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Things to Do in Cape May {Jersey Shore Getaway}

by Ashley D'Onofrio
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If you’re from New Jersey, you know that we often decipher locations based on their “exits” off the Garden State Parkway. Well, Exit 0 is home to Cape May, New Jersey and is a town worth checking out this summer for a Jersey Shore getaway. Fun fact: Cape May is actually recognized as the nation’s oldest seaside resort town. The homes that line the street look like something out of a history book — with horse and carriage tours happening daily. With delicious food, cute shopping, and lots of fudge shops you won’t be disappointed in this family-friendly beach town. Here are your must-do activities when visiting Cape May, New Jersey for a weekend getaway:

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How to Get There

If you want to take the three-hour drive from NYC, you can find yourself easily driving down the parkway all the way to Exit 0 {potentially hitting some GSP South traffic along the way} It is the last exit on the parkway so it’d be very hard to miss. For those without a car, there is a bus that takes you directly to the Cape May Bus Terminal.

Places to Stay

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Congress Hall {200 Congress Place}

Located right across from the beach, this four-star hotel is a beautiful place to stay with tons of family fun and amenities. Whether you want a pool, live music at night, or a yummy breakfast at Blue Pig Tavern, Congress Hall has you covered. In 2016, Congress Hall celebrated two hundred years and is known as America’s First Seaside Resort.

Sandpiper {11 Beach Avenue}

If you need a bit more space, then you should consider the sister hotel to Congress Hall:  Sandpiper. These rooms all offer a living room and kitchen which is ideal for those traveling with children who require more space. This hotel is also across from the beach with its own heated swimming pool. This is an easy solution for those looking for a more residential vibe, but still want the hotel amenities.

Bed & Breakfast Inns

The beauty and charm of Cape May is in how old the town is. There are a lot of cottages and old-fashioned homes open now as Bed & Breakfast Inns. These are quaint places to stay, as some will take you back in time with their antique furniture, while others have been modernized. There is no shortage of these available right in town like The Queen Victoria, The Mason Cottage, and the Wilbraham Mansion.

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Places to Eat + Drink

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Uncle Bill’s {261 Beach Avenue}

If you need even MORE pancakes in your life, Uncle Bill’s Pancake House does not disappoint. With everything from corn pancakes to peach pancakes, they are sure to have you covered. The portions are generous and it is guaranteed to please the whole family {or crew}.

Mad Batter {19 Jackson Street}

You can’t visit Cape May without a stop for breakfast at the famous Mad Batter. Having been open since 1882, it is a delish, family-friendly place to enjoy pancakes, eggs, and more. HG insider tip: The oatmeal pancakes are a must-try.

Lobster House {906 Schellengers Landing Road}

Although Lobster House is a driving destination and not a quick walk, it is worth checking out. From the fresh fish at the market to the boats docked on the water, there is a ton to see before dining here. The Lobster House has beyond generous portions, awesome for sharing. Perhaps not fine dining, but a definite must-visit nonetheless.

Tisha’s {322 Washington Street}

If you are looking for something a bit more upscale, Tisha’s is considered fine dining and has a delectable menu — with both indoor and outdoor seating. If you manage to still have room after dinner, definitely try the flourless chocolate cake.

Brown Room {200 Congress Place}

The Brown Room at Congress Hall = potentially mistaken for your living room. With a warm fireplace and cozy seating, this is a unique place to stop by for a cocktail and listen to live music on weekends. This is a place for adults to head to after dinner, as children aren’t permitted in the Brown Room past 9:00PM.

Rusty Nail {205 Beach Avenue}

This beach restaurant and bar is well-known by the locals and has been around since the 1970s. Have a drink, dip your toes in the sand, and listen to live music. It also happens to be dog-friendly!

Things to Do

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See More: Your Guide to the Best Jersey Shore Beaches


Sure, the beach might be a favorite thing about Cape May, but the shopping is seriously on-point. The area is filled with quaint, local shops where you can find one-of-a-kind items. Stores include A Place on Earth {526 Washington Street}, Cash and Clive {302 Washington Street}, Cape May Antique Center {1228 NJ-109}, Cape May Soap Co. {117 Springers Mill Road}, and Whale’s Tale {312 Washington Street}, to name a few.

Cape May Zoo {707 U.S. 9}

If you need a break from the pool or beach, the Cape May Zoo is a place to visit with lots of different animals and attractions. They also host events like Giraffe Day and free concerts. The best part of visiting the Cape May Zoo is that admission and parking are FREE.

Beach Plum Farm {140 Stevens Street}

This 62-acre farm is where restaurants in Cape May like the Blue Pig and the Ebbitt Room get their produce and fresh ingredients. It not only has more than 100 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, but it offers a true farm-to-table experience for lunch. The kitchen is open daily from 8:00AM-3:00PM, while the market is only until 5:00PM.

Cape May Lighthouse {215 Lighthouse Avenue}

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The lighthouse is a great attraction in Cape May if you need a slight break from the sun. Take a visit to see it — and if feeling adventurous, even take the climb all the way to the top. It is located at the southern tip of New Jersey so the views are beautiful and you get a historical feel since this lighthouse was built in 1859.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Cape May? Share with us in the comments!

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