CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE: FUN FAMILY ACTIVITIES

About National Lighthouse Day

Congress designated National Lighthouse Day on Aug. 7, 1989, marking the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Lighthouse Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse in the United States. The purpose was to  provide recognition for the important role which lighthouses played in the history of our country, and the values of safety, heroism, and American ingenuity which they represent, as well as honoring and encouraging continued restoration efforts for existing lighthouses, many of which had fallen into disrepair.

 

In our high tech world, it’s easy to forget the wholesomeness and serenity of preindustrial establishments such as lighthouses. The history they provide gives us the opportunity to step back in time and learn more about our country. The contributions they made to our society, from protecting our coasts to guiding our sailors, should continue to be appreciated and remembered.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
July 25: 10am-2pm
 Join Santa at the Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park,  along with food, music, vendors and family-friendly activities.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

ON THE GROUNDS ARE FREE!
KIDS CLIMB THE LIGHTHOUSE FREE!

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FAMILY FUN DAYS

AT THE LIGHTHOUSE

Fun for the whole family!

Wednesdays, July 31 and Aug. 14 & 21

9am-2pm

 The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique crafts vendors at the base of the lighthouse. Plenty of free parking.

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THE KEEPER'S ON DUTY

Saturdays, May 25-Aug. 31: 1:15pm

What's it like to be a Lighthouse Keeper?  If you’d like the answer to this question and others, join us for The Keeper's On Duty, at the Education Center at Cape May Point State Park. The Keeper of the Cape May Lighthouse presents an informative and entertaining half hour talk on the history and lore of the famous 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. Suited for everyone from children to lighthouse buffs, it’s the perfect introduction to your lighthouse climb!

 

Free admission

 

Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). and Cape May Point State Park. 

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LIGHTHOUSE STORYTIME

Saturdays, May 26-Sept. 1: 12:30pm

Bring your young children to the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse) to listen to nautical tales and lighthouse adventure stories.

 

Free admission. 

 

Co-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). and Cape May Point State Park.

 

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NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY

Aug. 7: 9am-2pm

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day at the Cape May Lighthouse! Make your own crafts, listen to songs of the sea, meet the lighthouse keepers, shop for nautical merchandise and more, all on the grounds of the Cape May Lighthouse. Free admission to the activities, separate admission to climb the lighthouse.

 

Free admission to the grounds and activities;

KIDS CLIMB THE LIGHTHOUSE FREE!

with a paying adult. Cost to climb $10

 

For more information on any family programs,

call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278