• Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 4 PM
  • Open daily starting May 27 10 am - 5 pm
  • weather-dependent please call or check website before visiting
  • Group tours
  • self-guided tours
  • family-friendly programming
  • full moon climbs
  • on-site parking
  • RV-friendly
  • Visitors center ADA accessible
  • gift shop
  • public restrooms
  • Adults: $8
  • Children (3 - 12): $5
  • free for MAC members

Cape May Lighthouse

215 Light House Ave, Lower Township, NJ 08212


Constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1859, the Cape May Lighthouse is the last in a series of lighthouses to occupy this site and is one of the country's oldest lighthouses in continuous operation. In 1860 two lighthouse keepers' dwellings were built, one of which still remains and is used by the State Park Service. In 1893, an oil house was constructed, which is also still intact. The lighthouse apparatus was electrified in 1933. The original first order Fresnel lens can now be view at the nearby Cape May museum.

In addition to serving an essential navigational function, the lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction; more than 2.5 million visitors have climbed the lighthouse since it opened to the public in 1988. Located within Cape May Point State Park, it remains a highly visible reminder of New Jersey's maritime legacy.

The Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (Cape May MAC), operates the lighthouse as well as two other highly popular sites, the Emlen Physick Estate and the World War II Lookout Tower.


  • Climb to the top and enjoy unparalleled views of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean
  • Peak into the Oil House, which contains the visitors center and museum shop
  • Take advantage of some of the many family-friendly programs offered by Cape May MAC including Christmas in July, lighthouse story time, and special events for National Lighthouse Day
  • Get a different kind of view on a full moon lighthouse climb

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