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Cape May, NJ

Those seeking a family vacation destination that guarantees fun and togetherness should head over to Cape May, NJ. Cape May is located on the tip of Cape May Peninsula where the Deleware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. This location guarantees amazing beaches and calm waters—the perfect all-around beach destination for a family vacation. Parents can feel safe with their little ones playing in and out of the warm, quiet waters. The great weather is another reason to plan your family vacation to Cape May: Summer days are warm and perfect for beach combing, but by the time the evening rolls around, the humidity has been shrugged off for sweet, cool breezes. A family vacation to Cape May could easily be spent lounging around the beaches all day, but it would be a mistake to not take your family into Cape May City, which is a wonderful, bustling little town that offers lots of activities for family vacationers! The population of Cape May grows by more than ten times during the summer, but somehow, this charming little town still feels small, intimate, and above all, family-friendly. Come to Cape May and see why so many families make this their family destination of choice.

Cape May Beaches

The beaches are the highlight of Cape May. Many days of your family vacation are likely to be spent relaxing on a Cape May beach, so it is worth your time to choose your beach carefully. There are many beaches, all with different attitudes and personalities. But do not worry! Most Cape May beaches are spectacularly family friendly, complete with picnic spots and public restrooms. Lifeguards are on duty every day during the summer, so concern over the water safety of your family can ease a bit, too. One of the most wonderful things about Cape May beaches versus other east coast beach resort towns is that the concerns that often accompany a family vacation are eased by thoughtful details. So, to which beach should you take your family? One favorite family beach is Sunset Beach, which is one of the busiest beaches in Cape May and offers sunsets that will take your breath away. Perhaps the busiest beach in Cape May is The Cove, where you and your family can watch the surfers, check out tide pools. If you are seeking solitude on your family vacation, then Poverty Beach is the choice for you and your family. Poverty Beach is a local favorite, but is often quieter than the other beaches, but still offers the amenities families enjoy on a beachside family vacation.

Activities for children in Cape May

Sometimes, on a seaside family vacation, the family needs to get off the beach and explore the surroundings a little! Children are welcomed in Cape May, and plenty of in-town activities have been planned with their interests in mind. See giraffes, tigers and have a family picnic at Cape May County Park and Zoo, which has free admission. You will find that many activities in around Cape May are free or affordable for families. Cape May is known as a top birding location, and you and your family can explore this city designation by visiting the Cape May Kids Birding Club on your Cape May family vacation, which organizes outdoor walks for children. This is a wonderful activity for families with young children. On a family vacation, any opportunity to tire the kids out through good old fashioned fun and exercise should be taken! Another place that operates nature walks for children is the Cape May Point State Park, which tours families on family vacations through lighthouses, past live animals and showcases and explores the varied and interesting geography of Cape May Point.

Museums and Nature Centers in Cape May

Another way for you and your family to enjoy the birding opportunities on a Cape May family vacation is to head over to the Nature Center of Cape May. The Nature Center of Cape May is aims to educate families about the environment, and provides hands-on educational experiences for all members of the family. Head on to the observation deck and tower for a rewarding and beautiful view of the surrounding landscape, escape to the upstairs lounge to rest your feet after a busy Cape May family vacation day, or head out to the second floor deck which provides the best birding opportunities in the entire area. The Nature Center is an all-in-one family vacation experience, which will educate, entertain and relax the entire family. Another interesting family activity on a family vacation to Cape May, that will be a change of pace from the usual, is a family trip to the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, which is a retired naval air station that now operates as a World War 2 aircraft museum. To learn more about the history of the Cape May area, then two local museums that showcase this are the Cape May lighthouse and The Colonial House, both of which will reveal to your family the historic side of Cape May. These are especially interesting in a Cape May summer, when the crowds and fun family activities might lead you to think that Cape May is a thoroughly modern family vacation destination. It is this, of course, but it is also a city with a lot of important and distinctive history.

Water Activities in Cape May

On a Cape May family vacation, it is easy to see why the beaches and the water garner so much attention. They are amazing! But along with digging your toes in your sand and catching a tan, there are many water activities to participate in on your Cape May family vacation. Jet ski and Waverunner rental outlets dot the local beaches, and are a fun way to enjoy the warm water! Parasailing is another popular Cape May water activity. A lot of these rental companies can be found at Utsch Marina, at the base of Cape May Bridge. Ask the staff at your family lodging which company they recommend, and then head out to have fun! For families with younger children, or those who enjoy a more placid (but still exciting) form of adventure, then charter a fishing boat or take an eco-tour around Cape May. This is a wonderful way to learn the unique geography of the Cape May area. The Bayshore Discovery Project offers camps, charters and programs on schooners that operate two ways: you can do the work, or you can relax and let the experienced staff do it! Think of your schooner as a sailing classroom. Another fun reason to take a cruise or charter a boat on your Cape May family vacation is to explore the local aquatic wildlife—namely, whales and dolphins. Children and parents alike will squeal with delight when faced with one of these majestic, amazing water creatures.

Dining in Cape May

There are many places to eat out on your family vacation to Cape May. Whether you are looking for a happy hour or a sushi place, the problem with dining out in Cape May is there are too many choices! Some especially family friendly restaurants that you should check out on your Cape May family vacation include the Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, which has pool tables and open air, ocean front dining. And delicious food, too! Come on a night when live reggae music is playing and the whole family will have a great time dancing to the music. For a quick and traditional bite on your Cape May family vacation, try Dellas 5 and 10, which has been in service since 1947 and is an old fashioned five and dime store and soda fountain. Shop for unique souvenirs while chowing down on a delicious cheeseburger… only in Cape May! If parents are seeking a night out, then there are plenty of elegant choices in Cape May too. Your family vacation will be loaded with fun when you choose Cape May, New Jersey!

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Guest Editor: Carola Valdes

Wife and mother of two little ones, traveling is her family’s favorite pastime (as long as it’s family-friendly and fun).

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Hampton, NH
United States

Built in 1740, this family-owned and operated New England Inn delivers quality service to guests from around the world. Guests traveling for business or pleasure, it is our goal to make you feel at home!

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490 Lafayette Rd
Hampton, New Hampshire  03842
United States
603-926-0330
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