Cape May Lighthouse
The beacon of the Cape May Lighthouse rotates continually to cast its light far out to sea.


Located in Cape May Point State Park

About the Lighthouse
    The present tower, which is the third documented lighthouse at the southern tip of New Jersey, has always been an attention-getting landmark as well as an aid-to-navigation for mariners. It was built in 1859.

     Because it is adjacent to the community of Cape May Point and just two miles from the city of Cape May, NJ, it has drawn visitors throughout its history. In 1882, the Cape May Ocean Wave reported that "the gentleman superintendent in charge [of the lighthouse], Mr. Samuel Stillwell, takes pleasure in showing visitors who have the nerve and strength of limb to the top, the interior of the lantern, and explaining the interesting operations of the light.  A very picturesque view of the sea, bay, and country may also be obtained from the giddy heights of the edifice."

     In 1897, the newspaper made it clear that a visit to the lighthouse was a requisite part of one's vacation: "One of the interesting features to Cape May summer visitors is a journey to the top of the lighthouse."

Nearly 80,000 visitors a year experience a visit to the top of the lighthouse, participating in a century-old rite of a visit to the Jersey Shore, with some 2.5 million visitors since the Lighthouse was opened to the public in 1988.

For those who choose not to climb, the Oil House on the grounds contains a fully accessible Visitors' Orientation Center and Museum Shop carrying souvenirs, books and maritime items.

Admission $8 adults; $5 children (ages 3-12). Purchase tickets at the Lighthouse during hours of operation.


Free on-site parking/RV-friendly

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The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse is shown in a shot taken over the dunes
What to expect when you visit   

The Lighthouse is located at Cape May Point State Park.  The fully restored Oil House, near the base of the Lighthouse is home to a Museum Shop, as well as an orientation center for those who choose not to climb. There is abundant free parking for all types of vehicles, and rest rooms are available in the State Park buildings, as well as a museum and educational classroom, where information on park services is available, as well as information on the history of the area and of the World War II Bunker, located on the beach. There are covered pavilions for picnicking, which must be reserved through the state park offices. The State Park offers many opportunities for nature lovers, including the Hawk Watch platform and well-developed and marked nature trails, and guided walks and programs are offered. Summertime programming is offered to introduce visitors to the history of the Lighthouse and is free of charge. The beach is free but swimming is not allowed. All areas of the park are “carry in, carry out” in regard to trash or recyclables; please do not litter. The park is generally open sunrise to sunset; Lighthouse hours for climbing vary with the season and are listed on our website or in “The Week in Cape May.” For more information about the State Park, call 609-884-2159.