CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE: 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 are 199 steps on the spiral staircase. The metal gridwork is open, so you cannot climb in heels. There are six levels with landings where you can read the informational panels about the history of the Lighthouse and the surrounding area (and catch your breath, too!). Once at the top, you can exit to the watch gallery and enjoy a breathtaking and panoramic view.
There is abundant free parking for all types of vehicles, and rest rooms are available in the State Park buildings. There is a museum with live reptiles and nature displays where information on park services is available, plus information on the history of the area and of the World War II Bunker, located on the beach. Covered pavilions are available 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