My Favorite Things to Do in Cape May, New Jersey


Cape May is a quaint, Atlantic beach town in the southernmost part of New Jersey. It is also the nation's oldest seashore resort. I really enjoy how easy it is to walk around in this small town. There are plenty of timeless Victorian houses on almost every block and the beach is just a few steps away. I drove to Cape May some time ago with my New Yorker friends Ria, Daphne and Arlyn. We went there towards the end of summer when the tourists were scarce, the beach was a little quieter and all you could hear are the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks, the seagulls scavenging for food crumbs, and the distant voices of the few remaining beachgoers.


"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."
 - Steven Wright

Wine tasting in Cape May Winery & Vineyard



Cape May Winery & Vineyard

The winery is located at 711 Town Bank Road. They offer wine tasting featuring six wines of your choice and a souvenir glass for $8 from noon to 5 PM daily and on Saturdays until 6 PM. No reservations required for a party of 7 or less. The winery also offers tours for $20 per person every Saturday and includes: a tour of the facility and the vineyard, wine tasting, souvenir glass, etc. 


Who doesn't love ice cream?!
Washington St Mall

The Washington Street Mall is comprised of small, independent shops where you can find local souvenirs, dining and snacks, art galleries, books & magazines, candy stores, clothing, jewelry, gift shops, ice cream and more! We had a delicious dinner at The Pilot House. We asked the locals for a good bar/club and it seemed like the consensus was: The Ugly Mug. The Ugly Mug is a fairly decent bar for a small beach town like Cape May. This is probably the only place where you'll find everyone else at night.

Cape May, NJ

Cape May Lighthouse

You have to include the Cape May Lighthouse in your itinerary. It is located at 215 Lighthouse Avenue. If you want to climb to the top, the admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children (ages 3-12). Parking is free.

The Grand Indoor Swimming Pool at the Grand Hotel of Cape May









Grand Hotel of Cape May

For our stay, we checked in at the Grand Hotel of Cape May. It is a 4-star oceanfront hotel located at 1045 Beach Avenue with an Olympic size indoor and outdoor heated pool. When you enter the hotel, you can almost feel being transported back in time. I find the classic and elegant touch quite charming at the very least. 


Winning tickets!





Family Fun Arcade

I genuinely feel that there is no age limit when it comes to playing arcade games. Who doesn't love skeeball?! The games are really fun and exciting and winning is twice the fun! The Family Fun Arcade is located at 732 Beach Drive. 


1-2-3 Jump!




 Cape May Beach

I absofuckinglutely love the feel of the sun, sea and sand! As a matter of fact, I could spend days vacationing on a beach house rental or perhaps camping in the beach like some of my friends did. Oh and by the way, it is a lot more easier jumping high and landing ever so softly in the sand. 


Take me somewhere I can breathe
I've got so much to see
This is where I want to be 
- All Saints


Ria playing miniature golf

Stockton Mini Golf

The Stockton Mini Golf is located in the Stockton Inns at the corner of Howard Street and Beach Avenue. It is right across from the ocean and the Family Fun Arcade. So convenient! 

Parasailing in Cape May


East Coast Parasail & Jet Ski

I honestly think I am addicted to parasailing. This was my second time parasailing and it was glorious! East Coast Parasail is the only parasail company located in Cape May. Pricing is $70 per person plus they offer photo/video package for an additional $30. Location: 1121 Route 109 (Utsch's Marina). 

Tip: Make sure you grab one of those pamphlets from the Cape May Welcome Center and look for East Coast Parasail coupons and discounts. If you go there towards the end of summer (after Labor Day), you may be able to haggle the price if you are parasailing with a group of friends.  

Also check out some of the restaurants we dined at:

  • The Pilot House
  • The Ugly Mug
  • Aleathea's Restaurant
  • The Rusty Nail
  • Harborview Bar & Restaurant
  • Westy's Irish Pub - Wildwood, NJ
  • Little Italy - Wildwood, NJ


As always, safe travels.





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