Cape May is a city located at the most southern point of the Cape May Peninsula in New Jersey. It is a short two-and-a-half hour drive from New York, and one-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia, which makes it a great choice for a day or weekend trip for those who want to escape the hustle of the city and enjoy a lovely seaside location. It only takes a day to become bewitched by Cape May and its pristine nature and friendly population. Attractions The City There are many historical and interesting sites to visit while in Cape May. The whole city is designated as a National Historic Landmark, so a simple stroll around can leave you breathless. One of the ways to explore the town is by taking a guided tour, or stopping by the Visitors Centre and picking up a map for a self-guided tour. The Victorian homes of Cape May are delightfully interesting, and give the whole place a subdued charm. Cape May Lighthouse This old lighthouse was built in 1859, and it is still operational to this day. You can climb the 218 steps which lead to the top from where you can gaze at the wonderful Jersey shore. It’s a great first stop for visitors, since you can get a great sense of the city from the top. The Atlantus This ship was built during WWI when building materials were scarce. Because of this, it was build out of concrete. Several prototypes were built, and the Atlantus is one of them. Entertainment The Cape May Zoo This lovely zoo is open year-round and, amazingly, the admission is free. It houses more than 200 different species. Have fun exploring the bird habitat, reptile house and the African savannah. The Cape May Bird Observatory For enthusiast birdwatchers, this small observatory offers many different types of birds. You can rent equipment on the spot, and can also book a guided tour. Activities The Beaches There are many different types of beaches in Cape May. Some are non-bathing, some are family oriented, and some offer secluded sandy shores. Whatever type of beach you prefer, you will find it in Cape May. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry For some splashing fun, jump on this ferry and have a wonderful day trip to Lewes. The trip itself is an exciting experience, and it takes you to some of the best tax-free outlets where you can combine the trip with some shopping. Fishing and Whale Watching Hire a boat for a half-day trip and try your hand at some deep sea fishing. While on the boat, you will also have a great opportunity to do some whale watching and get a glimpse of the amazing Jersey shore. The Washington Street Mall This location offers fine dining coupled with awesome upscale shopping possibilities. Most of the shops are family-owned and have been in business for generations. The buildings have an interesting look to them, so a simple stroll through the street is sure to entertain you.