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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Cape May holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Cape May Lighthouse and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Nice lighthouse, still in very good condition..you can climb to the top ($) for some great views. Nice gift show & museum as well. 
  • Beautiful old lighthouse. You must climb to the top for the experience and the view. If you love lighthouses you need to check it out! 
  • We visited in October, 2016. It was hawk migration week so we saw tons of bird watchers also. There is a small info center and educational building about the lighthouse. 
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  • Very neat attraction in south jersey. beautiful view of the jersey coastline and places to walk around and sit down and relax. highly recommend checking this out. it was not to expensive and not super crowded.
  • Awesome place. The views at the top of the lighthouse are worth the $8 per adult and the short climb upstairs. Be careful there, it's extremely windy at the top so hold your stuff! The trails around are a delight and have a lot of birds, and the beach here is beautiful, good for seabirds watching. Just a great experience
  • A step into the past. Great vistas if you climb all the way up. Staff is playful, informed and friendly
  • It's a big light house. Interesting to see, not worth walking the 200 or so steps to the top... But fun nonetheless. There is a very small gift shop on site if you are so inclined.
  • My wife and I, as well as my daughter really enjoyed this. I have to be honest though... Don't trick yourself into thinking you have what it takes to climb those steps with bad knees and being overweight.... You're not 17 anymore. And carrying a 35 lb child up and down? You could really hurt yourself!! ... That's the advice I would have given myself. The view was amazing from up top and the guide was very nice and knowledgeable. The surrounding park is gorgeous and it makes for a good visit while in Cape May