Cape May

The Nation's Oldest Seaside Resort

 

A little girsl sitting with Santa Claus in Cape May, NJBeing the nation's oldest seaside resort and a National Historic Landmark City puts Cape May in the unique position of balancing its rich history with the modern amenities that vacationers look for today, and they do it perfectly.  Cape May’s historical attractions like the Emlen Physick Estate, seamlessly blend with the more modern ones like Cape May Convention Hall.  Meanwhile, the historically significant and meticulously kept Bed & Breakfast Inns remarkably compliment today’s modern beachfront hotels and motels. 

Cape May’s sparkling beaches are the highlight of the summer season, but in fall and winter it's the holidays that make this historic town sparkle with sightseeing, shopping, events and tours from October to December. 

 

Cape May, New Jersey's Emlen Physick EstateHISTORY AND TOURS

Cape May makes it easy for visitors to simultaneously learn about its history while enjoying the sites and sounds of the holidays. As the town transforms into a Christmas wonderland, you can take the Lamplighter Christmas Tour and relive memories of Christmas past on self-guided evening tours of four of Cape May’s finest Bed and Breakfast inns or private homes, specially decorated for the holidays.  Get in the spirit with Christmas Candlelight House Tours as you visit multiple beautifully decorated inns, private homes and churches in historic Cape May. Along the way enjoy caroling, strolling musicians, trees and garland while hospitality centers with warm beverages & home-baked goodies keep your spirits up.

 FOOD & WINE

Foodies will tell you that Cape May isn’t just about history or beaches, but about its tantalizing food and beverage where chefs masterfully create dishes with "catch of the day" seafood delicacies and wine makers squeeze amazing wines from local grapes. During the fall and winter months, restaurants will be serving up the best seasonal fare. Get in on the fun of Cape May Wine Trail and Chef's Dine-Arounds for a taste of the local wines and specialty dishes.

EVENTS COME ALIVE

A family touring Cape May, NJ at ChristmasScheduled between October and December is a terrific lineup of special holiday events. Visit for the Holiday Preview Weekend, November 22 - 24, or the Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show, November 29 - 30 and Christmas in Cape May when the town sparkles with tours and entertainment from Thanksgiving to Christmas.   

 

 

 

PARKING

Meters/Kiosks May 1st- Oct. 31st from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. 
Free Parking available at the Cape May Elementary School during the Summer

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