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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
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Historical World War II Lookout Tower/Fire Control Tower

Fire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, which played a major part in coastal defenses during World War II. The tower was built in... read more

Reviewed July 8, 2015
Heather B
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2015

Fire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, which played a major part in coastal defenses during World War II. The tower was built in 1942, and was one of 15 towers that helped aim batteries of coastal artillery, stretching from North Wildwood, N.J. to Bethany Beach, DE. Four were in Cape May... More 

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

The Tower was built as part of Ft. Miles, an Army installation that defended the Delaware River and Bay during World War II. It's one of a series of towers on the New Jersey and Delaware coastline. The towers built to triangulate the guns which could be fired at enemy ships entering the bay. They eventually became lookout towers. Thank... More 

Whippany, New Jersey
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91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

The trip to the top took only 1pm minutes but it was good to see this piece of history and learn more about wwii. Try for a clear day.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

There's a lot of history in those 99 steps to the top. Hope you checked out our wall of honor on the third level, a tribute to local veterans. Thanks for visiting. More 

Pine Hill
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55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2015

Lived near here my whole life and never realized the history Cape May played in during WWII. The tower is such an amazing structure still to this day.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

I can't tell you how many times I drove by the tower myself, wondering about its history. It tells a fascinating story that's not well known. We're glad you visited. More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2015

First time at the tower, it has been restored very well. Dave at the top of the tower was very informative and was able to answer any questions that we had.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

Our crew of observers are very knowledgeable and enjoy sharing this treasure with visitors. There's lots of history in that concrete cylinder and it's not too well-known. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities is trying to remedy that. Thanks for visiting. More 

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55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

We've driven past here so many times over the years to go to sunset beach so we decided to stop this year. The woman at the top of the tower was very knowledgeable and informative and we found out so many things I never knew about cape may before.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

Nothing like finding treasures in your own backyard! The Tower is a hidden treasure with an interesting story to tell. We're glad you discovered us. More 

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2015

Please go. And if you do, if they aren't busy, please take the time to listen to the vets who work there. They have some inspiring stories of a time that we are all too quickly forgetting. If nothing else, give them a Huge THANKS.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

We're fortunate that we have a few veterans who donate their time to us occasionally. The observers who staff the top are also very knowledgeable and eager to share our little known history with visitors. Thanks for stopping by. More 

Hollywood, Maryland, United States
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2015

Climb about 120 steps to get to the top, worth every step, great view. Tower has been preserved well.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

It may seem like more but it's only 99 steps to the top. It's a relatively easy climb and you can stop at each landing to catch your breath and see the exhibits. We're glad you visited. More 

Herndon, Virginia
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is worth a stop to see. Very interesting history. Neat spot to take the kids and learn a little more aout the area. I am glad we saw this.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

The Tower is a great spot for kids. It's a nie climb and a good view from the top but it's a wealth of local history too. The story isn't too well known and we're trying to remedy that. Thanks for visiting. More 

Beaufort, North Carolina
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2015

Got there just as it closed, but we walked around it looking at the displays outside which offered good explanations as to its World War 2 history. There were detailed explanations concerning the role of these towers, the various defensive gun emplacements along the NJ and DE coasts, and their history. For those of us old enough to remember WW2,... More 

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

Our hours during the summer are 10am to 4pm. There are descriptive panels along the walkway from the road to the entrance which give the history of the tower. There are fascinating exhibits inside and the observer at the top is always well-versed in the history. Hope you'll stop by again when we are open. More 

Hellertown, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2015

Climb up the winding stairs to experience the view of the military during WWII when the fear of invasion rocked Cape May. The view is breathtaking! Veterans are willing to share their history along the way.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

I think you've really captured the experience in your review. It's a unique experience to put yourself in the shoes of the soldiers and volunteers who spent countless lonely hours watching out to sea to safeguard the critical resources that lay up the bay and river. Thank you for visiting. More 

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