Grab the whole family and join us for a climb at the World War II Lookout Tower on Father’s Day, June 18, 2023 when dads climb free as a sign of our appreciation!


Fear of German attack in 1942 was real when this tower was built, now the last freestanding World War II Lookout Tower in New Jersey. It was part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles, and now helps tell the story of Cape May’s role during World War II. Built in just weeks in 1942, the tower was one of 15 towers in Delaware and New Jersey used as observation posts to detect enemy vessels and direct the artillery fire from nearby coastal batteries. Inside, a staircase takes you to the sixth floor spotting gallery where Observers will answer your questions. Visit the Wall of Honor that pays tribute to local residents who served during World War II. Over 160 veterans’ photos are on display there. Changing exhibits highlight varying topics of history related to the tower. Stop at the eternal flame sculpture outside on the boardwalk for quiet contemplation. The tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

$8 adults
$5 children (ages 3-12)
Active Military & Veterans FREE
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World War II Lookout Tower & Cape May Lighthouse

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

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

World War II Veterans in front of the Cape May World War II Lookout Tower

Armed Forces Day 

Saturday, May 20: 11am-3pm

Enjoy free admission on Armed Forces Day when you visit the World War II Lookout Tower on Sunset Boulevard. Visit with veterans on Armed Forces Day and learn about how Fort Miles helped protect the coastline from attack during World War II.

Watch our video to take a sneak peak inside the tower!

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