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World War II Lookout Tower

Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
+1 609-884-5404
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Interesting stop

The WWII lookout tower is another nice attraction to visit while in Cape May. It is worth a stop... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
CCG1982
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New Jersey
Would have been great if it had been open.

We were there on a Thursday in Oct and it was not open. Another visitor also pulled up to visit... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
tmwbear
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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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Fire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles, playing 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, DE. 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 Tower was restored in 2008-09 by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). The project included: building spiral staircases in the Tower so that the public can safely climb to the top; construction of a wooden walkway from the street to the Tower, and a deck around its base, to preserve the fragile dune environment; replacing the missing windows and doors; recreating historical details, such as the original wooden ladders, and outfitting the watch room and viewing platform at the top; installing interpretive panels along the walkway and at every level in the Tower; introducing lighting and safety alarms; and upgrading the existing parking lot across Sunset Boulevard and connecting it with a cross-walk to the Tower. Robert Russell of Holt Morgan Russell was the restoration architect. This project was funded by three agencies that awarded MAC grants totalling $1.3 million: the New Jersey Historic Trust, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The 3rd level of the Tower features a "Wall of Honor" with then-and-now photographs of over 100 area World War II veterans. In 2012, an "All Veterans Memorial" was erected on the deck at the base of the Tower. The boardwalk, lined with interpretive panels, the All Veterans Memorial on the deck at the base of the Tower and the entry level are all fully accessible
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Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The WWII lookout tower is another nice attraction to visit while in Cape May. It is worth a stop. If you are a history buff this is a must do.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

We were there on a Thursday in Oct and it was not open. Another visitor also pulled up to visit and was disappointed that this neat piece of history could not be fully experienced. The signs leading up to the tower were very informative.

Thank tmwbear
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Easy little stop for some history and a look at our defenses in WW2. Inspiring and historical perspective with free parking.

Thank Beth B
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Before the firetower was restored, I remember seeing it and photographing it from Sunset Beach. It was great to see it restored & walk up & see the old photos, uniforms & other artifacts. At the top, we got to spend time with & talk...More

Thank KathySDavis
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This is defiently worth the trip. The tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. We had a great time. The view from the top is amazing.

Thank Harris0789
Reviewed 18 October 2017

This was closed when we were there. Not sure if it was due to the time of year, of it is closed all the time.More

Thank AlkaS16
Jean B, Web site manager at World War II Lookout Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

We are so sorry you missed the opportunity to climb the tower. I'm not sure what time or day you went, but our hours and days of operation do change seasonally. Best thing to do is visit our website, capemaymac.org, where you can find the...More

Reviewed 17 October 2017

historical and worth the stop. interesting but only for a short while. The admission fee was only $ 6 and we felt was well worth supporting a piece of american history.

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 28 September 2017

The $6 admission fee was money well spent. There were metal stairs to get you from level to level & I found them easy to traverse. Informational panels helped to guide you along. I especially enjoyed viewing pictures of local service personnel from the WW...More

Thank KaliRaven
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Made this stop for my husband who enjoys history, me, not so much. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the visit. Wonderful man athe top who gave a brief history and answered any questions. Great view and a bonus sunken ship to view thru...More

Thank neurotic38
Reviewed 28 August 2017

For a look at past history and coast defenses, this site gives good insight. Might be a long walk to the top if your not in shape but the view is excellent and the memorial fitting for those of WWII.

Thank SierraGulf
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