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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Visiting the Beautiful Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May Point State Park is located on the southern tip in the state of New Jersey. This park is the home of the famous Cape May Lighthouse. Getting to and from the park is really easy and once you are in Cape May...just follow all of the lighthouse signs.

Free and abundant parking is available and handicap spots are up close to the building and to the lighthouse. Visiting the park is FREE but if you want to go inside the lighthouse and climb to the top, you will have to pay an admission fee.

The lighthouse was built in 1859 and is still a working & functioning lighthouse. If you are in great shape and can handle a lot of walking...you can try to climb the 199 steps to the top. Once you are up there, you will get the best views of Cape May, the Atlantic Ocean, the Bay and all of the surrounding area. Trust me...if you can do it, I highly recommend it!
It's owned by the State of New Jersey and leased out to Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. This group raises funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the lighthouse so that we all can enjoy it for many years to come.

At the very bottom of the lighthouse is a very small gift shop. You can buy your souvenirs in there along with some bottled water and candy treats. I do need to caution you, I found their souvenir selections to be very limited and a little bit on the pricey side.
Seashell Display - Educational Building
Surrounding the Cape May Lighthouse is a gorgeous state park. On the property is an educational building where you can walk through and see their displays & exhibits that they have set up and then take a short walk up onto the mini boardwalk & overlook deck to see some gorgeous views of the water, surrounding marshes and of course...the lighthouse!

The Cape May Lighthouse is within a short driving distance from Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor and Wildwood in New Jersey. If you are going to be visiting any of the southern jersey shore locations, I highly recommend that you pay them a visit!

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