The annual Cape May County Coast Guard Community Festival takes place the first weekend in May. On Saturday, May 2, 2020, Training Center Cape May opens its gates to the community and more than 5,000 visitors are expected to visit the base. Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles ranging from greeting guests to selling merchandise to working in the kids’ area. Come join your friends and neighbors and support our community by volunteering at this year’s Coast Guard Community Festival. Please complete the Volunteer Application form and mark the area where you would like to work and the shift you prefer. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request.
Coast Guard Training Center Cape May 1 Munro Ave Cape May, NJ 08204
Cape May Restaurant Week offers fixed-price dining. For $35, you get to choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert from a special menu. Portions and ingredients will be on par with what the restaurant usually serves. Beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included (except where noted).Cost: $35 per person at participating restaurants.
Cape May City Perry Street and Carpenter Lane Cape May, NJ 08204
Keep your eyes peeled bottle-nose dolphins as the sun sinks into the water on a 2-hour boat tour around Cape May. The evening excursion is a great option for a family-friendly nighttime activity, romantic date, or simply to relax at the end of a long work day. In between wildlife sightings, enjoy exceptional views of the Cape May Lighthouse, along with Sunset, Wildwood, and Higbee Beaches. Observe dolphins in their natural environment Take a tour that the whole family can enjoy See Cape May from an ideal vantage point Purchase snacks and drinks on board the boat.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Service animals allowed
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers
“Really enjoyed the cruise. Would definitely do it again while in Cape May. Got to see a beautiful sunset while sipping a glass of wine.”
“When I first booked the trip I didn’t expect to see any dolphins but we saw so many!! I was beyond impressed with how amazing the crew was. They were so friendly and educational. The whole experience was so beautiful and I can’t wait to be back!”
Whether you are just visiting Cape May for the day or vacationing in town there is always something to do. Check out these fun things to do while in town.
Trolley rides – Cape May’s Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities offers a range of trolley rides exploring the historic town of Cape May in addition to neighboring West Cape May and Cape May Point. From the Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour to the popular Children’s Trolley to the Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley, the red and green trolley is a fun way to see Cape May from different perspectives.
Climb the lighthouse – The Cape May Lighthouse is one of 18 lighthouses in New Jersey. It is worth the 199-step climb to the top. During the summer, night climbs are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Stick around to take a peak at the nearby free nature and visitors center as well as the beach bunker.
Kayaking is a fun way to see Cape May from the water and are available from Cape May Nature Center on Delaware Avenue and the Utsch’s Marina. Guided kayak tours are available or explore on your own.
Get on board one of Cape May’s whale and dolphin tours to get close to the marine life that enjoys the waters off of Cape May.
Salt Marsh Safari offers skimmer boat tours that leave from the South Jersey Marina. Trip Advisor ranks this as the number one thing to do in Cape May with good reason. Participants get a close up look at the inhabitants of the surrounding salt marshes. Kids in particular will have a great deal of fun with this hands on excursion.
Sunset Beach is located in Cape May Point and is a poplar spot to hunt for Cape May diamonds. While swimming isn’t allowed on this rocky beach it is a must-see spot. Stay for a while to dig for Cape May diamonds, play a round of mini golf or just enjoy the view of the sunken concrete ship the SS Atlantus before it disappears forever. A short walk up Sunset Boulevard is the World War II Lookout Tower.
The Washington Street Mall is a hub of quaint shops and eateries. Sit for a bit and enjoy a free sample of fudge or an ice cream cone. On summer evenings the mall is buzzing with visitors.
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Features a flat 5K trail course through the scenic vineyard with chip-timed instant results. Runner Giveaways include a Glass of Sangria or Wine, Souvenir Wineglass, and an awesome Tech Shirt with a Tank option for Women. Everyone who registers will receive a shirt. Shirt orders placed on June 17, 2020, please register early to guarantee your choice. Extras available so All registrants will receive shirt. Live musician, Food Vendors, and games at the after-party. Free Downloadable Photos. Medals and wine for top overall and medals for top male and female age groups winners. (3 Deep). Custom Finisher Medals available for purchase $6 online, $8 on race day.
