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World War II Lookout Tower

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Historical Landmark - must see when visiting Cape May!

This historical landmark is a must see when visiting Cape May. Stop first on the way to the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Roberta C

Sunsets are AMAZING! Was there in the summer and never saw anything quite like it. There is a... read more

Reviewed 13 January 2019
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Fire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, and was part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. It played a major part in the coastal defense of the Delaware River and...more
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536 Sunset Blvd, Cape May, NJ 08204
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This historical landmark is a must see when visiting Cape May. Stop first on the way to the lighthouse or on the way back to town afterwards.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Roberta C
Reviewed 13 January 2019

Sunsets are AMAZING! Was there in the summer and never saw anything quite like it. There is a small beach and a couple of shops

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 1 January 2019

I stopped by the Lookout Tower on the way to Sunset Beach and have to say that this is an interesting contribution to WWII by the State of New Jersey. Unfortunately the inside of the tower was closed because of the government shutdown but you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Justin W
Reviewed 31 December 2018

For history buffs, it's great to be able to visit Cape May and experience tales of World War II and what could have happened. The US had stations along the east coast just in case, never knowing what could happen next. Seeing this tower still...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 5 December 2018

The signs near the tower do a very good job of explaining the networkon lookout towers. Note that part of the Grand Hotel in Cape May is also built around another surviving tower.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wtrav77
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Excellent vies of the Cape in all directions. The staff was very knowledgeable about the tower and the are during the war.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank John B
Reviewed 6 October 2018

We stopped here on a whim and was glad we did, read all the information and left well informed of the tower and why they were built.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

The interpretive information in the control tower is well done, and the staff/volunteers clearly care very much about the restoration work that was completed here. They are very knowledgeable of the history of the tower and its role in the war.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

During our visit to Cape May, we stopped at Fire Control Tower No. 23 , known as the World War II Tower on Fort Miles. While Fort Miles no longer exists, this tower was once used for spotting enemy ships and firing upon them during...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ITRT
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

A must see on a trip to Cape May. How many folks out there know the history of the Jersey Shore during WW2. The tower won’t ‘wow’ anyone but the thought of how close the enemy was to the Jersey Shore should ‘wow’ everyone. A...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TeriPugh
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