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World War II Lookout Tower

Ascend a tower that was designed to defend America against enemy ships and learn about the military history of the region on your way to the top.

A recent restoration of the World War II Lookout Tower in Cape May has transformed it into a fascinating museum about the history of the town and its involvement in global conflicts. Find out more about local military history on your journey up its many levels, before admiring expansive views of Cape May Point and stunning Sunset Beach from the top.

Learn about the history of the tower and its role in the war. The tower was built in 1942 as a part of Fort Miles, a series of barracks and fire control towers stretching across Delaware and New Jersey to protect this stretch of shoreline. 

Spot the tower from a distance as you approach. Standing high above the flatter surrounding landscape, it is hard to miss. The design is simple and practical: a tall, round structure.

Wander to the tower along the boardwalk, which is lined with information boards telling the story of Cape May’s military history. At the base of the tower, the decking contains the All Veterans Memorial.

Pause on your way up the stairs to see different exhibits. The second floor has changing displays on topics such as Cape May in World War I and the region’s involvement in other conflicts. On the third level of the tower, admire the Wall of Honor, an exhibit dedicated to World War II veterans with then-and-now comparison photos. 

Climb to the top of the tower on restored steps and stand on the deck at the top. Read the interpretive panels and get out your camera for photos of Cape May Point and Sunset Beach. 

Drive for about 10 minutes west of Cape May and park in the spaces over the road from the tower. Tickets are available to buy at the base of the tower, along with combination tickets to other historical sites in the region. 


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Wilbraham Mansion

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Situated near the beach, this romantic bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Cape May Lighthouse. Washington Street Mall and Cape May Stage are also within 10 minutes.

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Madison Avenue Beach Club Motel

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Located in the heart of Cape May, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Emlen Physick Estate, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Colonial House. Cape May City Hall and Cape May Convention Hall are also within 15 minutes.

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The Beach Shack

205 W Beach Ave, Cape May
4.1
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Cape May hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Cape May Stage and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Cape May Lighthouse. Washington Street Mall and Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater are also within 15 minutes.

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Congress Hall

200 Congress Place, Cape May
4.5
of 5, from 557 reviews
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Cape May hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Cape May Stage and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Cape May Lighthouse. Washington Street Mall and Easy Lynne Theater Company are also within 10 minutes.

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Beachtop Penthouses by La Mer Beachfront

307 Beach Avenue, Cape May
3.2
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Jetty Motel

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Nestled on the beach, this Cape May hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Cape May Stage and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Cape May Lighthouse. Washington Street Mall and Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater are also within 15 minutes.

Mt. Vernon Motel

Mt. Vernon Motel

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