World War II Lookout Tower

World War II Lookout Tower, Cape May

World War II Lookout Tower
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites • Lookouts
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Fire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining restorable World War II tower, and was part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. It played a major part in the coastal defense of the Delaware River and Bay. Built in 1942, the tower was one of 15 towers that helped aim batteries of coastal artillery. Fire Control Tower No. 23 is on land now part of the Cape May Point State Park. The boardwalk leading up to the Tower is lined with interpretive panels and leads to the All Veterans Memorial on the rear deck at the base of the Tower. The deck and entry level are all fully accessible. The Tower was restored and is operated by the non-profit Cape May MAC (Museums + Arts + Culture).
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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James C
Brooklyn, NY1 311 contributions
History
Apr 2021
Really great history site. Not a terrible climb and the combo ticket with lighthouse is a great deal. Usually not crowded
Written 5 April 2021
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10 783 contributions
Don’t Miss The Eternal Flame Memorial
Dec 2020
This 100 foot tall tower is the last lookout tower remaining on the southern New Jersey coast that was used as part of a coastal defense system used during World War II. This tower, also known as Fire Control Tower No. 23, is now part of the Cape May Point State Park. The tower is open to visitors during limited hours and contains exhibits detailing the history of the tower as well as the history of this particular tower.

Along the boardwalk leading to the tower are a series of information panels which provide comprehensive information of the tower and its role during World War II. There is also information regarding its use subsequent to World War II. At the rear of the tower is a statue memorializing an honoring World War II veterans which is titled “The Eternal Flame”. The great this about this “eternal flame” is that the “flames” will never be extinguished.
Written 2 January 2021
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Michael S
North Haven, CT39 contributions
Nice historic site
Sep 2020
clean, well kept and well set up...guides were informative and helpful when we visited. ample parking across the road
Written 2 October 2020
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Brie Valentino
Vernon, NJ668 contributions
Awesome :)
Jul 2020
Great activity. This is a great place to go to learn about the history that Cape May has.At the top a veteran talks about the history of the tower. I would return.
Written 2 August 2020
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Carol H
Monroe Township, NJ9 contributions
Piece of history
Jul 2020
We stopped to look at a piece of history. We didn't walk to the top of the tower, but it was open. Make certain to walk around to the back of the tower to see the sculpture of eternal flame in memory of veterans.
Written 30 July 2020
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LunaLove
London, Canada963 contributions
history comes to life.
Jan 2020
you don't hear a lot about the east coast down in NJ during the war but this brings you an education that you didn't know that you were missing.
Written 27 July 2020
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Thank you for visiting and we're glad you learned something new!
Written 27 July 2020
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Bernard B
4 contributions
See this place!
Oct 2019
Once you are inside this tower, you are transported back to the war years. Walk to the top floor and a veteran will explain why it was built, what took place in it, how the soldiers worked in it and how valuable it was to protect the coast. Amazing!
Written 11 March 2020
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Nigel F
East Windsor, NJ52 contributions
Piece of History
Feb 2020 • Couples
Interesting tower, nice signage around the tower. Check the hours, they aren't open all year round. Very close to Cape May lighthouse
Written 23 February 2020
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Colleen C
Troy, NY1 488 contributions
interesting
Jan 2020
The history is interesting and informative literature about 8 plagues line the walk from the parking lot (across the street) to the tower.
The tower is literally feet away from Sunset Beach.
There is a eternal flame dedicated to the local veterans in the back part of the tower
Tower is NOT open during the winter.
Written 26 January 2020
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trish f
3 contributions
Ww2 tower cape may
Dec 2019 • Couples
Disappointed that even on website said it was open but it was not. Area around it was really nice but should say in all newspaper and internet that even know it says open its closed I guess for the winter??
Written 10 December 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about World War II Lookout Tower

World War II Lookout Tower is open:
  • Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:00