215 LIGHTHOUSE AVE.
Located in Cape May Point State Park

Open daily 10AM – 5PM

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 a state historic site and 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.

Admission
$12 adults
$8 children (ages 3-12)
FREE for members – Find-out more!

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

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SAVE WITH COMBO TICKETS!

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 in person at the Cape May Lighthouse or at the Hill House Business Office at the Emlen Physick Estate.

You may also print out the form below and email to Janice Corkery at jcorkery@capemaymac.org
or mail to:

Cape May MAC
c/o Janice Corkery
1048 Washington St.
Cape May, NJ 08204

Installation will begin October 2021.

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Special Events & Activities

LIGHTHOUSE FULL MOON CLIMB

Cape May Lighthouse at night during a full moon

June 24, July 23, and August 22, 2021
8pm – 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, over 2.5 million visitors have climbed to the top, but fewer have climbed at nighttime.

$20 for adults
$10 for children (ages 3-12) & active military or veterans

Purchase tickets from the Keeper at the Lighthouse the night of the event.

FAMILY FUN CRAFTS SHOWS AT THE CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE

a family gathered outside of the cape may lighthouse

Wednesdays, July 7-August 18: 9am – 2 pm

The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, is a beacon for fun! Join us this summer and enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and crafts vendors at the base of the lighthouse. Free admission to the grounds. Presented by Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture). capemaymac.org.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Click here for applications.

TALES FROM THE DEEP SIDE
Without a Cue Productions

Cape May Lighthouse Grounds

Ahoy, Me Hearties!  The Captains (yes, there are two) of The Jolly Rancher are in search of a crew.  Be prepared to be shanghaied with your fellow landlubbers at “Tales from the Deep Side, “ an irreverent and raucous take on the seafaring life of yore.  Sing along to sea shanties and take in tall tales as you experience the history of Cape May as only a true Seadog can.

Tickets $25

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Little girl meeting santa dressed in summer clothes at a CHristmas in July event at the Cape May Lighthouse

July 25, 2021

Join Santa at the Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park,  along with food, music, vendors and family-friendly activities.

Family friendly activities on the grounds are FREE! Kids climb the Lighthouse for FREE!

NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY

National Lighthouse Day at the Cape May Lighthouse

August 7, 2021

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day at the Cape May Lighthouse! Make your own crafts, listen to songs of the sea, meet the lighthouse keepers, shop for nautical merchandise and more, all on the grounds of the Cape May Lighthouse. Free admission to the activities, separate admission to climb the lighthouse.

Free admission to the grounds and activities; Kids climb the Lighthouse FREE with paying adult.

LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE OF NJ

three women enjoying National Lighthouse Day

October 16 & 17, 2021

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 Is free to charge an entry fee.

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