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“Key Attraction”

Cape May Lighthouse
Ranked #5 of 62 things to do in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, fully restored. Climb 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. Open daily. Evening trolley tours. Museum shop.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 22 August 2014

You can't visit Cape May and not climb the stairs to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse. Rent a bike and stop off at the lighthouse and you tour the local sights.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2014

A bike ride to the Lighthouse is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. It's a relatively easy trip. Cape May Point is a charming town and the State Park has great walking paths. The climb up the Lighthouse's 199 steps pays off with a panoramic view of the Cape. We're glad you visited us.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Pros:
1. Beautiful lighthouse in close distance to the Cape May beach.
2. Highly recommend cycling down to the spot and then to Sunset Beach.
3. Option available to climb to the top of lighthouse for a fee.

Cons:
1. Take supplies long, not much to shop/buy near the site.

Thank SR007
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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2014

Many people consider lighthouses a symbol of peace and serenity. Ours is a short bike ride from Cape May, located in Cape May Point State Park. We do charge an admission fee to climb but that helps defray the cost of maintaining a tower built in 1859 and occasionally subject to high winds and storms. The park maintains a restroom facility and small museum. Cape May Point is a non-commercial own, so packing your own refreshments is essential. Thanks for visiting.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Worth the bike ride there and back with the kids. Note: Take 2nd Ave if on bikes, way less car traffic

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

A trip to the Lighthouse and State Park should be on everyone's to do list. It's a great place to spend the day and a bike ride out makes it even more of an adventure. Thank you for visiting and showing your kids a piece of our history.

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

My husband & I got to the lighthouse at opening and their still was a good amount of other people doing the climb. Its a beautiful view at the top of the lighthouse of the beach, bunker, and lakes. It costs eight dollars to climb and we were able to do the combination ticket for $4 more a person to also climb the World War II Lookout Tower. I did notice that the stairs were very dusty and dirty where people did not climb. For $8 a head you would hope they could maintain it better. After our climb, we enjoyed doing the nature trail at the park and were able to enjoy the swamp rose mallow in bloom.

Thank Mary M
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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

The combination ticket is the way to go if you're up for climbing the Lighthouse (199 steps) and the World War II Tower (99 steps). With hundreds of climber a day, it's sometimes hard to keep up with the housekeeping but we'll take your comments to heart. Thanks for visiting.

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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We arrived on a "family fun day". There were vendors set up (not particularly family or kid oriented, however) and some musicians playing for the kids. I climbed the tower with my 7 year old. The view was very nice from the top. The small spiral staircase was fun as my daughter counted the steps to the top.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Cape May Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

Every Wednesday in the summer is "family fun day" at the Lighthouse with some extra activity on the grounds. The climb up the 199 steps takes some time and energy but it totally worth it. The reward is a panoramic view of the Cape. We're glad you visited with your kids. They got to experience a slice of our history in that climb. Imagine what it would have been like to climb those steps every day, hauling with you gallons of oil for the lamp.

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