The first known lighthouse at Cape May was built in 1823. By 1847 a new lighthouse was erected on a high bluff, however, due to the encroaching sea and poor building design it was eventually dismantled. Built in 1859, the current lighthouse used the original bricks of the 1847 lighthouse.
The 157-foot-high lighthouse is still an aid to navigation. Visitors who climb the 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse are rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the scenic Cape May peninsula.
Built as part of the Harbor Defense Project of 1942. The park was once a Military base, of which the Battery was a part. At low tide you can still see the gun turrets at the front of the bunker. The Battery was once 900 feet inland, surrounded by earth and covered by sod, it once looked as if it were a hill from the sea or air. The bunker represents a moment in history, and stands as a monument to all those, who in times of war, have come to find ways to protect this country from enemy attack.
Fire Control Tower No. 23, constructed in 1942, was part of a network of similar towers built to spot and target enemy ships approaching the New Jersey shore. It was re-opened to the public in 2009 after an award-winning restoration effort.
For information on tours and hours of operation visit The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities or call 609-884-5404. Admission to the Lookout Tower is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12 and children under 3 free. Additional program fees may apply.
For information on tours and hours of operation visit The Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities or call 609-884-5404.
The Park staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs throughout the year. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs and to register. Program fees may apply.
Facilities for People with Disabilities
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303 County Hwy 629
Cape May, NJ 08204
P.O. Box 107
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
Park Hours Open daily dawn to dusk
Office Hours Daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Museum Hours Daily 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Entrance Fee Admission to the Lighthouse is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and children under 3 free. Additional program fees may apply.