Cape May

Fine wines, outstanding restaurants, classic jazz festivals and special events year 'round. Some things just get better with age, and charming Cape May is no exception. This historic Victorian seaside gem is the oldest resort and one of the most beautiful spots in the country. The entire city is a National Historic District, with nearly 600 preserved Victorian buildings.

For a closer view of the gingerbread trim, visit the preserved 1879 Emlen Physick Estate.

Trolley tours take in the historic district, as does the popular evening ghost tour. And of course dozens of Victorian B&Bs stand with rocking chairs at the ready.

The natural beauty of the southernmost beach in the state has been a draw for centuries. A lovely promenade runs along the sand, perfect for biking or jogging. On Sunset Beach, you can search for Cape May Diamonds (polished quartz that washes up on shore).

The pedestrian friendly Washington Street Mall is a hub of shopping activity. For fresh seafood, dine at the Lobster House on Fisherman’s Wharf, overlooking Cape May Harbor.

Make a point to stop by Cape May’s famous Food & Wine Festival to enjoy great food, fine wine and all types of culinary delights.

Enjoy all the events including, winery tours and tastings, a five-course beer tasting dinner, a Gourmet Marketplace, luncheons at some of Cape May’s best restaurants, Chefs’ Dine-Arounds, the popular People’s Choice Chowder Contest and numerous seminars and classes.

Don’t Miss:

  • Ocean views from the top of the historic 1858 Cape May lighthouse or World War II Fire Control Tower No. 23. Both are located at Cape May Point State Park.
  • The Cape May Stage and the East Lynne Theater Company for live entertainment.
  • Wine tasting at Cape May Winery.
  • The free Cape May County Park and Zoo for Nature Lovers.
  • Try spotting whales and dolphins aboard the aptly named Cape May Whale Watcher. Then take your binoculars to the Cape May Bird Observatory – the “birding migration capital of North America.”