Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse

Take a Climb to the top of The Cape May Lighthouse, don’t forget Family Fun Day during each Wednesday, July 17, 24 & 31 and Aug. 14: 9am to 2pm

The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, becomes a beacon for family fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique craft vendors at the base of the lighthouse. Free admission to the activities, separate admission to climb the lighthouse. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278

The Cape May Light House an American Classic in New Jersey

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Cape May Light House in Cape May State Point ParkEvery year we make the trip to Cape May Point Park and visit the Cape May Lighthouse to officially start our summer season. It’s an easy climb to the top after climbing the 199 steps. As you reach the top of this majestic structure you will have a breath taking view of the Atlantic Ocean, St Mary’s by the Sea retreat, and view the most southern tip of New Jersey looking out onto the entrance of the Delaware Bay as it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

As you near the last few steps, you can run your hand against the old wooden door and feel the uneven wooden steps that have worn and served as a steady platform for over 100 years as the many light keepers made their way to service the Cape May Lighthouse. You can also see the original red painted cast iron door that has withstood the fierce cold Atlantic storms.

As you approach the top you will walk past the original installed port hole windows that have held strong against the many fierce Nor’easter storms over this last century. It’s hard not to think of the lonely light keeper standing vigilant at the Light as the storms glazed the etched glass from the hard blowing sand and ocean salt spray.

If you choose not to climb the light, the Cape May Park offers very good hiking trails and you also have easy access to the beach and rest rooms. Please keep in mind that Cape May Lighthouse is part of the Cape May Pointe State Park. This is a major migratory stop over for many species of shore birds and the Monarch Butterfly.

On most summer days you can see schools of dolphins playing near to the shore from the Cape May Lighthouse, and you can finish your day with shell collecting on the nearby beach. As you depart the Cape May Stare Park don’t forget to visit the quiet small town of Cape May Point which is a relief from the very busy Cape May during the height of the Summer Season

As you continue down Sunset Drive to the Sunset Point you will be able to visit the famous sunken concrete ship SS Atlantus and hunt for Cape May Diamonds on the beach. Every evening Sunset Point Gift Shop holds a flag ceremony honoring our Veternes at sunset, as they play God Bless America. The Flags that fly overhead all once draped a veterans casket in honor.
As we end our day at the beach, as the hot summer sun sinks into the Delaware Bay while listening to old scratchy record playing over the loud speaker, we embrace the simplicity of lives at the Jersey shore and say thank you to all of those before us that have helped to preserve our rights to enjoy these special times with our family.



Kids Climb Free Cape May Lighthouse

Planning a Day Trip to Cape May NJ with the Kids

Come to Cool Cape May for a Day Trip or Weekend this summer

children-watching-baskets-300x227It’s the heat of the summer in New Jersey this week with temperatures reaching into the high 90’s during the day. Why not plan a day trip with the kids to the Jersey Shore and come to Cool Cape May for a quick day trip or weekend. Cape May County offers many free day trip venues for families like the Cape May Zoo, or the Cape May Nature Center which is sure to please the kids and help your wallet.

