Posted by: RasmaSandra | September 21, 2018

Charming Cape May

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We have arrived in the northeastern U.S. state of New Jersey which offers some 130 miles of Atlantic coast. We begin our tour of this state in the charming seaside resort of Cape May.

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Cape May is located at the tip of southern New Jersey’s Cape May Peninsula.

Cape May is the place to go if you love beaches. It has some of the most beautiful East

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Coast beaches. Some of the beaches you’ll find are Higbee Beach which offers great views of the dunes,

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Poverty Beach with many food stalls, Steger Beach with volleyball nets and Sunset Beach offering awesome views of the sunset. Fishing is allowed on most of the beaches.

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The Cape May County Park & Zoo is both a park and wildlife center. Over 500 animals from more than 250 species call this their home. They live in environmentally-friendly and natural habitats. There are different exhibits such as a 57-acre African Savannah and a free-flight aviary.

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The zoo also has a Wildlife Carousel with 20 colorful animal-shaped seats and the Rock Climb Snow Leopard Mountain where you can try out your rock climbing skills. You can enjoy a ride through the park on the Hummingbird Express Train. Honey Bee Haven displays the life of the honeybee and the Penny Machines let you choose from pennies to take home as souvenirs.

The surrounding park has several playgrounds, picnic pavilions, a fishing pond and a beautiful gazebo for weddings. The Tree-to-Tree Aerial Obstacle Adventure Park offers exciting adventures for families.

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The Cape May Lighthouse dates back to 1839. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the sea and surrounding landscape.  You can learn about the history of the lighthouse. The Oil House has a Visitors Orientation Center and in the museum shop, you can see fascinating maritime items and other souvenirs.

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Naval Air Station Wildwood or NASW Aviation Museum is located inside the historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. During WW II NASW was an active dive-bomber squadron facility for training. The museum houses several aircraft, engines and has educational interactive displays introducing visitors to the history of WW II. Visitors can climb a real air traffic control tower, sit inside the cockpit of an aircraft, enjoy the flight simulator games and see 26 helicopters and planes on display.

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The Cape May Carriage Company was founded in 1983. You can take a ride in a vintage carriage pulled by horses through the streets of Cape May. Reservations are recommended for the tour.

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The Emlen Physick Estate is a lovely historic house museum from the Victorian era. There are fifteen restored rooms letting you see the lifestyle and culture of Cape May during the 1800s. The walls have several hangings and there is beautiful vintage furniture.

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The Washington Street Mall is an open air mall where you can browse through many different stores. You can relax on the benches and enjoy the fountains in the warm weather. There are several restaurants to choose from and live music on weekends.

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Fire Control Tower No. 23 was built in 1942 and is the only surviving WW II Tower that played an important role in coastal defenses. On the deck beside the base of the tower is

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the All Veteran Memorial, the Memorial Plaques in the tower and the Eternal Flame Monument. You can climb up the spiral staircase to the top. There are many exhibits and information about the history of the tower.

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Cold Springs Presbyterian Church

The Historic Cold Spring Village will give you a look into life in the 18th century. There are hands-on family activities and interaction with local residents. You can take a look around the grounds and learn about the farming heritage and visit 26 restored buildings.

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The Nature Center of Cape May is an award-winning environmental education campus. It was founded in 1992. It is located on the shores of Cape May Harbor. There is a three-level observation tower, exhibit aquaria, indoor observation hall, a gift shop, and a lovely multiple themed display garden. Visitors can enjoy taking a salt marsh boat tour, kayak nature tour, wildlife-friendly gardening programs, summer science day camps and cycling tours.

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South Cape May Meadows was established in 1981 and is a renowned birding spot. The land is the resting habitat for migrating birds along the Atlantic Flyway before they cross the Delaware Bay.

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There are freshwater wetlands, meadows, dunes, ponds and a stretch of protected beach. You can take the one-mile loop trail from the entrance to the beachfront and stop by the observation platform for terrific views.

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Memucan Huges family house features restored common and tea rooms, a tavern room and a Gallery Exhibit Room on the first floor. Huges was a famous patriot from the Revolutionary War. Other rooms include a colonial-era cooking/eating room, a bedroom, and an added research/exhibit room.

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The Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center offers seafaring safaris for people to explore the Atlantic Ocean 

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You can take whale-watching trips on the M/V American Star. You can get to see whales, dolphins, seals and pelagic birds in their natural habitats. The 90-foot boat can seat up to 150 passengers, has four restrooms and a full snack bar.

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Bay Springs Farms Alpacas is a small alpaca breeding farm. The farm is the oldest and largest alpaca breeder in Cape May Country. They specialize in show quality alpacas, Peruvian and Chilean huacayas.

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There are fine alpaca products from alpaca yarn like sweaters, throws, socks,  and other accessories.

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  1. Charming describes it well.

    • Thank you and glad you enjoyed the tour Aletha.

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