Cape May Day Trip

by Dave on July 13, 2008

Today I ventured from Lewes to Cape May with my family for a day of fun, excitement, and adventure.

For $18 you can ride the Cape May Lewes Ferry as a foot passenger from Lewes to Cape May. Ferries leave Lewes every hour or so all morning. My suggestion would be to get there early so you can maximize your day in Cape May.

Below is a detailed account with side notes of the day.

7:15 – Arrived at the Lewes, DE Ferry terminal. The Kalmar Nyckel was in port so I has the chance to take some photos and walk around the grounds. The Lewes Ferry terminal was very clean. The restaurant offered fresh coffee, breakfast sandwiches, french toast, and a large variety of beverages. Kevin Fleming is showcasing photos for his upcoming book Wild Delaware.

8:00 – Departed Lewes, DE. The weather was picture perfect for a sail across the Delaware Bay. Be sure to have your camera ready as there are two lighthouses worthy of several photos. Also be on the lookout for Cape Henlopen State Park, the large expanse of land on the starboard side of the vessel.

9:30 – Arrived in Cape May, NJ

9:45 – Boarded shuttle for Cape May (the shuttle is actually a grey hound bus)

10:00 – Arrived in downtown Cape May at the Welcome Center. If you need to use the restrooms this is your spot as the facilities are very clean. They even have a changing table for parents looking to keep their little guy clean.

10-12 – Walked around downtown Cape May. The Welcome Center is less than five minutes from the primary shopping area called the Promenade. There are several businesses worth noting within the Promenade : the Pilot House Restaurant, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Whiskers, The Toy Shop, and Klothes Kove. You could easily spend all day shopping in Cape May so bring your stamina, visa check card, and a good attitude as the lines can be long.

12 – After strolling the downtown area we decided to break for lunch at McGlades, an ocean front eatery that serves basic American sandwiches and salads I ordered shrimp salad and was impressed with the quantity of the shrimp. All sandwiches are served with potato salad, watermelon and cantaloupe.

1:00 – Back to touring the old Victorian homes located on Jackson Street and Perry Street. If you have not been to Cape May you have not seen Victorian Architecture.

1:45 – Walked back to the Welcome Center and waited for the 2 pm bus back to the Cape May terminal.

2:30 – Depart Cape May for Lewes. Take advantage of the afternoon sail by having a bottled water or an adult beverage on the back deck bar. The bartender on duty, Mark from Cape May, shared his knowledge of the vessel and told a few stories about his 8 years working the Delaware Bay.

4:00 – Arrived in Lewes, DE. All in all it was a quick trip, but one worth its salt.

The only change I would make to the trip next time is to stay the night in one of Cape May’s many B&Bs. It seemed like every time I turned around another B&B was in front of me. I would also like to pay $4 and dip my body into the pristine Atlantic Ocean. New Jersey is one of only a few states that charges swimmers for dipping into their waters.

This trip never gets old as there is always a new season and reason to sail across the Delaware Bay in search of rest, relaxation, and adventure.

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