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Explore the nature trails, sunbathe on the beaches, people watch or enjoy the historical attractions at Cape May, New Jersey. The best way to get around the city is by bike or on foot; the terrain is flat and there is limited car parking.
Cape May has been a destination for tourists since the late 18th century. During its heyday in the 1800s, it was the destination of choice for wealthy travelers, attracting visitors from the former colonial capital of Philadelphia and from New York.
A visit to one of the local beaches is a great place to start your trip to Cape May. Watch a flag-lowering ceremony and see the 80-year-old wreck SS Atlantus at Sunset Beach, to the west of downtown Cape May. For a livelier scene, head to the popular beaches of Cape May city, located on the southeast side of the cape. To access these beaches, you’ll need to buy a beach tag from the City Hall Tax Office, or at the beach entrance during the summer season.
Further west down the Atlantic Coast lies the 244-acre Cape May Point State Park. There are nature trails, beaches and an observation platform from where you can see hawks flying overhead during the fall. It’s also home to the Cape May Lighthouse, New Jersey’s southernmost point. Climb up the 199 steps to enjoy striking vistas of the Delaware Bay below.
Boat trips are another popular activity in Cape May. Spend a morning out on the waves fishing, sightseeing or dolphin and whale watching.
Back on land, take the time to explore the town. The streets are lined with Victorian-era buildings. These are known as “painted ladies” because of their colorful appearance. The historic housing, which ranges from mansions to “gingerbread” cottages, is meticulously maintained.
After a day spent outdoors, enjoy a delicious meal of fresh local seafood at one of the restaurants on and around Beach Avenue.
Located in Cape May, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Cape May Convention Hall, Colonial House, and Easy Lynne Theater Company. Emlen Physick Estate and Cape May City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).
With direct access to the beach, this Wildwood Crest hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wildwood Beach, Doo Wop Experience, and Wildwood Convention Center. Lakeview Docks and Boardwalk Chapel are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Rio Grande, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Cape May National Golf Club and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. Wildwood Beach and Wildwood Convention Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
With direct access to the beach, this Cape May hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nature Center of Cape May, Cape May Convention Hall, and Colonial House. Emlen Physick Estate and Cape May City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Doo Wop Experience and George F. Boyer Museum. Boardwalk Chapel and Wildwood Convention Center are also within 10 minutes.
This Cape May hotel is within approximately one-quarter mile of the Cape May Stage and the Cape May City Hall. The Emlen Physick Estate is a mile away.
Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Adventure Pier, George F. Boyer Museum, and Boardwalk Chapel. Doo Wop Experience and Wildwood Convention Center are also within 10 minutes.
Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Wildwood Beach, Doo Wop Experience, and Wildwood Convention Center. Boardwalk Chapel and Adventure Pier are also within 15 minutes.