.

During the pandemic of 2020, visitors are able to climb the lighthouse with a limitation of 10 people at a time and social distancing; masks were required. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and were able to provide detailed information about the lighthouse.

Also on site are a vintage rowboat that was used for rescues and information panels which provided a history of the tower. This lighthouse is truly an American treasure which is located in one of the most scenic areas of New Jersey. There is a beach within walking distance as well a lovely walking trail. This site is well worth a visit when in Cape May.
Written January 2, 2021
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worktotravel14
Arlington, VA1,275 contributions
Great lighthouse, worth walk around the grounds
Jul 2020
There are many splendid sights to be found at the Cape May lighthouse. Of course, there is the light itself, with a climb to the top, if you desire. With good restrictions in place there was a bit of a line so we decided not to venture up the tower. There are birdhouses, short hikes, and even a pathway to the beach. Because there are few entry points, the beach is particularly serene. On a hot summer day, there is limited shade to be found. There is respite in the philly water ice truck and cold beverages.
Written December 27, 2020
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