  • Climb the Light House Kids Climb Free – First on our list is to visit the Cape May Point Park, you can visit the lighthouse and use this coupon from the Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts for kids to climb free with a paid adult.
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching – Go See a Dolphin or Whale in its natural habitat. Take a day trip aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher. The fares are below $30 and you can save 10% on line by booking here. They sail (3) times a day 10AM, 1PM and 6:30PM with a sunset dinner cruise. The Cape May Whale Watcher offers free parking; public restrooms and they have a Dancing Dolphin Gift shop.
  • Cape May County Zoo – Spend the day at the Zoo in Cape May County, it’s free and you can donate what you can afford, they have ample picnic benches, snack stands and lots of kids friendly exhibits including the Snow Cub lions. The Cape May County Zoo is open year round . The hours of operation are from 10:00 am until 3:45pm in the winter and 10:00am until 4:45pm in the summer.
  •  Cape May Nature Center – Visit the Cape May Nature Center across that Harbor in Cape May NJ. You can explore the Harbor, climb the observation deck or check out the Nature learning nook. They have a well stock gift shop with lots of nature themed gifts and books.
  • Sunset Point Cape May – On the way back from the lighthouse visit the Sunset Point area and view the partially sunken concrete ship SS Atlantus. It’s free to park take pictures and you can walk the beach and hunt for Cape May Diamonds washing ashore from the Delaware Bay. The Sunset Beach Gift Shop also has a full stocked store, concession area or you can play a round of miniature golf while enjoying the breeze from the Delaware Bay. The also have a Flag Ceremony every evening during the summer respecting our Veterans’ at dusk.
  • Naval Air Station Wildwood NAS –  It’s just a 10 Min ride from the center of Cape May, you can visit an historic World War II Air Field which also has a fully restored hanger with vintage World War II airplanes and interactive displays for children. You can also score a half price admission coupon for children here. Kids can also sit in a number of the aircraft cockpits which is lots of fun and makes for a great photo opportunity.
  • Historic Cold Spring Village – Only 3 miles from Cape May, The Village brings to life the day-to-day activities of villagers living in South Jersey during the “age of homespun.” (1789-1840). Visitors can make a personal connection between the past and present through the interactive, educational, and hands-on family activities
  • Jet Boat Adventures in Cape May NJ – If you looking for an exhilarating high speed ride on the water, take a ride on the new Jet Boat “Get Some” located in Utsches Marina from East Coast Parasailing. This high speed boat ride is a 45 minute blast, with adult prices at $39.99 and Children at $29.99. You can save 10% and order your tickets ahead with Cape May Resort Simple Tix on Line.

Save Money with Kid Friendly Events in Cape May NJ

Please use these money saving discount Coupons in Cape May during your next day trip with your family this summer. You can print out the money saving coupons or just show them on your smart phone to receive the discount.


Top Free Things to Do In Cape May NJ

Looking for Free Things to Do in Cape May County This Summer?

You can find many things to do for Free in Cape May County, including visiting the Cape May County Zoo.The Cape May County Zoo is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas). Summer Hours: … Join the FUN, where the admission is always FREE!  Check out the Cape May Lighthouse or take a visit to Sunset Point.


Here’s our brief list of Free and Fun things to do in Cape May this Summer.


  1. Visit the Cape May Point Park, walk the beach and snap some pictures of the Cape May Lighthouse. You Kids can climb the lighthouse for free with this coupon.
  2. Hunt for Cape May Diamonds at Sunset Point, don’t forget to go by the Word War II Tower on the way home and get some great Photos along with the Sunken Ship SS Atlantus.
  3. Enjoy a walk in Cape May and take an Architectural trip back in time
  4. Stroll the Cape May Promenade and enjoy the beaches
  5. Watch the July 3rd Fireworks in North Cape May and The July 4th Fireworks in front of Congress Hall
  6. Visit the Nature Center in Cape May
  7. Visit the Cape May Ferry Terminal, they have a fantastic outdoor promenade and you can catch the views of the boats as the enter the Cape May Canal
  8. Take a walk in one of several Cape May Vineyard’s including the Cape May Winery or Hawk Haven Vineyard in Rio Grande NJ
  9. Go to the Cape May Zoo, it’s free and you can pay what ever you wish as a donation to the Zoo.
  10. Visit the Naval Air Station Wildwood, it’s not free but children receive half off regular admission with adults with the coupon below.



