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Monday, July 28, 2014

Cape May's World War II Lookout Tower

Back in June we had the pleasure of visiting the Cape May area in New Jersey. We have been to the area many times over the past 15 years and love it. There are a ton of family-friendly activities for you to enjoy and fortunately, most are very affordable!

Recently we had the pleasure of visiting Cape May's World War II Lookout Tower, known as the Fire Control Tower no. 23 which is a combination museum and memorial. It is located on Sunset Boulevard near Cape May Point in New Jersey.

This is a historic site that has been restored and preserved that families who are interested in history can enjoy. The fire tower is New Jersey's last free-standing World War II tower, part of the Delaware Harbor Defense. It was built in 1942 and the tower was one of 15 towers used as an observation post to try to detect enemy vessels.

Around the tower are some memorials where you can learn more by reading about them on the signs that they have posted. Inside is a spiral staircase that takes you to the top and you can read interpretive panels and see photos that explain the tower's function.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and the first two children ages 3-12 in age are FREE with a paying adult. Additional children is $2.00 each and active & retired military (with ID) are $2.00 each.

The Cape May World War II Lookout Tower is within walking distance of Sunset Beach which has a flag ceremony every evening, a few little gift shops, the concrete sunken ship and a nearby grill where you can grab lunch. Right next door to the main gift shop is a beautifully landscaped miniature golf course.

When visiting, plan to visit for a few hours so you can tour the tower, shop, play mini golf, watch the flag ceremony and grab a quick bite to eat. We really enjoyed spending our afternoon down at Sunset Beach seeing all of the attractions and highly recommend that you visit.

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