National Lighthouse Day in Cape May Aug. 7

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CAPE MAY POINT - An aid to navigation since 1859 and one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the United States, the historic Cape May Lighthouse is hosting a day of family friendly activities and a crafts show at the base of the lighthouse from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of National Lighthouse Day, Thursday, Aug. 7.

Admission to the activities on the grounds is free. Admission to climb the lighthouse is $8 for adults and $3 for children (ages 3-12). The Cape May Lighthouse is located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township.

The purpose of National Lighthouse Day is to provide recognition for the important role that lighthouses played in the history of this country, and the values of safety, heroism, and American ingenuity that they represent, as well as honoring and encouraging continued restoration efforts for existing lighthouses.

MAC opened the ground floor of the Cape May Lighthouse to the public on July 18, 1987, and the full tower on May 28, 1988. With an annual visitation of over 87,000 (2013) who pay to climb, with perhaps as many more visiting the ground floor and Oil House without climbing, the Cape May Lighthouse is one of the most popular attractions on the Jersey Cape.

The Cape May Lighthouse is located at 215 Lighthouse Avenue in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township.


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