What to do When the Skies Aren’t Blue: Shop ‘Til You Drop

When a beach day is out of the question, consider shopping at the shore to pass the gray day away. With Christmas in July approaching, why not get some early gift shopping done? Lucky for you, we know all of the best places to shop ‘til you drop in Cape May County so you can get some goodies for everyone on your list, and even yourself!

Washington Street Mall, Cape May – Located in the heart of historic Cape May, the Washington Street Mall provides a unique shopping experience. Full of diverse shops, you’ll find artwork, books, jewelry, clothing, home goods, gifts and souvenirs, sweet treats and more, all within three beautiful blocks. Most of the mall is comprised of small, independent shops, many of which are multi-generational and family-owned. The mall also has over 10 restaurants so you can shop, dine and relax!

Downtown Stone Harbor – Along 96th Street in Stone Harbor lies a quaint shopping district full of charm. This wide array of businesses includes shopping categories like artwork, clothing, home goods and souvenirs, but also specialty stores like an olive oil shop and a cheese shop. On 96th Street, you’ll find many one-of-a-kind eats to pair with your shopping trip.

Avalon Shopping District – While Stone Harbor has always been known for its famous 96th Street shopping district, its neighboring town on the Seven Mile Island now has its own unique shopping district along Dune Drive. Here, you’ll find boutique clothing shops and home good stores.

The Wildwoods Boardwalk – The Wildwoods’ famous Boardwalk features 38 blocks packed with stores for your shopping pleasure. Here, you’ll find beachwear, sportswear, clothing, accessories, memorabilia, collectibles, souvenirs, jewelry, antiques, home décor, sweets and more. This classic seaside atmosphere always ensures a fun shopping experience among the sights and sounds of the Wildwoods. The Boardwalk also features amusement piers, water parks and eateries so you can turn your shopping trip into a day with the family!

Downtown Ocean City – Located between the beach and bay on Asbury, the downtown Ocean City shopping district is a spot not to be missed. As you stroll along Asbury Avenue, from 6th to 14th streets you’ll find many locally-owned businesses ready to welcome both visiting and local patrons. Find beach needs, apparel and accessories, surfing supplies, gifts for the home and more. While there are a variety of novelty shops, Asbury Avenue also features art galleries, imported furniture and fine fashion. Artisan ice creams and bakeries, exquisite dining and intimate cafés are located among the shops to please your palate.

Ocean City Boardwalk – The Ocean City Boardwalk offers something for every generation in your family. Visit the Boardwalk’s seaside boutiques and discover new looks for the entire family. Pick up some accessories to match your new style, whether it’s a piece of fine jewelry or a distinctive shell necklace. For the adventurers in your family, the Boardwalk’s many surf shops provide you with all of your beach and water sport needs. Don’t forget to grab a memento from your family vacation so you can bring a piece of Ocean City home with you. When your shopping is complete, grab a bite to eat at one of many restaurants and snack bars, then go have a blast at a mini golf course, an arcade or the amusement park.

The Promenade, Sea Isle City – While many shore towns have boardwalks, Sea Isle City has the Promenade, approximately 1.5 miles of paved sea wall that runs from 29th Street to 57th Street. There are multiple stretches of the Promenade that contain small, locally-owned stores for your shopping needs, as well as eateries and arcades for dining and entertainment. Within the streets of Sea Isle, you’ll find many other fashion boutiques, gift stores, surf shops and more.

Specialty Shops in the Villas – Cape May County’s islands aren’t the only places you can fill up your shopping bags! Offshore in the Villas, you’ll find many hidden treasures and gems including thrift store items, antiques, country furnishings and accessories, and more!

Shopping isn’t just limited to these areas. There are plenty of places in Cape May County where you can let the shopaholic in you shine – check out our Shopping Guide!