Here’s a few more ideas of Top Things to Do for Free in Cape May County below

The top 10 free – or nearly free – things so do at the Jersey Cape

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A national economy in a slump and soaring gas prices don’t have to put an end to the family vacation. Not too far away – less than a tank-full of gasoline – is the Jersey Cape, where recreational, educational and economical opportunities abound. Whether it’s the free beaches in The Wildwoods, an exploration of the county’s bayside or a visit to the Cape May County Park Zoo, visitors to the Jersey Cape don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a whole lot of fun. What’s more, children have the opportunity to find their own diamonds – of the Cape May variety.“Cape May County is truly the best vacation spot for any family – whether they’re on a budget or not – because we’re easily accessible from so many places on the East Coast, we have high-quality accommodations and businesses, the number of special events and attractions we have is enormous and of course, because we are the seashore,” said Diane Wieland, director of tourism for Cape May County.While it’s true that most visitors to the Jersey Cape pick the area for its natural beauty, situated on New Jersey’s peninsula at the south, there’s much more to Cape May County than lazy days on the beach. Some vacationers prefer to spend their entire visit on the beach by day and in the area’s fine restaurants and nightclubs by night. There are many, however, who come away from a vacation on the Jersey Cape with more than they bargained for. From Cape May Point to Ocean City, the Jersey Cape is filled with free, or nearly free, activities and attractions to satisfy any interest and any budget..
Filled with hundreds of animals from all over the world, the zoo is surrounded by a park, which has picnic areas, a playground, trails and biking paths. For a nominal fee, the littlest ones can even ride on a train or a carousel as part of the Zoo’s newest attractions. Visitors can spend an entire day at the county’s zoo, which is free and open everyday from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. and Wednesday night until 7:45 p.m.


Cape May is THE location for observing birds in North America, favored by such celebrated naturalists as John Audubon, Tory Peterson and others. More than 400 different species have been seen on the peninsula during the fall migration and the area is known for spectacular flights of peregrines, merlins, ospreys, and sharp-shinned hawks. Cape May Point is one the premier places with marked, easy-to-follow trails to help even the novice birder spot ducks, swans, osprey, and other shore birds and wildlife along the way.

The Wetlands Institute, at the entrance to Stone Harbor, is an educational – but fun – treasure that entire families can enjoy. The Institute, which admits children free with paying adults, is dedicated to education and preservation of the Jersey Cape’s environment. World-renown researchers make the Wetlands Institute their home in the summer. Families can view exhibits, take ecological tours or participate in a long list of special events offered at the Wetlands Institute.

Free movies under the stars are part of the summer event line-up in Sea Isle City. Bring your favorite blanket or beach chair to JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Avenue at Dusk and enjoy the latest screen favorites. If one free movie per week isn’t enough, take Ocean Drive to the historic landmark City of Cape May where the family can relax with a pail full of popcorn instead of sand and watch movies under the stars at the beach at Stockton Street every Thursday in July and August.

At the southern tip of the Cape is Sunset Beach, where the area’s only stone-bearing beach is located. The stones at Sunset Beach have been polished during their travels that took them hundreds of years until they met their resting place on Sunset Beach. There are all sizes, colors and varieties, but the most famous are the beautiful quartz stones, better known as Cape May Diamonds. Once professionally cleaned and polished, Cape May Diamonds look like genuine diamonds and children and adults alike have enjoyed collecting them for generations.

A free day enjoying the sun, sand, and ocean can be found at the largest beach on the east coast in Wildwood. Whether it’s swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, or fishing, there is plenty of room for everyone. Strathmere also offers free admission to its big beaches and is located between Ocean City and Sea Isle City. It’s a quiet hamlet on a very slender slice of the barrier island offering visitors a glimpse of what life was like at the shore before summer visitors arrived by the thousands.

Surprisingly, the Atlantic Ocean does not hold exclusive claim to beaches in South Jersey.  Beautiful, less traveled beaches also abound on the bay side of the peninsula, cooled by the waters of the Delaware Bay.  Unlike the ocean beaches, the bay side beaches are primarily unprotected, so swimming should be done so with caution.  These bay side beaches, which stretch from Sunset Beach into Lower Township, are perhaps the most breathtaking because they are used primarily for fishing and walking, rather than swimming and sunbathing.  Untouched by beach-cleaning vehicles and much less traveled by visitors, these beaches are less restrictive and provide great spots for wind surfing, jet skiing or skipping along in a colorful Hobie Cat.

