World War II Lookout Tower#7 in Best Things To Do in Cape May
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Part of Cape May Point State Park, the World War II Lookout Tower – officially known as Fire Control Tower No. 23 – was built in 1942 and is New Jersey's last restorable tower from World War II. Opened to the public in 2009, the tower played a major role in defending the coast during the war and is part of the Harbor Defense of the Delaware system (known as Fort Miles), which stretched from North Wildwood, New Jersey, to Bethany Beach, Delaware.
Today, travelers can climb six flights of stairs to the top of the structure and learn about the historical significance of the area during WWII – as well as how the tower was used to spot enemy ships. Visitors said scaling the tower is a great activity for history buffs and families alike, but noted that it is closed in the offseason and there is no restroom on-site (aside from a portable stall in a nearby parking lot). The bottom floor of the tower contains a small shop with water and souvenirs.
Admission costs $6 for adults and $3 for children between the ages of 3 and 12. Veterans and active military can enter for free. Tickets can be purchased online and at the tower when it is open. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. To learn more, visit the World War II Lookout Tower's website.
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#1 Cape May City Beaches
For many travelers, the allure of Cape May has much to do with its plethora of spacious, white sand beaches. The entire Jersey Cape (which stretches through 10 communities) boasts 30 miles of shoreline, and Cape May itself offers up 2 1/2 miles' worth. Across the various beaches, vacationers can swim, skimboard, surf, fish, kayak and play volleyball in designated areas. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer and all of Cape May's beaches are family-friendly. Alcohol is prohibited at all times and dogs are only welcome on the sand between November and March. Metered parking can be found along the main strip and you may also find free parking on side streets. Restrooms are located at every half-mile, as are open-air showers to rinse off sand.
Recent beachgoers said Cape May's shores were clean and easy to access. Many noted the stretches of sand were especially picturesque at sunrise and sunset, and some even spotted dolphins during these times. To enjoy fewer crowds, a few travelers recommended Poverty Beach, though families preferred to stay on the main promenade for easier access to bathrooms, umbrella rentals and restaurants. Keep in mind that some visitors reported the surf could be a bit rough at times, which may be dangerous for young children.
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