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World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23

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Address: 756 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May, NJ 08204
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+1 609-884-5404
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Sat 12:00 - 15:00

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Every history buff should stop here!

The interior of the tower was closed when we visited, but it was still well worth the stop. There is a very short board walk style path that leads up and around the tower... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2016
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Columbus, Ohio
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 April 2016

i would recommend just going to the light house. it has a little bit of information about the war and how beach warfare it but i was not much interested in it.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

The Tower tells the little known and underappreciated role that the area played in World War II. The mouth of the bay was a critical location, protecting the facilities up the bay and river. As the Lighthouse served as a beacon to mariners, the Tower was an integral part of the facility that stood watch over the bay when German... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

The interior of the tower was closed when we visited, but it was still well worth the stop. There is a very short board walk style path that leads up and around the tower. Along the way, there are informational plaques that tell the story of the towers and how they were important during WW II.

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Mary S, Manager at World War II Lookout Tower / Fire Control Tower No. 23, responded to this review

The story that the area played in World War II is little known and underappreciated. The restoration of the Tower has provided the opportunity to make that story known. Please come back and climb the tower. More 

Stafford, VA
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137 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

A must for history buffs, the fire control tower is well preserved and well presented. Story boards outside explain how fixed fortifications became obsolete with the advent of modern amphibious warfare. The docent at the top of the tower was an Army vet who was very knowledgeable, and the displays in the tower were interesting and pertinent to the local... More 

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Cape May
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

This truly IS the real deal. Imagine looking out on the ocean for enemy submarines during World War II It doesn't get more Historic than this!And right down the street is Sunset Beach Voted in the Top 25 Beaches in the U.S. of A. 2013. Trip Advisor

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Thank Richard G
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016

We learned things we didnt know about WWII...how there were German subs off the coast, and more. Worthwhile visit just before you get to sunset beach where the emains of the Concrete ship is in the water. Do this, see the ship and have lunch at the grill at sunset beach or the cafe in cape may point. the lighthouse... More 

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Sewell, New Jersey
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Not like you can go anywhere and see a lookout tower from WWII. Worth a look and trip to the top for the views, gives you a little different perspective then the Lighthouse. Give it a look when you are headed to Sunset Beach

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Guilderland, New York
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

There was more to this tower than I originally thought. Interesting facts about the tower system in place for our protection. Nice tribute to our vets also.

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Thank Pipemann
NJ
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113 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015

Check this place out. Only $6 for great views and lots of stories! 101 stairs to the top! Lots to read and see on the way to the top!

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Andover, New Jersey
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

There two of these towers down in Cape May area. One is by Sunset Beach. You can climb the tower & on each landing there are facts about the tower & the men who manned it during WWll. The view from the top is spectacular. There is also an instrument (can't remember what it's called) that you can look through... More 

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NJ
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132 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Wonderful historical site. It's practically a museum in and of itself with all of the descriptions and photos on every level of the climb. A local historian provides more information at the top of the tower. Learned so much here.

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