Cape May Tours: The Best Way to See the Sights in New Jersey

Cape May carriage tour passes Victorian gingerbread houses

Traveling to a brand-new destination can be exciting. While there’s plenty of fun to be had in self-guided exploration, a tour offers the added benefit of local experience. A knowledgeable guide provides tips and insights that might be easy to miss while exploring on your own. Here, Ocean Club Hotel introduces a few Cape May tours that deliver the perfect introduction to this New Jersey area.

Food and Wine Tours

What better way to experience Cape May culture than with a taste of the local cuisine? Cape May Food Tours offers a variety of themed tours certain to satisfy the most dedicated foodie. The Historic Downtown Food Tour takes you through the picturesque downtown area for stunning architecture and charming stories narrated by a knowledgeable guide. Meanwhile, the Tastes of the World tour focuses on international cuisine and farm-to-table eateries.

Our region is also home to a thriving craft beer and wine scene, with several fantastic sites to explore. We recommend a guided experience through Tastings and Tours. Your guides will select a handful of top local breweries or wineries for a delicious and refreshing afternoon.

Cape May History

Cape May is the oldest American seaside resort, maintaining much of its original Victorian charm. However, the town’s history runs deeper than its architecture, with Quaker roots, segments of the Underground Railroad, and even a World War II pilot training hangar. If you’d like an in-depth introduction to Cape May, we recommend learning from an expert. Luckily, Cape May MAC offers plenty of opportunities, including:

  • Explore Cape May’s historic waterfront for a glimpse at its gorgeous Victorian mansions.
  • Dig into maritime history to find out how weather, whaling, and wartime shaped our region.
  • Learn the inspiring stories of Harriet Tubman, Stephen Smith, and the Underground Railroad.
  • Chance a ghostly encounter with a tour focused on one of America’s most haunted towns.

All of these tours are given aboard a cheery red trolley for extra immersion into Cape May’s rich past. They also deliver an experience that’s easy on the feet, making them perfect for families with kids.

Explore From the Water

If you’ve seen enough by foot, consider a new perspective. Cape May offers a variety of cruises and boat tours to explore the area’s coastlines and waterways. Fishing charters provide a relaxing afternoon of offshore angling for all ages and skill levels, with the opportunity to bring home flounder, kingfish, sea bass, and more. Or, grab some drinks and your adult friends for a Cape May cycle boat tour, a quirky blend between bike tour and tiki bar.

Love nature? Birding tours like The Osprey and Salt Marsh Safari offer a thrilling opportunity to get up close and personal with South Carolina’s many species of seabird and shorebird. Cape May Whale Watch also offers whale and dolphin spotting. Onboard naturalists offer in-depth narration about the local marine wildlife, and learning stations offer hands-on and kid-friendly experiences.

Unique Experiences

Vacations are for making memories to cherish for years to come. Consider setting your Cape May visit apart with something truly unique.

Cape May Carriage Company provides tours of the historic district from the seat of a horse-drawn carriage. If traveling during the Christmas season, there’s also a special Holiday Lights tour to showcase homes beautifully decorated for the holidays. These private tours are a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

NJ Warbirds offers a bird’s eye view of Cape May and the surrounding territory. Climb aboard a restored 1948 Navion trainer or the comfortable Cessna 172 Piper Cub L-4 to explore Cape May from the air like a real WWII fighter pilot.

Experience Cape May Tours With Ocean Club Hotel

While exploring beautiful New Jersey, consider staying at Ocean Club Hotel. Our luxury accommodations provide the perfect getaway to rest and relax between your Cape May tours. We also feature a heated shorefront swimming pool, calming sundecks, and fine dining without the fuss at our SeaSalt Restaurant. Contact us or book your stay to start planning your Cape May vacation today.