Jersey Shore Activities: Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May is home to to many Jersey Shore activities, including one of New Jersey's true historical treasures: the Cape May Lighthouse. The Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, just a couple of miles from The Queen Victoria, was built in 1859 and was automated in 1946. Though the lighthouse is currently owned by the United States Coast Guard, it was restored and is still operated by the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) in the 1990s. It is open for visitors from April through November and on the weekends throughout most of the year.
Visitors are able to climb the 199-step spiral staircase to the top of the Lighthouse. The views atop the 157 foot structure are superb. The view shows Cape May City and the famous Wildwood to the north and at times toward the west people can see Cape Henlopen, Delaware. Hours of operation vary throughout the year. The tower is open daily, April through November, and on weekends most of the rest of the year. During one of the most historic Jersey Shore activities, the public can enjoy the grounds, the ground floor, the tower, and the watch room in a self guided tour. There is also a gift shop located in the old "oil room", where the whale oil that originally provided the fuel for the original light was stored.
The Lighthouse is still operational, and the beacon which flashes every 15 seconds can be seen 24-miles out to sea. This is definitely one of the attractions in Cape May that you don’t want to miss out on!
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Directions to the Lighthouse
- Head southeast on Ocean Street
- Turn right on Beach Ave
- Turn right on Broadway
- Turn left on Sunset Blvd
- Turn left on Light House Ave and proceed until you get to the entrance of the park.