Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May

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Climbing the 199 steps of Cape May Lighthouse is a rite of passage on the Jersey Shore. The view from atop the lighthouse covers all points of interest along the shore from north to south and east and west. Bring your camera and a bottle of water for the ascent. The "Oil House" near the base of the lighthouse houses the visitor center with a museum that shares the lighthouse's story. Use our Cape May road trip planning site to arrange your visit to Cape May Lighthouse and other attractions in Cape May.
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  • it a cool light house.. great free parking and ni beach front park.. great view from the top. be prepared for alot of steps. lol ... great place for the family  more »
  • This park is a perfect place to view migrating birds. During the height of the migration there are bird experts stationed on the viewing platform to assist even the newest birder. There are miles of w...  more »
  • I was able to get to the Cape May Lighthouse on my way to Sunset Beach before it closed. I climbed the stairs in about ten minutes much to the surprise of the park ranger ( who looked shocked when I c...  more »
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  • Such a fun place to visit and such a nice lighthouse! It offers amazing views and the history behind it is quite intriguing. The Barnegat Lighthouse is also amazing, but for those who are scared of heights the Cape May lighthouse is much more tranquil. I highly recommend coming in the evenings as the photography is great from this vantage point.
  • Open during the winter. It was fun. 2 small kids, myself and the wife, walked up to the lamp room. Windy as heck out on the lamp deck, but so much fun. I thought it was just a slight bit pricey, but my 2 year old was free.
  • Very nice lighthouse to visit with the family. Get ready to exercise if you plan on climbing to the top, it's 199 steps but well worth it. The views up top are breathless.
  • Plenty of parking a few nice trails an observation deck to view all the local birds plenty of helpful workers. As for the lighthouse if you want to climb it be prepared to pay $8 for an adult and $5 for a child. But if you're in the area I would recommend making the stop
  • Great place for a short day trip. Climbing to the top of the lighthouse is always fun as well as adventuring down the few hiking trails that are around

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Where to stay in Cape May

Choosing where to stay on Cape May remains simple because most accommodations lie steps from Beach Avenue (which, as its name suggests, runs along the cape's stretch of sand). Even choosing your style of accommodation is uncomplicated--inns and bed and breakfasts situated inside Victorian houses encompass nearly the entire range of choices. You can opt for a cottage if you prefer self-service. Budget-wise you'll find the most options in the mid-range and higher end, but a few value-driven choices exist too. Book early if you plan to visit in summer.
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