Explore Historic Cape May

Nestled in southern New Jersey, historic Cape May offers the essence of the Victorian era, with meticulously restored and maintained period homes along with excellent restaurants and accommodations.
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Nestled in southern New Jersey, historic Cape May offers the essence of the Victorian era, with meticulously restored and maintained period homes along with excellent restaurants and accommodations.

One of Cape May's landmarks is Congress Hall. Built in 1816, this beachfront hotel now boasts 21st-century upgrades and luxuries in a historic setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors to Cape May can take a walking or trolley tour of the 600 authentically restored Victorian homes or spend the night in one of the stately bed breakfast inns.

Built in 1859, the Cape May Lighthouse, at Cape May Point State Park, is a major attraction. The park's changing shoreline, dunes, freshwater coastal marsh and ponds, forested islands and varied uplands make it a great location for viewing the fall bird migration. The park also features Fire Control Tower 23, New Jersey's last remaining World War II tower, which was part of the immense Delaware Bay harbor defense system known as Fort Miles.

While Cape May began as a summer destination, it has transformed itself into a four-seasons resort. In winter, the town resembles a Currier Ives greeting card, hosting special holiday tours and events. Nearby Bridgeton is home to the popular Cohanzick Zoo and a historic district that features 2,200 Colonial, Victorian and Federalist buildings, plus unique shopping and dining options.

Explore beautiful Cape May, America's oldest seashore resort and the surrounding area to discover why it has become a favorite destination for visitors. For more information, contact: Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May, 609 Lafayette St., 609-884-5508. Bridgeton Historic District, 50 E. Broad St., 856-451-4802.