Places to Visit in Cape May

Places to Visit in Cape May
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As you can expect from a Mid-Atlantic vacation spot, Cape May boasts typical seaside attractions and offers stunning ocean views, though you'll be glad to know that board-walk attractions aren’t the only thing to see and do in Cape May.

Cape May isn’t just a traditional New Jersey resort and once you get there you’ll feel as if you stepped back in time, especially during Victorian Week, which is one of the best times of the year to visit Cape May.

Cape May is filled with beautiful Victorian homes as well as hitching posts for horses and Victorian mailbox posts, which makes Cape May one of the top places to visit on the East Coast of USA.

The best thing about Cape May is its friendly and laid-back atmosphere with a slow-pace of life typical of states in New England. Besides marveling at the beautiful Victorian houses and spending time at the beautiful beaches there are also lots of places to visit in Cape May such as:

Mid-Atlantic Center

The Mid-Atlantic Center (MAC) serves as a Visitors Center for the town which makes it one of the best starting points in Cape May if you’re a first time visitor.

The MAC offers various guided tours like history and war tours, as well as fun events, family workshops and craft shows.

The MAC is located behind the Emlen Physick Estate and offers all year-round tours and special events such as haunted tours in Halloween and fun family activities like a treasure hunt.

Emlen Physick Estate

Emlen Physick Estate is one of the many Victorian houses in Cape open to the public and one of the best examples of a period home boasting original furnishings and many antiques. The Estate is adjacent the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, and offers tours on a daily basis.

Historic Cold Spring Village

Historic Cold Spring Village is one of the best places in Cape May where the entire family can have an enjoyable time learning how life would’ve been like in the 1800’s.

The village is a collection of original buildings such as a schoolhouse and a blacksmith shop, and you’ll be able to enjoy educational and fun activities like basket and pottery making activities and live demonstrations.

Washington Street Mall

Washington Street Mall is the heart of the town and also one of the best places to visit in Cape May to see beautiful Victorian homes and enjoy live music.

Washington Mall isn’t a huge mall but rather a pedestrian-only district that boasts loads of small shops like gift shops and jewelry shops; restaurants, cafes and bed and breakfasts.

Cape May Boat Tours

A vacation in Cape May wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a ferry trip to Lewes, and/or a boating tour such as a whale watching tour, a sightseeing cruise, or a fun kayaking nature tour along Cape May Harbor.

Most of the well known tour operators are located along Cape May Harbor and include the whale and dolphin watch research center, Roseman’s boat yard, Gallant lady fishing boat, Aqua trails kayak tours and Corinthian yacht club.

The ferry day trip to Lewes Delaware is also a popular activity and one of the best things to do in Cape May as you’ll get lovely views of the harbor and see marine life like dolphins. The ferry terminal is located in North Cape, not far from the historic Cape May Point Lighthouse.

Cape May Stage

Cape May Stage is located a short walk from Washington Mall and it’s the best places to visit in Cape May to enjoy a fun evening out. The Stage Theatre offers high quality Broadway-type shows such as comedy and romantic shows like the popular ‘I Hate Hamlet’

Cape May Point Lighthouse

Cape May Point Lighthouse is one of the top attractions in town and it’s one of the top places to visit Cape May as it offers loads to do.

Besides being able to enjoy panoramic views from the top of the lighthouse, you’ll be able to enjoy hiking, bird watching and picnicking on the lighthouse’s grounds, and you’ll also be able to see a World War II military bunker and Hawk banding demonstrations.

Cape May Vineyards

If you’re looking for places to visit in Cape May where you can enjoy a fun afternoon, the town boasts many vineyards where you can enjoy a pleasant outing and wine tasting. A few of the top vineyards in Cape May include Cape Winery, Turdo Vineyards and Natali Vineyards.

Cape May Bird Observatory

If you’re traveling to Cape May this fall or spring, one of the top places to visit in Cape May is the Bird Observatory.

The Observatory is located near the Beaver Swamp Fish and WMA (around 25 minutes drive north of downtown Cape May), and it’s worth passing by just to see the amazing bird migration.

Cape May Seashore Lines

Cape May Seashore Lines is a historic railroad that still preserves the glorious days when steam-pulling engines would travel along Jersey Shore.

Cape May is also a great spot to spend the fall foliage and Christmas since Cape May Seashore Lines offer various types of train excursions like fall foliage tours and themed train tours like the Santa Express.

Seashore Lines is located in Cape May nearby Historic Cold Spring Village and runs to Tuckahoe Village and Richland Village.

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