Top things to do

Top Choice Winery in Cape May

Willow Creek Winery

The 'baby' of Cape May's six wineries, this former lima bean and dairy farm christened its first bottles in 2011, and produces a solid combo of reds and whites. The weekend tapas menu and sangria bar is pretty mind-…
State Park in Cape May

Cape May Point State Park

The 190-acre Cape May Point State Park, just off Lighthouse Ave, has 2 miles of trails, plus the famous 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. You can climb the 199 stairs to the top for the view. Short, easy trails (0.5 to 2 mi…
American in Cape May

Mad Batter

Tucked away in a white Victorian B&B, this restaurant is locally beloved for brunch – including fluffy oat pancakes and rich clam chowder. Dinner is fine but pricier, with mains around $30.
Lighthouse in Cape May

Cape May Lighthouse

In the lush wetlands of Cape May Point State Park, this 1859 lighthouse gives a fine view. The 157ft structure underwent a $2-million restoration in the 1990s, and its light is visible 25 miles out to sea. You can c…
Bird Sanctuary in Cape May

Cape May Bird Observatory

Cape May is one of the country's top birding spots, with more than 400 species during the spring and fall migration seasons, when neotropical birds are heading south for the winter or north to breed for the summer. …
Microbrewery in Cape May

Cold Spring Brewery

Sip a red, wheat, porter or pale ale while soaking in the vibe of the 1804 restored Cape May barn. It's nice to know your drinking leads to something – profits from the beer sales fund the adjoining Historic Cold Sp…
Costa Rican in Cape May

Bella Vida Cafe

The Bella Vida offers a Tico-themed healthy but delicious alternative to the Shore diet of pancakes and funnel cakes, and the Costa Rican coffee is superb. There's a lot of veggie and gluten-free items, and smoothie…
Cocktail Bar in Cape May

Hemingway's Restaurant

It's hard to imagine the Old Man and the Sea author shaking his thing to the hits of the ’70s and ’80s, but it's fun to try. We're certain he at least would've enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching. The live DJ se…
Seafood in Cape May

Lobster House

This clubby-feeling classic on the wharf serves local oysters and scallops. No reservations means very long waits – go early or late, or have a drink on the boat-bar, the Schooner American, docked next to the restau…
Ice Cream in Cape May

Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard

Nothing says summer like the traditional orange-and-vanilla swirl cone, a Shore favorite for 100 years.