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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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Quaint Shore Cottage With Short Walk to Beautiful Beaches and Attractions
Quaint Shore Cottage With Short Walk to Beautiful Beaches and Attractions

Quaint Shore Cottage With Short Walk to Beautiful Beaches and Attractions

, Cape May Point
     
    4.7
    of 5, from 11 reviews
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    Situated by the ocean, this historic cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cape May Bird Observatory and Cape May Lighthouse. Cape May Point State Park and World War II Lookout Tower are also within 15 minutes.

    Grand Hotel of Cape May £138
    Grand Hotel of Cape May

    Grand Hotel of Cape May

    1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 536 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Cape May, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 15-minute walk of Poverty Beach and Cape May Convention Hall. Colonial House and Easy Lynne Theater Company are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      ICONA Cape May £206
      ICONA Cape May

      ICONA Cape May

      1101 Beach Avenue, Cape May
         
        4.8
        of 5, from 125 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Cape May hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Poverty Beach and Cape May Convention Hall. Colonial House and Easy Lynne Theater Company are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Congress Hall £191
        Congress Hall

        Congress Hall

        200 Congress Place, Cape May
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 563 reviews
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          Offering direct access to the beach, this Cape May hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Poverty Beach and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Cape May Lighthouse. Cape May Stage and Washington Street Mall are also within 5 minutes.

          Jetty Motel £107
          Jetty Motel

          Jetty Motel

          2nd & Beach Avenue, Cape May
             
            3.7
            of 5, from 153 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this Cape May hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Poverty Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Cape May Lighthouse. Cape May Stage and Washington Street Mall are also within 15 minutes.

            Wilbraham Mansion £157
            Wilbraham Mansion

            Wilbraham Mansion

            133 Myrtle Avenue, Cape May
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 106 reviews
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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.

              Mt. Vernon Motel £166
              Mt. Vernon Motel

              Mt. Vernon Motel

              300 W Beach Avenue, Cape May
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 29 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Cape May, this beachfront motel is in a shopping district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Poverty Beach and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Cape May Lighthouse. Cape May Stage and Washington Street Mall are also within 15 minutes.

                New 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom Home Close to the Beach W/in Ground Heated Pool
                New 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom Home Close to the Beach W/in Ground Heated Pool

                New 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom Home Close to the Beach W/in Ground Heated Pool

                , West Cape May
                   
                  5.0
                  of 5, from 10 reviews
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                  Situated in Cape May, this holiday home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Poverty Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Cape May Lighthouse. Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater and Washington Street Mall are also within 15 minutes.