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 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!

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

Installation is on-going over the course of 2022.

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Special Events & Activities

LIGHTHOUSE & FIREWORKS CLIMB

July 3 & 4: 8:30-9:30 PM

Celebrate Independence Day with a rare and exclusive opportunity to view fireworks from atop the Cape May Lighthouse! Climb the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse Watch Gallery and experience a one-of-a-kind view of the evening’s fireworks display. Offered during the Lower Township (July 3, 2022) and Cape May (July 4, 2022) fireworks presentations. Limited event. Advance reservations necessary. Comfortable shoes required for climbing.

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LIGHTHOUSE FULL MOON CLIMB

Cape May Lighthouse at night during a full moon

July 13, Aug 11: 8-10 PM

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

June 28, July 28, Aug 27: 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! Binoculars are permitted if securely worn around the neck at all times

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

FAMILY FUN CRAFTS SHOWS AT THE CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE

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Wednesdays, July 6-August 24: 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.

NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY

National Lighthouse Day at the Cape May Lighthouse

August 7, 2022

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 15 & 16, 2022

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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