WORLD WAR II LOOKOUT TOWER: WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT

Veteran volunteers help explain the purpose of the World War II Lookout Tower.

The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard adjacent to Sunset Beach. If you’re biking out to Sunset Beach, there is a bike rack so you can lock up and take a break from your ride. There is a large parking lot across the street from the Tower, and a Port-a-John located at the edge of the parking area. The Tower can be reached by way of an accessible boardwalk which crosses environmentally sensitive dunes.

 

Along the boardwalk are interpretive panels explaining the Tower’s history and role in homeland defense during World War II. At the rear of the Tower is the All Veterans Memorial, an “eternal flame” monument with benches in a contemplative setting.

 

The lower floor of the Tower is accessible and a small shop offers Tower mementos and bottled water. For those who do not climb, our staff has assembled a binder with photos and information, and can provide a wealth of information on the Tower’s history.

 

The World War II Lookout Tower is an easy climb, with exhibits and information on different floors as you climb to the sixth floor spotting gallery. An interpreter at the top will explain the equipment used and the role of those who manned the Tower during the war.

 

Volunteers at the Tower often include World War II veterans who enjoy meeting visitors and giving a first person account of life for those who served our country during World War II.