While there is a charge for rides on boardwalk amusement piers and water parks, the Cape’s boardwalks in Ocean City and The Wildwoods offer amusements at costs lower than comparable facilities. Strolling the “boards” in Ocean City and the Wildwoods to absorb the sights and sounds of the seashore at its best is free, and on family nights, the entertainment is free too! Free entertainment in the Wildwoods happens every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cedar Avenue. Every Thursday through Labor Day, visitors can enjoy free entertainment, including live bands, magicians, karaoke, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Ocean City. The Wildwoods summer Fireworks extravaganza is a real crowd pleaser and takes place every Friday night at 10:30 a.m. at Pine Avenue and the Boardwalk.

The Jersey Cape invites the littlest to the biggest ones in the family to rock around the clock from Monday through Saturday all summer long in free concerts and dance parties hosted by Sea Isle City and Avalon.

Sea Isle City hosts two free family fun events billed as “Summer Concerts Under the Stars” on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Promenade and JFK Boulevard. On Thursday nights all summer long, everyone in the family can shake their groove thing at the Family Night Dance Parties from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Promenade and JFK Boulevard.

On Friday and Saturday in the summer, the Borough of Avalon shows visitors why it is cooler by a mile as the town invites visitors to get sand in their dance shoes and enjoy a free concert at 30th Street on the Beach from Noon to 3 p.m.

Whether it is on the Beach or Boardwalk or in a special venue like the Ocean City Music Pier or the Wildwoods Convention Center, everyone in the family can find fun to be extremely affordable or free simply by checking the special events calendar at

Nearly every seashore town at the Jersey Cape has a historical society or historical museum that vacationers may visit to learn a little more about the local history. The Cape May County Historical Museum, along Route 9 in Cape May Court House, has no admission fee and has a large collection of documents and artifacts that trace the county’s history to before the Revolutionary War.

Historic Cold Spring Village in Lower Township, just north of Cape May, offers visitors a glimpse of a 19th-century village with working trades and craftspeople. There is a small admission fee to the village, but it’s well worth the cost to have children sit in a class at a one-room schoolhouse; watch a blacksmith create shoes for one of the village’s horses or pet the farm animals on the village grounds.

The historic town of Greenwich, located in Cumberland County, looks much the same as it did 300 years ago when sailing ships crowded the Cohansey River and the British flag fluttered in the breeze. A group of defiant patriots even staged their own protest in Greenwich burning a consignment of the King¹s tea destined for Philadelphia.  There is a monument to the Greenwich tea party, a testament to the bravery of those early colonists, in the old marketplace on Ye Greate Street, a street unchanged from 1684 when it was first laid out.

Well-known for its bed and breakfast inns and large quantity of historic architecture, the City of Cape May is one of the few municipalities that, as a whole, is considered a national historic landmark. Visitors are free to roam the streets of Cape May on their own to gaze at the exquisite buildings, but the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, housed in the Physick Estate near the entrance to the city, has a variety of walking and trolley tours for a nominal price.

Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon no longer play Beach Blanket Bingo but the motels with the pink and aqua color schemes, colorful neon signs and swaying plastic palm trees are still here, with memories of a ’57 Chevy, saddle shoes and golden age of endless summers in the Wildwoods. More than 200 Doo Wop style-buildings are clustered in the Wildwoods, a resort town famous for its boardwalk and beaches. Motels with names like the Starlux recall the Space Age and architectural features that seem to defy gravity are winning national recognition for the 1950s, a time like no other in America’s history.

Enjoy a trip to the city of Bridgeton, around since the American Revolution, full of Victorian architecture. Settled in 1686, experience the largest Historic District in the state of New Jersey. The National Register Historic District includes over 2,000 historic structures comprising nearly one third of the City’s housing stock.

The Jersey Cape is still one of the best values for family vacationing as you don’t need a lot of money to have a whole lot of fun.

 Cape May is a Proud Member of Cape May County Chamber of Commerce


With a membership of over 900 members, the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce represents the largest number of businesses and organizations in the County.The mission of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce is to be the voice of the business community by promoting tourism and economic development through legislative advocacy, marketing services, networking opportunities and education programs for member businesses. A strong Board of Directors, nine action committees, and a year round, professional staff work together to accomplish this mission.

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