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World War II Lookout Tower

Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
+1 609-884-5404
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If your into history it's worth seeing. The staff was very knowledgeable and the views from the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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The only thing I didn't get a chance to do was go up the tower. The hours for this place are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lebanon, New Jersey
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Fire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles, playing a major part in coastal defenses. Built in 1942, the tower was one of 15 towers that helped aim batteries of coastal artillery, stretching from North Wildwood, N.J. to Bethany Beach, DE. Four were in Cape May County, N.J.—the towers located in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest were torn down and a third tower is located inside Cape May’s Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia avenues. Fire Control Tower No. 23 is on land now part of the Cape May Point State Park. The tower was listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on May 29, 2003 and on the National Register on Nov. 17, 2003. The Tower was restored in 2008-09 by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). The project included: building spiral staircases in the Tower so that the public can safely climb to the top; construction of a wooden walkway from the street to the Tower, and a deck around its base, to preserve the fragile dune environment; replacing the missing windows and doors; recreating historical details, such as the original wooden ladders, and outfitting the watch room and viewing platform at the top; installing interpretive panels along the walkway and at every level in the Tower; introducing lighting and safety alarms; and upgrading the existing parking lot across Sunset Boulevard and connecting it with a cross-walk to the Tower. Robert Russell of Holt Morgan Russell was the restoration architect. This project was funded by three agencies that awarded MAC grants totalling $1.3 million: the New Jersey Historic Trust, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The 3rd level of the Tower features a "Wall of Honor" with then-and-now photographs of over 100 area World War II veterans. In 2012, an "All Veterans Memorial" was erected on the deck at the base of the Tower. The boardwalk, lined with interpretive panels, the All Veterans Memorial on the deck at the base of the Tower and the entry level are all fully accessible
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Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
+1 609-884-5404
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If your into history it's worth seeing. The staff was very knowledgeable and the views from the tower were worth the short climb.

Thank Alucardrx8
Reviewed 1 week ago

The only thing I didn't get a chance to do was go up the tower. The hours for this place are absolutely awful. I figured, like every other state park, it would be open until dusk, but it's only open until 4. Walked around the...More

Thank Squ3aky
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to learn about Cape May during WWII this may be the place for you. If you are looking to get off the beach for a little bit, it is a nice stop and educational as well. It won't take long to tour...More

Thank Steve K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is in Cape May just down from the lighthouse towards sunset beach. Admission is $6 adult and $3 kid, but since we had already paid for the lighthouse (yes, both of these re-opened by 7/5 when we went the 2nd time), they let us...More

Thank M C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by to see the tower but it was closed . So we went to Sunset beach to witness the lowering of the flag at sunset very moving ceremony . and worth the trip. They fly a deceased veteran flag every day and a very...More

1  Thank mafcp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An historic World War II lockout tower that was never used. A very enjoyable museum and a great veiw of the Bay and suroundeding area.

Thank JoeSchwartz
Reviewed 13 June 2017

If you don't mind walking 99 steps up and down, circular and steel steps so you can see thru, this is an interesting museum about Cape May's role in WW2. There are displays along the way up/down so you can pause. Hats off to the...More

Thank karen k
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We went to see this tower and were amazed at the different levels they had decorated with past memorabilia. Very moving to see pictures and all the plaques of the people who were there at that time. Great place to visit and the man at...More

Thank Mary Ann H
Reviewed 26 May 2017

While not quite as high as the "Cape May Lighthouse", the views from the top are also stunning. There is excellent detailed history about Cape May's contribution to the American Fighting Effort during World War Two, and complete biographies of the local soldiers displayed on...More

Thank Allen J F
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

When I got to the top of the tower, I learned a lot about World War 2. After climbing 99 steps, I was very tired, but when I saw the views, I knew it was worth the climb. The trip was very fun and I...More

Thank Meg927
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