Cape May’s rich and storied history, beautiful Victorian mansions (many of which are now bed-and-breakfasts) and adorable town center with shops and restaurants make it a popular destination for families. Kids will love the beaches, mini-golf and arcades, while mom and dad will appreciate the antique shops, terrific restaurants and local farmer’s market.
The beaches in Cape May are wide with white sand and generally gentle waves. Just off Sunset Beach, in Cape May Point, kids will enjoy looking for the remains of the U.S.S. Atlantus, which went down during a storm in the 1920’s and sank just offshore.
The Cape May Zoo, about a five-minute drive from town, is a must-see for families. First of all, it’s free. And for a free zoo, it has an amazing variety of animals, including tigers, bears, zebras and even giraffes. There is a snack stand and a small playground; but if possible, try to eat before or after your visit, and avoid the bathrooms if you can.
Families who have their sea legs should book a whale-watching trip in Cape May. Kids will enjoy watching humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins from the deck of the 80-foot M/V Whale Watcher. The Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center offer trips starting around $25 per adult and $18 per child. They often run specials where kids are free, especially in the off -season.
Cape May is a bike town. Try to stay in a hotel that offers bikes on loan or for rent — it’s the best way to get around.