Cape May is a picturesque city located at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula, in Cape May County. As the United States’ oldest seashore resort, Cape May has a relatively low population year round, and then grows exponentially in the summer, by as many as 50,000 annual visitors. All of Cape May has been designated a National Historic Landmark, due to the city’s high concentration and number of Victorian houses.
With all that the city has to offer, our team at Wilsey Realty thought that we would put together a list of the Top 10 reasons to visit Cape May. Our favorite reasons are below:
- The beaches. Cape May has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of the United States, and is truly a beach lover’s paradise. Be sure not to miss Poverty Beach and Higbee Beach, which are some of the more popular beaches in the area. Beach tags are available in daily, 3 day, weekly and season options, and are available at the City Hall Tax Office and at all beach entrances. Beach tags are available at no charge for all active duty military, veterans, and children under the age of 11. Beach equipment rentals are also available, which makes for the ultimate day on the beach for you and your family.
- Birding and wildlife watching. Cape May has been a destination point for birds and other various wildlife species for over two hundred years. John Audobon was a famed observer of nature who appreciated Cape May and its tremendous variety of habitats for migrating birds. Cape May offers plenty of options for observing the birds, including kayak tours, wetlands safari, and the Cape May Bird Observatory.
- Brewery tours and tastings. Cape May welcomed the local Cape May Brewery in 2011, located at the Cape May County Airport. They handcraft beers, and some of their craft beers are even available on tap at various restaurants throughout Cape May. There is a second brewery located in Cape May, Tuckahoe Brewery, that also offers brewery tours and tastings
- Historic artifacts. Cape May features several historic artifacts, which are great options for the whole family and are open for visits, at no charge. There is a World War II artillery bunker that is located on the beach at Cape May State Park. In World War II, a rotating detail of naval crews spent hours scanning the horizon for enemy ships. The bunker is a somber and humbling experience, and is popular with residents and visitors alike. Another popular historic artifact is the S.S. Atlantus, which is Cape May’s own sunken ship. Originally meant to be used as a landing point for the new ferry in the 1920s, today, the ship serves as a popular destination for tourists.
- The museums. Cape May is rich in history, and its abundance of museums definitely reflects this fact. Be sure not to miss the Cape May Firemen’s Museum, the Colonial House, the Museum of Cape May County, and the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum.
- The lighthouse. The Cape May Lighthouse is a popular tourist destination, and is easily distinguished along the New Jersey shore.
- The Promenade. Cape May’s famed Promenade runs parallel to Beach Avenue and extends for nearly two miles, allowing for the perfect walk along Cape May’s beautiful beaches. Although most people refer to the Promenade as “the Boardwalk,” the Promenade actually has a paved surface. Be sure to check out the arcades here, as well as the many options for shopping and dining.
- Cape May wineries. Cape May boasts many wineries that offer winery tours and tastings, including Cape May Winery, Hawk Haven Winery, Jessie Creek Winery, and Willow Creek Winery. The wineries here produce a wide variety of grapes, which means that you’re sure to find a wine here that you enjoy.
- Whale and dolphin watching. Cape May offers several options for whale and dolphin watching, an activity that is enjoyed by the entire family. Be sure not to miss Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch Speedboat, which is the area’s only up close and personal dolphin watch.
- The golf courses. South Jersey is a haven for golf lovers, home to several championship and award winning golf courses. If you don’t have time to play a full 18 holes, check out the driving range and practice greens available at the Cape May Par 3 and Driving Range.
Reasons to Live in Cape May
Of course, all of these reasons to visit Cape May make perfect reasons to live here, as well. If you enjoy a laid back lifestyle in a beautiful waterfront town, Cape May could be just the place for you. If you’d like more information on Cape May Point real estate or the exclusive properties in Cape May, feel free to give our team a call. We are Wilsey Realty, and we are dedicated to providing each of our clients with the ultimate in customer service. We know this area better than anyone else, and would love the opportunity to earn your business. Take a look through our website, browse through our current listings, and then call or connect with us to get started today!