Family Vacations: Cape May

Visitors to Cape May can take a day trip on Cape May Lewes Ferry.

Cape May is a peninsula at the southernmost tip of New Jersey and the nation's oldest seaside resort. It was settled by whalers in the 17th century and is now a magnet for visitors from New Jersey, New York, and eastern Pennsylvania. Because a fire swept the little town in 1878, it was rebuilt in the Victorian style of the day, setting the architectural tone for what remains a charming, old-fashioned resort.

Cape May is the gateway to the 30 miles of sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches along the Jersey Cape that connect the resort towns of Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and the Wildwoods. You'll find plenty of enticing attractions here. Take a nature walk at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor or Leamin's Run Gardens (25 gardens on 30 acres). Visit Historic Cold Spring Village, an Early American living-history museum on 22 acres, or the Cape May County History Museum in the 1755 John Holmes House.

The white Cape May Lighthouse towers 157 feet high and serves as a peaceful sentry over the picturesque peninsula. The cape offers plenty of amusements that have kept fun-lovers coming back for almost 150 years, such as the boardwalk piers in Ocean City and the Wildwoods. You can also charter fishing boats, rent speedboats, kayak, or parasail. And with 30 miles of pure, white sand, it's possible to find some quiet, too.

Cape May Information

Address: 513 Washington St. Mall, 2nd Floor, Cape May, NJ

Telephone: 609/898-4500, 888/898-2997

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