What to do in Cape May, NJ

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Cape May

Cape May Attractions

There's something rather special about smaller cities. Whether you're traveling to Cape May for a weekend or you're staying a little longer, it won't take you long to fall in love with this destination. In fact, with so many fantastic things to do and awesome sights to take in, you probably won't want to leave!

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Cape May must see attractions

1. Sunset Beach

Come to Sunset Beach at dusk to find out how this section of shoreline earned its name. The gorgeous stretch of sand on the west side of Cape May Point is one of the best places in New Jersey to watch the day’s light fade away across the waters of Delaware Bay. You can also take part in a reverent flag-raising ceremony each night during summer. Stop by the beach during the day and discover lots more to see, from a World War I curiosity, to diamond-like quartz scattered across the sand.
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Sunset Beach showing general coastal views and a sandy beach

2. Washington Street Mall

The Washington Street Mall sprawls across three blocks in the center of Cape May. Browse an array of family-run stores and independent restaurants. A day at the mall here could include purchasing handcrafted soaps, shopping for delicacies at high-end grocers and finishing with a meal in one of the popular restaurants.
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Washington Street Mall showing street scenes and a small town or village

3. Poverty Beach

Poverty Beach is a long stretch of sand popular with surfers that runs for about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) along the Atlantic Ocean. It provides stunning views and ample sunbathing opportunities. Work on your tan in the seclusion and serenity of this bay.
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Poverty Beach featuring general coastal views and a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

4. Historic Cold Spring Village

Historic Cold Spring Village makes for an unforgettable trip back in time to the beginnings of southern New Jersey. Set across more than 30 acres (12 hectares), the site is an open-air museum with recreated buildings and a brewery. Visit the village on a tour with a docent to get a better understanding of local history.
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5. Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Find out more about the wonder of flight at the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, a fun-filled and family-friendly attraction in Cape May. The museum occupies a World War II aircraft hangar and is filled with interactive exhibits and stunning plane models from aviation history.
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Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum which includes military items and interior views

6. Emlen Physick Estate

Step back in time at the Emlen Physick Estate. This stunning Victorian mansion has played a key role in the history of Cape May and today offers an insight into the region’s past. Explore immaculately preserved rooms, complete with 19th-century architecture and ornaments, to get a glimpse of life in New Jersey in bygone eras.
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Emlen Physick Estate showing interior views, heritage elements and a house

7. Nature Center of Cape May

The Nature Center of Cape May is a fascinating museum that sheds light on the ecology and natural environment of the area. You’ll recognize it by the three-story tower topped by a light-blue gabled roof at the site’s entrance. Learn about Cape May, its nature and its wildlife through the various exhibits across this complex.
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Nature Center of Cape May

What to do in Cape May

Free Things to Do in Cape May

There's no need to dig deep into your pockets in Cape May. The following won't even cost a penny.

Cape May Bird Observatory - Get close to the animal world and learn a thing or two.

Cape May Beach - Practice skipping stones, watch the sun come up or just revel in the views from the shore.

Things to Do in Cape May with Kids

There are plenty of memorable experiences in Cape May that the entire gang will love. Here are some of the top family friendly experiences in the area.


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Frequently asked questions

What should I not miss in Cape May?
If you’ve only got time to explore one attraction here, make it Cape May Lighthouse.
Are there cheap things to do in Cape May?
There are lots of tours and activities here that are ideal if you’re watching your budget:

What can you do in Cape May for free?
Your trip to Cape May doesn’t have to cost a fortune with free attractions like these to enjoy:

  • Sunset Beach
  • Washington Street Mall
  • Poverty Beach
  • Cape May Bird Observatory

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