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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  • October 4, 2017
    Walked up the steps to the top of Cape May Light. Breath taking view on a clear day (which it was). Beautiful scenery and very knowledgeable tour guide at the top !  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    What a beautiful lighthouse....it truly tells a story. The employee working there proudly announced it was her 22nd year! The view was amazing!  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Beautiful lighthouse; got to the park after hours so could not go in, but it was great to see. The park was also a nice visit.  more »
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  • February 28, 2017
    Very cool place to visit. We went on a winter day so there was hardly any people there for a Sunday. The staff was very friendly and the interpretive center was quite informative with live snakes and a few reptiles to see and lots of historical data about the area. Then down on to the beach to check out the bunker. Nice.place to spend the afternoon. Will go again someday when I return to the area.
  • June 12, 2017
    I return to this lighthouse often when visiting Cape May. It's not really an expensive venture (currently $8 for an adult) when one considers what the maintenance and insurance must cost. Beautiful views in all directions of Cape May and the bay and in my experience, no one has limited the amount of time a tourist can stay to take pictures.
  • February 18, 2017
    This was a great experience. We got our exercise walking to the lighthouse, up it, then back to our room. Beautiful view!
  • July 27, 2016
    My whole family had a wonderful time. The view from the top of the lighthouse is incredible. I had been here once before about 25 years ago with my parents, and now my kids got to experience it and had a great time. They have a very rare wild caught white black rat snake in the museum near the large parking lot which is worth checking out. This is not an albino, with red eye and are more common. The body of this snake is white, but the eyes are normal color. The staff at the park is super friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend everyone check it out!
  • July 5, 2017
    Visited here a few years ago, amazing views.

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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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