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Cape May is the Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort - America's Only National Historic Landmark City.

Hundreds of Couples from all over the United States choose Cape May for their weddings every year.

Any time is a good time to visit Cape May. Though its reputation grew out of its history as a seaside resort popular in the 1870's, Cape May today is not only a time capsule of Victorian architecture, but a nationally renowned bed and breakfast capital.

Below are some of our suggestions to maximize your stay and enjoy Cape May.

For a quick look watch this video:

Cape May Video from bluemarlinfish on Vimeo.

Victorian Houses Tour

Victorian Houses Tour

Columbia Ave and Jackson Street

Do not, and we mean do not miss out on walking along Columbia Ave.

To get there from Peter Shields just drive (or walk) along Beach Ave towards west of Cape May (to where the city center is) then turn right on Ocean St. That's 10 blocks over from Peter Shields Inn. Then turn right again to Columbia St. There you would see a long row of beautiful old Victorian houses.

For oldest street with older Victorian Houses stay in Columbia St. then turn on Franklin then right on Hughes.

Another nice row of beautiful Victorian houses can be found along Jackson St.
To get to Jackson St. go back to Beach Ave (from Columbia, drive back to Oceant St then turn left at Ocean St, you would reach a dead end, that's beach ave) then turn right at beach ave then drive westward again. Jackson St is two blocks over from Ocean street. Please note though, that if you're driving, Jackson St is one way. So you need to turn right to the street next to Jackson which is Perry. Then two blocks over is La Fayette (or E Lyle), then turn right to Jackson St. While you are at Jackson St. don't forget to drop by at Mad Batter and try their very delicious crab cake.

Or you can try the trolley tour. They would take you to more interesting streets and more victorian houses, here's the link:

http://www.capemaymac.org/content/events.aspx?evt=Welcome+to+Cape+May+Trolley+Tour&id=162

It's $10 per adult and the trolley picks up passenger at Washington corner Ocean St. Right in front of the Christmas store. You can buy your tickets from their booth too which is also along Washington corner Decatur.

Good Eats

Good Eats

Hailed as the restaurant capital of New Jersey, Cape May boasts many delectable options for everything from fine dining to beachfront grub.

Our favorite place is Mad Batter. It's famous for its eclectic brunch menu and award-winning jumbo lump crab cakes (19 Jackson Street; 609-884-5970 ; madbatter.com). If it's not too cold sit outside and enjoy the view of the beautiful Victorian houses lining Jackson St.

Another favorite place of ours is Peter Shields they have excellent meal too and is also Zagat rated like Mad Batter.

Other must-try, according to the Cape May website are The Washington Inn (801 Washington Street; 609-884-5697 ), Union Park (Beach Avenue at Howard Street; 609-884-8811 ; unionparkdiningroom.com), and the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel (25 Jackson Street; 609-884-5700 ; virginiahotel.com) are just a few of the award-winning upscale establishments in town. For more casual fare, or after a day of surf and sand, head to Cabanas Beach Bar & Grill to grab a quick bite (try the awesome hot crab and artichoke dip) with a cold beer or refreshing margarita (429 Beach Avenue at Decatur Street; 609-884-4800 ; cabanasonthebeach.com). For breakfast, try the Greek eatery George’s Place (Beach and Perry streets; 609-884-6088 ).

Fun in the Sun

Fun in the Sun

Grab the SPF and catch some rays at Cape May beaches, but don’t forget to get your beach badges first. This year’s Beach Chart says daily badges are $5, while three-day badges will run you $10 (children under 12 are free). Or take a cruise along the shore to climb the Cape May Lighthouse. Re-built in 1859, the lighthouse is one of the oldest operating in the country and continues to be maintained and restored by MAC.

Shopping

Shopping

The Washington Street Mall is the strip to hit for those special souvenirs. We specially recommend dropping by "Just for Laughs" for gag gifts, also the "A place on earth" where you can find some out of this world soaps like, well, go see for yourself. It's located right below the Christmas store and also close to the booth for trolly tix (washington st mall corner ocean st). Here's their website: http://aplaceonearth.com/freshsoaps.html

Browse the lane of diverse shops including Whale’s Tale, featuring unique home goods, jewelry, and children’s gifts. It was also NJM’s pick for best gift shop in South Jersey this year (312 Washington Street Mall; 609-884-4808 , whalestalecapemay.com). Here's the map of Washington Street Mall:
http://www.washingtonstreetmall.com/visitor-info/map-of-stores

Around the corner stands a pink Victorian that is home to the chic boutique Victorious. You’re sure to find something remarkable at this shop of stylish designer clothes, vintage and modern jewelry, and one-of-a-kind accessories (Congress Hall Shops and 315 Ocean Street; 609-898-1777 ; victoriousantiques.com).

