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World War II Lookout Tower

Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
+1 609-884-5404
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History of Cape May

We were greeted by a Navy veteran who was very friendly and informative. Loved talking with him... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Debbie D
Interesting piece of history!

My family really enjoyed this experience, especially since my son is really interested in WWII... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lititz, 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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
+1 609-884-5404
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were greeted by a Navy veteran who was very friendly and informative. Loved talking with him. Walked to the top of Tower and saw lots of historic military items. At the top they had a speaker tell you all about the surrounding areas, talked...More

Thank Debbie D
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family really enjoyed this experience, especially since my son is really interested in WWII. The guide at the top was a great source of information, the view was great, and we really enjoyed the photos of the veterans of WWII that were displayed. Definately...More

Thank ppeifer1
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was rated 5 because of the gentleman at the top of the climb; he was an expert and shared lots of wonderful details about Cape May in war time and the history of the tower. The veiw was nice too!

Thank Leslie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Short walk from the Cape May Point beach to the tower with plenty of parking. Interesting to see how Cape May was an active area during WWII. This is one of the lookout for enemy's. There is all kinds of interesting little places in South...More

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always wondered what the inside was like. One pleasant Sunday afternoon we went I to the tower and climbed the steps. The view from the top is worth the climb.

Thank denisetheshopper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the tower on a Tuesday morning towards the end of June. There was hardly anyone else there at the time, so maneuvering up the tower was easy. The tower is located near the end of Sunset Blvd., right next to Sunset Beach. There...More

4  Thank ScenicTrek
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Step wise this seems much smaller than the lighthouse. There are pull offs to visit living history galleries, uniforms, equipment, etc as you wind your way up to see the vista of a sunken ship and the beach. Docents say that locals who manned this...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If your into history it's worth seeing. The staff was very knowledgeable and the views from the tower were worth the short climb.

1  Thank Alucardrx8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The only thing I didn't get a chance to do was go up the tower. The hours for this place are absolutely awful. I figured, like every other state park, it would be open until dusk, but it's only open until 4. Walked around the...More

Thank Squ3aky
Reviewed 14 July 2017

If you want to learn about Cape May during WWII this may be the place for you. If you are looking to get off the beach for a little bit, it is a nice stop and educational as well. It won't take long to tour...More

Thank Steve K
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