Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May

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#1 of 119 in Museums in New Jersey
Lighthouse · Specialty Museum
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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  • This 157 foot, 6 inch tall lighthouse located at the tip of Cape May, New Jersey, dates back to 1859 and remains active to the present. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse—the fee is...  more »
  • There are many splendid sights to be found at the Cape May lighthouse. Of course, there is the light itself, with a climb to the top, if you desire. With good restrictions in place there was a bit.....  more »
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  • Beautiful area with beach and inland wooded area! Excellent trip especially for kiddos. The kiddos loved the wildlife exhibits found in the museum. Seeing all the snakes, frogs, turtles, etc. was pretty exciting! The Light house was quite a climb, but the view from the top was perfect. They offer free admission to the light house for Active Duty/Veterans! Great day trip!!
  • Great historical significance and preservation. But high entrance fee is not encouraging for budget travelers. They have nice parking spot and grass lanes, high entrance fee definitely helps the maintenance at the place. Its a good place to start exploring lighthouses, if you plan to be lighthouse hobbyists:)

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