Cape May Things to Do
Historic Cape May lies at the end of the Jersey Shore. Head here for wonderful beaches, magnificent sunsets, whale watching and a town of painted ladies. From colorful houses to long miles of beaches, Cape May is one of New Jersey’s favorite destinations.
Tour the Town
Begin with a trolley tour. Cape May is dotted with restored Victorian mansions in lovely, vivid colors known as painted ladies. A trolley tour will help you appreciate the history of the city’s biggest mansions. Learn to tell the difference between Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival housing types.
Head off to the docks for a trip of a few hours along the deep waters just off the town to see dolphins and whales. A naturalist will help you understand the differences between the types of whales a few feet off the deck.
Enjoy a Beach Trip
Several beaches surround Cape May in several directions. To get access, you will need to buy a pass. You can also rent other items along the boardwalk like beach chairs and beach umbrellas. If you’re not in the mood for the beach, relax on the boardwalk.
Cape May Point State Park
A key site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage trail, the state park is home to large flocks of migrating birds like herons and cormorants. Start with a look at the park lighthouse. Then, you will find a beach with few crowds even at the height of the summer season. If you want to see birds, head for one of three color-coded trails on the grounds.
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