Race day packet pick-up from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. (Pre- race day PPU options TBD)
Race starts at 6pm Walkers welcome (Must be Registered)Cost: $42 for 5K; $25 for 1 Mile Kids’ Run
The Fisherman’s Wharf of Cape May, Schellenger’s Landing he gives tourists a taste of the town’s seafaring past. Schellenger’s Landing has several marinas: South Jersey Marina, Utsch’s Marina, and Miss Chris Marina. This area is one of the best places to visit in Cape May for a classic seafood restaurant experience. Popular waterfront restaurants draw crowds of diners who are willing to wait.
A great spot for setting off on recreational fishing and boating adventures, the marinas at Schellenger’s Landing have many shops that sell fishing gear and rent out kayaks and paddleboards. At Utsch’s Marina and Miss Chris Marina, anglers can embark on sportfishing charters and deep-sea fishing trips. Another attraction at Utsch’s Marina is the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center. Many tourists enjoy the whale-watching trips, dolphin-watching trips, sunset cruises, and Delaware Bay lighthouse cruises, which depart from Miss Chris Marina. Birding by Boat and Wetlands Wildlife Safari tours also leave from Miss Chris Marina.
ELooking for the perfect place to enjoy breakfast in Cape May? Mornings at Cape May begin at the Mad Batter, which develops a line outside of its doors even before it opens at 8 a.m. There’s a reason too — Mad Batter doesn’t take reservations in the morning and it’s one of the most beloved breakfast spots in the area. During the summer, the lobster and crab omelette is legendary. Those looking for a boozy challenge will want to tackle Manmosa, a mixture of orange vodka, champagne, orange juice and Allagash White Wheat Beer all served in a 23 ounce Pilsner glass. The Mad Batter is at 19 Jackson St. Learn more at madbatter.com.
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Whether you want to learn history or hear ghost stories, the Cape May Trolley is here for you. Guides will amuse you with anecdotes as they spotlight various houses in Cape May. This isn’t a hop on, hop off tour though, you’ll be exploring the town while sitting in the trolley the entire time. It’s one of the best ways to get your bearings in the town and to learn more about its history. Tours offered include one on Cape May oddities, the underground railroad and Victorian houses. Those looking for a date night may want to check out the Moonlight Trolley Ride too, which includes tales of Victorian love. Learn more at capemaymac.org/trolley-tours.
Twice a year, in the Spring and Fall seasons, Cape May comes alive with music when the Exit Zero Jazz Festival stages its world-class music festival. Music can be heard everywhere in town – on the streets in the form of New Orleans style second line parades, in the clubs and restaurants bursting at the seams with music and energy and on the concert stages where international touring artists throw down at what has become known as one of the most respected and creative jazz festivals in the country. Doesn’t matter whether you are a jazz aficionado or a newcomer to the music, you can’t help but be swept up by the energy of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.
Sergio Mendes: The 60th Anniversary of Bossa Nova, the Madeleine Peyroux Trio, Eddie Palmieri Jazz Sextet, Joey DeFrancesco’s Philadelphia Reunion Band, Bill Frisell, Joey Alexander Trio headline the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, April 17-19, 2020, in the beautiful beach resort town of Cape May, NJ.
The Exit Zero Jazz Festival is a multi-venue festival with headline concerts in Schmidtchen Theater, featured concerts in Cape May Convention Hall, and a weekend club schedule.
There’s trouble at the North Pole. Rudolph has gone all Hollywood, out doing television interviews, mall openings, and radio spots: basically out little drummer boying interest for the Christmas season, “trying to keep it real.” He’s barely been around for any of the Christmas preparations at the North Pole, and now he’s starting to talk about not leading the team this year. And did he get…REINDEERPLASTY??? How will Santa make it around the world without Rudolph’s signature glow? Mrs. Claus, Elf on a Shelf, and the rest of the reindeer are running out of time to get “Rudie’s” holiday spirit back. Will they be able to help him get back his glow? Find out if Mrs. Claus and the rest can save Christmas before time runs out this holiday season. Dinner, which is not included in the ticket price, will be served starting at 4:00. The show will begin promptly at 5:30.
This event repeats on various days: Jan 1, Jan 3, Jan 4