My first trip to Cape May, NJ, included a ride on Airboat Adventures' fleet, and I'm so glad it did!
The Jersey Shore's only airboat has no propelling mechanisms in its undercarriage, which means we were able to access areas that other boats cannot. We enjoyed zipping through the marshes and then slowing down to observe the local wildlife--which include ospreys and dolphins! If you have kids, they'll love when the captain stops the boat and scoops up crabs and other creatures out of the bay. My favorite part? Enjoying the COMPLETELY still waters when we were....well, I'm not sure WHERE we were, but it felt like we were 100,000 miles away from any other human beings.
Mark and Anna, the proprietors of Airboat Adventures, were our captains and tour guides. Long-time residents of Cape May/Wildwood, they had interesting information to share about the wildlife, the local ecosystem, and also the community at large. Mark and Anna have worked as lifeguards, oyster farmers, and commercial fishermen. We had so much fun learning, through them, about the daily life of a Cape May resident. Do YOU know where oyster farmers go to get the best homemade sausage in town? (Gaiss' Meat Market!) Do you know which bar Cape May's grizzled old fishermen go for cheap beers after work? (Meyers!) Where do lifeguards hang out after their shift is over? (The Rusty Nail!) What's the most interesting local publication? (Exit Zero Magazine!)
The operators of Airboat Adventures won't treat you like an annoying tourist. They're friendly, down-to-earth people who will make you feel like you're a local who is enjoying a boat ride with friends. Oh, and the cherry on top of the sundae? You won't pay your fare until AFTER the ride is over, because if you don't enjoy your ride, they don't want your money.
Tourism in Cape May is down post-Sandy. Go support this and other great local businesses that are part of a fantastic community.
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