Photo courtesy of Cape May MAC

You’ve probably got your New Year’s Eve plans sorted out (if not, click here for some great ideas) but what are you and the family doing New Year’s Day? Start the year off with a fun family activity by visiting the Cape May Lighthouse, which will be open from 12pm -4pm on January 1, 2022.

Cape May is known for their holiday fun, but it’s also worth visiting here on New Year’s Day. Take a brisk climb up the original cast-iron spiral stairway to the Watch Gallery at the top of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. Winter is the perfect time to make the climb to the top and you’ll get a great view of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, plus the surrounding nature trails of Cape May Point State Park. Plus, getting some exercise together as a family is a fun and healthy way to start the year!

Kids will especially enjoy reading the stories of the Lighthouse Keepers. Open to the public since 1988, this iconic NJ landmark is listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Cape May Lighthouse is actually still an active aid to navigation since it was restored by Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture).
So far 2.5 million visitors have climbed to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse, and you could be among those to reach the top in 2022! Admission to climb is $12 adults, $8 children (ages 3-12) and veterans. For more information on holiday and winter hours, visit or call 609-884-5404.
For big history buffs, you can also take a two-hour Historic District Trolley Tour and Emlen Physick Estate Guided Tour on New Year’s Day, happening at 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m., or the Emlen Physick Estate Tour separately at 12:30 and 1:45 p.m. Admission to the Combination tour is $35 adults, $25 children (ages 3-12). The Emlen Physick Estate tour separately is $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12).