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Trip List by Ben M

Things to do in Cape May

Jun 1, 2009  Long time visitor, weekly columnist for Exit Zero magazine and author of The First Resort
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 4 votes

Cape May is a wonderful city filled with things to do for people of all ages. I am frequently asked what activities I recommend and in addition to the standard seaside fare, here are a few of my favorites...

  • 1. Cape May Lighthouse
    Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May

    Learn about our rich maritime history and enjoy an unparalleled view of the Cape with a climb to the top of the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse.

  • 2. Emlen Physick Estate
    Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May

    Visit the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, for a glimpse into life as it was lived more than 100 years ago.

  • 3. Sunset Beach
    Sunset Beach, Lower Township

    About the exquisite nightly flag ceremony- "When visiting Cape May and Sunset Beach, be sure to leave at least one night open to join us for our evening flag ceremony held daily in season (May through September). We are immensely proud of this tradition which has been a staple of our area for over 40 years. All of the flags that we fly at our mast are veterans' casket flags that have been donated by the families. We are honored to fly them here at Sunset Beach. There is nothing as thought provoking than to watch the sun set over the Delaware Bay while taps plays and Old Glory is lowered for the evening. If you have not experienced this emotionally moving tradition, we invite you to be a participant in this celebration of being an American."

  • 4. Turdo Vineyards & Winery
    Turdo Vineyards & Winery, Cape May

    Turdo Vineyards is a family owned and run operation. It all begins with Sal, he is the owner, as well as master wine maker. His vision, commitment, and determination is what turned 5 acres of woods he purchased almost ten years ago, into a very successful fully operational vineyard and winery.
    Wine Tasting Available Thursday thru Sunday 12-5pm
    Starting Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day,
    Wine Tasting Available Daily 12-5pm

  • 5. Cape May Winery
    Cape May Winery, Cape May

    Cape May Winery tours are a great way to spend the
    afternoon. Not only do you learn how the wine
    is made, from vines to wines, but you have
    fun doing it. Tours are offered year round
    and cost $20 per person (children under 21 are
    free). Included is a tour of the vineyard and facility,
    a wine tasting, including a barrel tasting,
    a fruit & cheese platter and a souvenir glass.

  • 6. Washington Street Mall
    Washington Street Mall, Cape May

    The shops of Cape May’s Washington Street Mall are privately or family owned. Several have been in the same families for generations. Awnings are still cranked down to shelter merchandise from the morning (or evening) sun. Merchants can still be seen sweeping the sidewalks in front of their shops. Ice cream parlors, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants are everywhere offering oases of refreshment. Flowers abound. In the summer, the Mall is the place to explore after dinner and before the bands start. Enjoy the many fine stores and restaurants on Cape May’s Washington Street Mall during the winter months, when shopping is a pleasure. With knowledgeable merchants, many special services and a large variety of merchandise at great prices you’ll discover Cape May’s year round charm.

  • 7. Nature Center of Cape May
    Nature Center of Cape May, Cape May

    The Nature Center of Cape May was founded in 1992, with the twin goals of creating a responsible stewardship program for open space surrounding Cape May Harbor and providing environmental education for people of all ages. The Center's focus on "hands-on" activities reflects a philosophy of personal responsibility for education. Adopted by the New Jersey Audubon Society in 1995, the Nature Center of Cape May is one of nine staffed nature centers throughout the state.

  • 8. Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center
    Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center, Cape May

    The Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center (CMWW & RC) presents an unparalleled seafaring safari to the oceanic wonders of the Atlantic. Thrill to breathtaking sights of the world's largest mammals surfacing and breaching. Enjoy the antics of man's best friends - the dolphins, as they cavort and frolic right alongside the boat. See pelagic birds soaring overhead. And stay alert for the sudden photo opportunity, by a seldom seen, rare and endangered species, for you to capture its essence on film.

  • 9. Historic Cold Spring Village
    Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May

    A 22 acre 19th century living history museum and 25 Restored Historic Buildings. Interpretors display their crafts and discuss life in the 1850's.

  • 10. Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

    NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum now boasts over 26 aircraft (including an F-14 Tomcat) as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs and more. Additionally, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia has provided NAS Wildwood with a wealth of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight. The museum also features a library, food vending area as well as a recently expanded gift shop.

  • 11. Tour Fire Control Tower No. 23

    Cape May’s role during World War II is revealed with a visit to the newly restored World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) Museum and Memorial.

  • 12. Forgotten Warriors Vietnam/Korean War Museum

    A haunting museum that is smaller in size, but enormous in spirit and exhibits. It is very difficult to walk into this powerful museum and not be immediately pulled in to the amazing stories that abound in every display.

    Sumer hours: May-September 9am-5pm every day
    Winter hours: Sept-May M-F Closed ~Open weekends 9am-4pm
    Admission: FREE - donations accepted
    Parking: FREE
    Accessibility- Fully ADA compliant

  • 13. The Cape May Promenade

    After a series of storms wiped out Cape May's famous boardwalk (one of the first in the country), it was replaced with a concrete and blacktop seawall affectionately known as 'the Promenade'. Nowadays, the promenade is home to few businesses, keeping the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean intact and restricting the commercialism that has infected so many other boardwalks. There are two small arcades for kids and a handful of small restaurants, but the best part of the Promenade is simply... promenading up and down it!

  • 14. Miniature Golf

    Cape May is home to a couple of great miniature golfing spots that are consistently family favorites year after year

  • 15. Tours, Tours and More Tours...

    Being the oldest seaside resort in America means that the city is literally filled with history. In fact, the US Department of the Interior has recognized the entire city of Cape May as a National Historic Landmark, much the same as Colonial Williamsburg. There is a wonderful organization in Cape May named the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) that organizes a multitude of tours from individual self-guided options to a wide range of trolley tours. No visit to Cape May is complete without taking a ride on one of MAC's famous trolleys!