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Cape May

4.1
Beaches · Lighthouses · Wineries & Vineyards
The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere. This town lays claim to being the U.S.'s first seaside resort, and you can witness this tradition in the Victorian-era houses that characterize the town's architecture. Whalers and fishermen originally settled Cape May during America's colonial period, and fishing remains the town's other big industry besides tourism. The cape is small enough that, if you arrive by car, you can just park and make your way around on foot or bike. In the build up to your vacation in Cape May, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our United States day trip planner.
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Popular things to do in Cape May

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Cape May City Beaches ©
Beach
Cape May City Beaches
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Lighthouse
Cape May Lighthouse
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Jersey Shore Alpacas ©
Farm
Jersey Shore Alpacas
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Cape May

Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks ©
Water Park
Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks Wildwood
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
Ocean City Boardwalk ©
Pier / Boardwalk
Ocean City Boardwalk Ocean City
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Wildwood Beach ©
Beach
Wildwood Beach Wildwood
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Cape May

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Food Tour
Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
South Cape May Meadows ©
Wildlife Area
South Cape May Meadows
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Historic Cold Spring Village ©
Historic Site
Historic Cold Spring Village
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
World War II Lookout Tower ©
Lookout
World War II Lookout Tower
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Cape May

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Washington Street Mall ©
Shopping Mall
Washington Street Mall
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Valentino's
Antique Store
Valentino's
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
West End Garage ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
West End Garage
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Out of the Past Antiques ©
Antique Store
Out of the Past Antiques
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Wildlife in Cape May

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Nature Center of Cape May ©
Wildlife Area
Nature Center of Cape May
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Garrett Family Preserve ©
Wildlife Area
Garrett Family Preserve
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Cape May

Poverty Beach ©
Beach
Poverty Beach
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
3.9
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Cape May

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