When the weather takes a turn for the worse and a beach day is out of the question, you’ll still be able to find a fun activity in Cape May County! Every town has something unique to offer and this is the perfect opportunity to explore places you may not have visited otherwise. This week, Cape May will take the rainy day center stage. Follow along to discover what to do when the sky isn’t blue!
Cape May Lighthouse
215 Lighthouse Ave., Cape May Point
www.capemaymac.org; (609) 224-6066
Drive down to the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May Point State Park and look out over the southernmost point of New Jersey. Hike the 199 step spiral staircase for a bird’s eye view of Cape May Point and its beautiful beaches. On your way down, stop by the Visitors’ Orientation Center and Museum Shop to pick up books and souvenirs to remember your climb. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children (ages 3-12); and free to Active Military. If the rain holds off, explore the grounds of the state park where you can picnic, bird watch, fish, and hike.
Cape May Stage
405 Lafayette St, Cape May
www.capemaystage.org; (609) 884-1341
When outdoor activities are out of the question, Cape May Stage is the place to go. Enjoy great plays and musical performances every week, as well as special events throughout the season. Buy tickets ahead of time or visit the box office to pick up last-minute tickets on a rainy day. Now through Friday, June 21, buy tickets for ‘Heisenberg,’ a funny and surprising play about a chance encounter between a reserved, Irish older gentleman and a rowdy, younger woman from New Jersey who slingshots herself into his life. For ticket pricing, visit www.capemaystage.org.
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St., Cape May
www.capemaymac.org; (609) 884-5404, (800) 275-4278
Built in 1879, the Emlen Physick Estate looks back at the Victorian lifestyle in Cape May. Take a 45-minute tour of the estate and end in the carriage house to see the most recent exhibit in the Carroll Gallery. You may also take a self-guided tour to spend the day exploring with no time constraint. Admission for the tours is $15 for adults; $8 for children (age 3-12); and free for Veterans and Active Military.
Historic Cold Spring Village
720 Rt. 9 S., Cape May
www.hcsv.org, (609) 898-2300
Open every weekend starting June 15, Historic Cold Spring Village is a great way to “experience hands-on history” in the Cape May area. Stop by the farm, explore the historic buildings, or dine at The Country Store, Bakery, or Ice Cream Parlor on the museum grounds. Standard admission is $14 for adults; $12 for children (age 3-12); and free for Active Military. There are often weekend events, so check the website for event details throughout the summer.
Even on the gloomiest days, you can still find fun at the Jersey Shore. Next time the sun isn’t shining so bright, check back in with DoTheShore to see what rainy day activities are next on your list!