Ferry Beach Hopping

You can just park your car or take it with you inside the ferry!

The ferry would take you to Rehoboth,Delaware where you can enjoy their beach.

Fare is $36 one way if you're bringing your car, van or truck. Or $10 one way trip if on foot.

For more schedules and fares:
http://www.capemaylewesferry.com/Schedules-Fares

Cape May Museums and Historic Artifacts

Cape May Museums and Historic Artifacts

Cape May Lighthouse
Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point
609-884-8656
The lighthouse is open daily from April to November, and weekends during most of the year. Tours are self-guided.
http://capemaymac.org/attractions/lighthouse/index.html

The Colonial House
Greater Cape May Historical Society
653 1/2 Washington St.
609-884-9100
http://www.capemayhistory.org/

Fire Control Tower 23
Sunset Boulevard, on the way to Sunset Beach
http://www.capemaymac.org/content/subpage_main.aspx?id=2030&terms=fire+tower+23

Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9
Cold Spring, NJ
609-898-2300
http://www.hcsv.org/

More more more

More more more

1. Visit Emlen Physick Estate for a glimpse of life as it was lived over 100 years ago.

http://www.capemaymac.org/content/subpage_main.aspx?id=3604

2. The Lighthouse at Cape May Point, built in 1859, is a state park that offers a wonderful historic and recreational experience. See the spectacular view of the ocean from the top and explore the surrounding bird and hiking trails.

http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=389
http://www.njaudubon.org/ (bird-watching)

3. Discover the Cape May County Zoo, once referred to as "the best-kept secret in Cape May County." The FREE zoo is now one of Jersey Shore's top attractions.

http://www.co.cape-may.nj.us/cit-e-access/webpage.cfm?tid=5&tpid=442

4. Take a wine tour at the Cape May Winery & Vineyard. Learn from grapes to bottle how Cape May's local wine is made from over 16 different varieties of grapes on their four vineyards.

http://capemaywinery.com/

5. Escape the stress of your world as you step into the Cape May Day Spa. A full-service day spa offering a wide array of reinvigorating and relaxing spa services, including signature massages, body treatments, facials, hair removal, baths, pedicures and manicures.

http://capemaydayspa.com/

Off-Island Day Trips

Off-Island Day Trips

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The Wildwoods
12 minutes from Cape May
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What you'll find: The Wildwoods are home to amusement parks and shops and restaurants along their wooden boardwalk.
Attractions: Morey's Piers
How to get there: Take the Garden State Parkway to exit 4 toward Wildwood.



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Atlantic City
45 minutes from Cape May
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What you'll find: Atlantic City Airport, casinos, outlet shopping, luxury retail, fine dining, live shows, boardwalk with jitneys, and the historic Steel Pier.

Attractions: Atlantic City Aquarium, Steel Pier

Buses/Shuttles from Cape May, NJ to Atlantic City
Lion Limousines: (609) 889-0925
NJ Transit: (973) 275-5555



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Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, DE
1 hour, 25 minutes by ferry from Cape May
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You can just park your car or take it with you inside the ferry!
The ferry would take you to Rehoboth,Delaware where you can enjoy their beach.
Fare is $36 one way if you're bringing your car, van or truck. Or $10 one way trip if on foot.

For more updated schedules and fares:
http://www.capemaylewesferry.com/Schedules-Fares




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Philadelphia
2 hours from Cape May
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Philadelphia served as one of America's first capitals and is home to a wealth of American history, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were adopted. If you are visiting with schoolage children, we highly recommend this day trip!

Tours of Independence Hall are free, but you will need a ticket during the summer which designates the time of your tour. There is no cost, nor are tickets required to visit the LIberty Bell.

What you'll find: The Philadelphia International Airport, museums, restaurants, shopping, theater, sports stadiums (Eagles, Phillies, Flyers)

Attractions: Independence Hall , the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia Museum of Art, U.S. Mint, Penns Landing, Valley Forge (another 30-40 minute drive).



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