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Cape May, New Jersey Travel Guide

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Cape May is situated at the southern base of New Jersey, between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, and is the oldest seaside resort in the U.S. It is also known as the bed and breakfast capital of the country, with gorgeous Victorian houses accompanied by wrap around porches all along the shores. Cape May is a national historic landmark, offering mansion-style lodgings, gourmet dining, and an old-world elegance along with its pretty beaches. With only 4,200 residents year round, Cape May hosts over 500,000 visitors a year during the summer months.

Cape May offers two miles of public beaches along with the Promenade, Cape May's boardwalk lined with shops, arcades and restaurants. Boat rides are available offshore, for seal and dolphin watching, and the Cape May Lighthouse and the 19th century gingerbread church are popular landmarks, located at Cape May Point State Park. The Emlen Physick Estate is a Victorian style museum, and is the headquarters of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, which puts on many of the regional arts and heritage festivals. Historic Cold Springs Village is a living history museum re-telling life in an 1850's Jersey farming community. War re-enactments and historical interpreters work the grounds offering a glimpse into the history of blacksmiths, farmers, innkeepers and school teachers from 150 years ago.

Wineries, golf courses, kayaking, fishing and garden strolling are just a sampling of the activities available in the Cape May area. Also notable to the area, the Cape May peninsula is considered the Birding Migration Capital of North America, and birding enthusiasts flock from all over to watch the variety of winged migration over the south Jersey skies.

Cape May is located in the southernmost tip of New Jersey, at the southern end of the Garden State Parkway. NJ Transit serves the area for public transportation and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry runs year round.


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