215 LIGHTHOUSE AVE.
Located in Cape May Point State Park

Climb the 199 steps up the original, cast iron spiral stairway to the top of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse and see a staggering view of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the surrounding nature trails of Cape May Point State Park, and Cape May Point Borough. Interpretive panels on the grounds, at the base and on the climb tell stories of Lighthouse Keepers, the surrounding area, and how the lighthouse functioned historically and today. The Cape May Lighthouse is the third beacon at this location. Still an active aid to navigation, it was restored and is maintained by Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture). Since Cape May MAC opened it to the public in 1988, more than 2.5 million visitors have climbed to the top. The Cape May Lighthouse is listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Admission
$12 adults
$8 children (ages 3-12)
FREE for members – Find-out more!
Participant in Families First Discovery Pass Program – LEARN MORE

The Oil House on the grounds contains a fully accessible Visitors’ Orientation Center and Museum Shop.

The Lighthouse will be closed on Wednesday, October 26th for scheduled maintenance.

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Cape May Lighthouse & World War II Lookout Tower

$18 adults | $12 children (ages 3-12)

*Discounted admissions available at Cape May Lighthouse or World War II Lookout Tower

CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE BRICK PAVER PROGRAM

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) is offering a limited opportunity to celebrate a light in your life! The pathway at the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse is being repaved and will include a limited number of engraved bricks. Honor someone special to you with this fixture as a remembrance or simply celebrate your own or your family’s love of the lighthouse! Bricks may be purchased online below or in person at the Cape May Lighthouse or at the Hill House Business Office at the Emlen Physick Estate.

Bricks will be ordered quarterly. Installation may take up to one year.

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LIGHTHOUSE FULL MOON CLIMB

Cape May Lighthouse at night during a full moon

November 8: 7-9 PM
April 6, 2023: 8-10PM

Follow the light of the full moon on this rare nighttime climb up the 199 cast iron spiral staircase steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse. Enjoy a nighttime view nearly 156 feet above the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Interpretive panels along the climb tell stories of Lighthouse Keepers, the surrounding area, and how the lighthouse functioned historically, and are located at landings along the way. The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse is a state historic site and the third beacon on this site. Still an active aid to navigation, it was restored and is maintained by Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture). Since it opened to the public in 1988, more than 2.5 million visitors have climbed to the top, but far fewer have climbed at nighttime.

Purchase tickets from the Lighthouse Keeper the evening of the event.

STAIRWAY TO THE STARS LIGHTHOUSE CLIMB

the cape may lighthouse at night

April 20, 2023: 8-10 PM

Without the light of the moon, you see the stars shine! Climb the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse on evenings of the New Moon and the start of a new 29.5-day lunar cycle, when the moon is so dark it blends in with the night sky and is invisible to the naked eye. Stars and constellations are more visible on clear nights during the New Moon!

Purchase tickets from the Lighthouse Keeper the evening of the event.

LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE OF NJ

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October 14 & 15, 2023

The Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey is a two-day event held every year on the third weekend in October to encourage participants to visit participating lighthouses, life-saving stations and museums throughout the state. Commemorative T-shirts and mementos are offered for purchase to participants each year. Each participating site determines its hours and participation level. Each site may charge an entry fee.

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