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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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Beach
Cape May City Beaches
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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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
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Farm
Jersey Shore Alpacas
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Cape May

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

Hidden gems in Cape May

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

Shopping in Cape May

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Shopping Mall
Washington Street Mall
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Antique Store
Valentino's
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
West End Garage
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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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
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Wildlife Area
Nature Center of Cape May
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Garrett Family Preserve
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Cape May

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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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