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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  • We saw the lighthouse on the trolley tour, and went back but decided not to pay the $8 to go up in it. It's a nice area to visit - even if to just take pictures from ground level.  more »
  • Well worth the climb gave up counting at 180 steps breathless but what a view , worth the dollars paid...bought some souvenirs,helpful staff ,if you are in the area you must stop,pay ,and climb  more »
  • We stopped by the last weekend n April. The staff was very nice the welcome area had information, books and typical souvenirs. Entering the light house is a small landing area with a worker there, pay...  more »
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  • Sort of a must see during a Cape May visit. Packed with facts as you walk up the 199 stairs to the top. There are 6 “rest areas” on the way up to stop and catch your breath if you need to. And you can pretend you are reading the informational blurbs on the wall LOL...The museum is fun for adults and kids alike...stuff for both to do. They have some live animal displays, facts about the area and a nice display of all the things you can find on the beach and what they are. Small enough that you can enjoy it without your kids getting bored because there are some things to amuse them as well. Beautiful views from the top. Also has a nice hiking trail/ nature walk.
  • Did not climb up the lighthouse but it's a beautiful one to just look at.Well maintained lawns. Convenient parking just next to it. It's around the cape May point state park. A lovely beach and number of trails to stoll within 500ft. Lots of picnic benches to eat and have a fun day. So many different species of birds to look from the bird watch tower and all this is FREE
  • Definitely worth a visit. 1 of 2 historical sights I visited. Grounds has a museum, access to enter,& climb the stairs to top of lighthouse. Parking for cars/RV's & bicycles(lock recommend). Beach access and covered areas with seating for lunch or just shade. Small nature/hiking trails available along with scheduled nature tours and activities for the family.
  • Nice place to stop and visit if in the area. Great place to see if you've never been to the seashore or seem a lighthouse the view from the top is wonderful otherwise there's a few nice nature trails in Sunset Beach is right down the road. Bring lunch and take in the beautiful views.
  • An absolutely beautiful day to climb the lighthouse. Pay inside the lighthouse itself and be ready to climb 199 narrow circular stairs to the top. There are several resting points on the way up (and down!) with views of the surrounding area. Such a lovely vista of God's creation!
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