10 Family Friendly Activities At The Jersey Shore

Cape May County Zoo

The Cape May County Zoo is popular with tourists and locals alike. A beautiful environment with lovely gardens and interesting animals makes for an enjoyable and informative experience for visitors of all ages.

The Wetland’s Institute

The Wetland’s Institute promotes coastal ecosystem conservation through fun and educational experiences for visitors. A non-profit organization in Stone Harbor, the Institute is located on over 6,000 acres of coastal wetlands. It is especially popular with families.

Historic Cold Spring Village

The Historic Cold Spring Village is dedicated to fostering an interest in history among visitors. It is located on 30 acres of gardens, cropland, and historic buildings, all with the intention of educating visitors on the lifestyles of regional citizens between 1789-1840.

Duffer’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor

Complete with a restaurant, ice cream parlor with delicious homemade ice cream, gift shop, 18-hole mini-golf course and an arcade, Duffer’s is the perfect place for families. Find it in Wildwood, and be sure to keep an eye out for Duffer’s Express, a train that runs through the restaurant.

Cape May Lewes Ferry

A ride on the Ferry is a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re taking a day trip to Delaware, or on a longer journey, the ferry promises an enjoyable experience from the modern terminals to the beautiful bay views.

Nature Center of Cape May

The Nature Center has something for everyone. Their weekly summer camps are popular among children, and focus on local ecosystem and wildlife education. They have popular family programs throughout Cape May and free activities at the center.

Island Bowl

Located in Wildwood, the recently remodeled Island Bowl offers a fun environment complete with 32 bowling lanes, a pro shop, snack bar, sports bar, and arcade. Stop in and take advantage of their specials, designed to save families money! You’re sure to have a great time.

Cape May Lighthouse

Built in 1859, the Cape May Lighthouse has been popular among visitors for well over a hundred years. The top offers beautiful vistas of the sea and surrounding areas. Not a fan of heights? Besides a visitor’s center and shop, the lighthouse grounds offer winding nature trails and beach access to a historic World War II bunker.

Utsch’s Marina

From boating docks to fun activities, Utsch’s has it all. Whether your family loves whale watching, water sports, sailing or parasailing, Utsch’s is the place to go!

Smitty’s Parking and Bike Rental

What better way to explore the Shore than on a bike? Smitty’s Parking and Bike Rental in Wildwood carries a variety of bikes to fit your family’s needs, from tandems to surreys and Alley-Cats to Singles. They offer free parking for bikers.

by Emily Hess