Things to Do in Cape May, NJ

Things to Do in Cape May, NJ

Besides luxurious accommodations and delicious food, Ocean Club Hotel offers another advantage for guests – proximity to many fun things to do in Cape May. From Cape May’s rich history to its renowned cuisine and stunning beaches, there is something for every traveler to appreciate in Cape May, NJ. Round out your stay at Ocean Club Hotel by visiting some of the unique places of interest in the region.

One-of-a-Kind Attractions in Cape May

In 1609, English Sea Captain Henry Hudson first sighted the peninsula in New Jersey now known as Cape May. Since then, the city has become a hub for engaging attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. Consider exploring some of these activities during your stay at Ocean Club Hotel:

Historic Lighthouse District

Designated “The Nation’s Oldest Seaside Resort,” Cape May is close to many impressive lighthouses. One of the most famous, and the one that calls Cape May home, is the Cape May Lighthouse, constructed in 1859. Individuals can climb the 199 steps of the cast-iron spiral stairs to reach the top of the lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, as well as several nature trails in Cape May Point State Park and Cape May Point Borough. While climbing, notice the panels detailing the story of the lighthouse, from its beginning to the present day.

Other lighthouses near the Cape May Historic District include:

  • Brandywine Shoal: Placed on the shoal in 1823, this screw-pile lighthouse is famous for being the first of its kind in the United States. It rests on the north side of Delaware Bay.
  • Fourteen Foot Bank Light: This distinct lighthouse measures 40 feet tall and resides northwest of Cape May. Erected in 1886, it contains a dwelling space at the top initially designed for its two keepers during winter in the late 1800s.
  • Miah Maull Shoal: Constructed in 1913, Miah Maull Shoal was the last offshore lighthouse established in Delaware Bay. Its location is adjacent to Cumberland County on the north side of Delaware Bay.
  • Ship John Shoal: This landmark gets its name from an event that occurred in 1797. A ship called “John” ran ashore and was ultimately lost – stressing the need for a lighthouse.

Emlen Physick Estate

Cape May became a spectacle during the Victorian period, with many large hotels hosting extravagant parties along the beachfront in the late 19th Century. One of the most well-known Victorian properties in the area is the Emlen Physick estate. Constructed in 1879 by American architect Frank Furness, this mansion boasts 18 rooms designed in Victorian Stick Style architecture. Guests can take a guided tour of the home’s first and second floors to get an immersive look at the lifestyle and décor of the period.

Emlen Physick estate is just one of many properties in Cape May steeped in late 19th Century American culture. Other places that showcase the grandeur of Victorian architecture include:

  • Christopher Gallagher House: Originally built in 1882, this estate has been restored to allow guests to explore its unmatched beauty.
  • Henry F. Hunt House: This residential property was renovated in the 1890s, giving visitors a taste of peak Victorian style.
  • Morris House: Highlighting two front porches, scalloping designs, and a colorful adornment, Morris House is the perfect depiction of Victorian architecture.
  • Pink House: Constructed in 1982, this estate includes a two-story porch, round-arched windows, and a bright pink exterior – its key feature. Some claim Pink House has the fanciest porch trim in the city.

Sunset Beach

If you’re like many people, vacationing may mean lounging in a chair by the beach, soaking up the sun, and resting with the tranquil sound of waves nearby. Conversely, you may want to surf, start a volleyball match, create sandcastles, and play other games in the sand. Luckily, Cape May is home to various beaches for all these activities. One of the most unique is Sunset Beach.

This unique site lies in the southernmost part of the city at Cape May Point. Here, visitors will find the famous Cape May Diamonds (quartz pebbles that resemble real diamonds) and the wreckage of the SS Atlantus, a WWI-era concrete ship. During the summer, Sunset Beach hosts nightly events to witness a gorgeous display of its namesake – the sunset.

While Sunset Beach may be one of the most distinct in Cape May, it is certainly not the only place to spend time at the ocean. For instance, Delaware Bay offers the ideal alternative to seaside beaches. These beaches don’t experience as much traffic, making them perfect for low-key activities, including long walks and peaceful tanning sessions.

Don’t want to head far afield? Ocean Club Hotel is situated across from Cape May’s main beach, and offers beachside service for guests to make their trip to the beach more enjoyable. Complimentary chaise lounge chairs, beach towels, beach-access tags, and umbrellas are available to guests during the season, and kids get sand pails and shovels in season (subject to availability).

Cape May Ghost Tours

With so much history, Cape May is bound to contain legends of specters haunting its streets. For those who love being spooked, the city offers several ghost tours, such as Ghost Capers. This attraction offers mystery and history as guides lead participants to each site, detailing speculations of which figures may be lingering in spirit.

Other Cape May ghost tours are available, too, and we encourage guests interested in the paranormal to investigate these opportunities.

Explore the Endless Things to Do in Cape May

Book your stay at Ocean Club Hotel to experience the educational, relaxing, and thrilling attractions found in Cape May. From exquisite dining to frequent promotions, Ocean Club Hotel offers guests many amenities to make their visit to Cape May unforgettable. We even offer several types of accommodations, including:

Contact us today to book your stay or to learn more about the numerous things to do in Cape May, NJ.