Have you ever been to Cape May, NJ? Have you visited the Cape May lighthouse? This gorgeous lighthouse is a great place to visit and explore. Visit the lighthouse, climb to the top. The view is too beautiful to miss.
On our most recent trip to the Jersey shore, we found ourselves on a Lighthouse hunt. It wasn’t a planned adventure but it certainly was a fun one. Driving through Cape May, we came across the Cape May Lighthouse, located at 215 Lighthouse Ave. It was Don’s first time being this close to a lighthouse in person, which prompted us to visit the Hereford Inlet lighthouse, in North Wildwood, and the Absecon Lighthouse, in Atlantic City.
The present lighthouse is the 3rd documented lighthouse at the southern tip of New Jersey. It was built in 1859 and is an attention-getting landmark as well as a navigational aid for mariners. For most Cape May visitors, a journey to the top of the lighthouse is a must. Nearly 80,000 visitors come to the lighthouse each year, with over 2.5 million visiting since the lighthouse has been opened to the public in 1988. Climbing to the top of the Cape May lighthouse does have a fee.
Admission $10 adults; $5 children (ages 3-12) & Veterans. Active Military FREE! Tickets may be purchased online (Military tickets not available online) or at the Lighthouse during hours of operation
For those who choose not to climb to the top of the lighthouse tower, the Oil House on the grounds contains a fully accessible Visitor’s Orientation Center and Museum shop. Around the lighthouse, is a park that has a constantly changing shoreline, dunes, freshwater coastal marsh and ponds, forested islands and varied uplands. This is a well-known spot for viewing fall bird migrations.
The Friends of Cape May lighthouse offer many different events, one of which is a midnight climb. The view is too amazing to miss.
If you have time, I recommend climbing to the top. You will definitely get a workout and the view over the ocean is breathtaking. You can also see into the town from Cape May.
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