Having a blast at the shore doesn’t have to be expensive. Grab your family and friends and take advantage of these free activities and events in Cape May County!
Avalon, Cape May, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, and Ocean City beaches are free after 5pm and also during the off season.
Wildwood beaches are free year-round.
After 42 years, the Cape May County Park & Zoo continues to bring adventure and excitement to both residents and visitors of Cape May County! The zoo has over 550 critters that represent more than 250 species of exotic and native animals. In addition, the Cape May County Park & Zoo offers winding trails for hikers, bikers, joggers and wildlife watchers, multiple picnic areas, a huge playground and more.
The zoo is open year-round and your visit is always free, but donations are appreciated.
Although Cape May Lighthouse is a major attraction for many visitors to the area, the park’s constantly changing shoreline, dunes, freshwater coastal marsh and ponds, forested islands and varied uplands make it a well-known location for viewing the fall bird migration. Located on the southern tip of New Jersey, Cape May Point State Park is a key site on the NJ Coastal Heritage Trail, with an environmental center that houses a classroom for interpretive programs and a museum on the area’s natural and historic features.
Grab your gear and head for the nearest tackle shop! There are plenty of fishing spots along the ocean, bay, and estuaries that line our shore towns. Rather head out on the water? Check out the marinas for party boats, charters, and even some annual fishing tournaments.
The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was built in 1874 and is the most important historic structure on Five Mile Beach. The Lighthouse is open to the public and continues to function as an active navigational aid maintained by the United States Coast Guard. Visitors to the Lighthouse will learn about the history of the building and the local area. The Lighthouse grounds are a great place to relax and take in the ocean air, and a stroll the gardens will allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of the seashore right up to the seawall at Hereford Inlet.