Cape May is America’s oldest seaside resort, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Full of beautiful Victorian architecture and B&Bs, Cape May is considered a New Jersey gem. When you visit this charming town, you’ll witness firsthand how it truly embraces its arts, culture and history.
Cape May is a great place to visit for a day, a weekend, or even the whole summer! For generations, countless families have kept summer homes in Cape May to enjoy the beautiful beaches, fantastic restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and family fun activities found around the island.
Visitors to Cape May will find unique shopping experiences, historical tours, and a rich arts and culture scene. Read on to learn more about our favorite attractions in Cape May.
There are so many things to do in Cape May! Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Shop, dine and relax at the Washington Street Mall in the heart of Cape May. Experience unique shopping and over 10 restaurants, all within three blocks. Most of the mall is comprised of small, independent shops, many of which are multi generational, family-owned. Leave you car in the driveway or parking lot and walk or ride your bike.
For over 150 years, the Cape May Lighthouse has guided ships traveling the coast and the Delaware bay. More than 2.5 million visitors have climbed the lighthouse since it opened to the public in 1988. Tickets can be purchased in advance, online, or at the base of the lighthouse prior to climbing. For those who choose not to climb, the Oil House on the grounds contains a fully accessible Visitors’ Orientation Center and Museum Shop carrying souvenirs, books and maritime items.
Parking around town can be challenging, so pedal instead! Explore the back streets of Cape May at your own pace, and discover beautiful Victorian-era B&Bs and homes. Bring your own bikes, or rent from one of the many bike shops around town. Bringing the kids? Riding around in a surrey is a memory they won’t soon forget!
You can find a ton of unique gifts and souvenirs in Cape May! Dozens of independently-owned shops and boutiques are waiting to be explored.
This 3-block walking mall is lined on both sides by shops and restaurants. At the heart of Cape May, the mall is the first stop for many visitors.
Located south of The Washington Street Mall in Cape May, just across from The Boiler room at Congress Hall you will find this hidden gem and its eclectic mix of art, retail stores and good food.
Just across Ocean Street at the end of the mall, you’ll find additional shops and eateries. The large parking lot adjacent to Washington Commons makes for a convenient starting off point.
Running parallel to the beach and promenade, Beach Ave is home to many shops and restaurants, particularly between Perry Street and Howard Street.
Mark your calendar! Cape May hosts great events throughout the year.