SUNSET BOULEVARD, LOWER TOWNSHIP
In 2009, Cape May MAC opened Fire Control Tower No. 23 to the public after an award-winning restoration. Visitors can climb the six floors and view interpretive panels and exhibits along the way, learning about the role Cape May played during World War II. Part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles, the World War II Lookout Tower has played 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, Del. 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 state park offers many amenities for nature lovers and family fun.
Special Events & Activities
KIDS CRAFTS AT THE WORLD WAR II LOOKOUT TOWER
Thursdays, June 25-Aug. 27
Bring the whole family for some patriotic, musical, and plain old fun crafts at this historic site. Admission to the grounds is free. Separate admission to climb the Tower. Free parking.
ARMED FORCES DAY
Saturday, May 16: 11am
This annual ceremony honors the dedicated military men and women who help preserve the nation’s freedom. The World War II Lookout Tower, open to the public since 2009, tells the story of Cape May’s role in wartime. Located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township, near Cape May Point, it is also the perfect setting to pay tribute to those who served. Sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower, an affinity group of Cape May MAC.
Free admission to the Tower today.
FRIENDS GROUP EVENTS
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Friends groups are affinity membership groups of Cape May MAC. Throughout the year, the Friends groups plan various events and activities that help raise funds for specific initiatives.