Located at the most southern point of New Jersey is Cape May County, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay. In May, 1976, it was designated a natural historical landmark. History of Cape May, New Jersey CapeMay.com Because of its many attractions, Cape May receives thousands of visitors year-round, and many enjoy their visit so much, they make reservations for the following year.
The town of Cape May takes one back in time to the Victorian era with it’s beautiful architecture, well-maintained homes, and flower gardens. Bed-and-Breakfasts, complete with furnishings from the 1800’s, are available, although they are in such demand they must be booked months in advance. Long, wide porches, complete with rocking chairs, make for restful evenings after a day of sight-seeing. The streets are lined with shops offering a variety of wares such as hand-crafted candles, candies, beach items, souvenirs , and books on Cape May’s history and its hauntings. The area also has many motels and hotels for travelers, but again, book in advance. There are also campgrounds in the area to pitch your tent and commune with nature.
From January through December there are concerts, festivals, fairs, theatre productions, and even ghost hunting. Many restored homes are opened for touring during the Christmas season, lavishly decorated with lights, candles, pine boughs, ribbons, and live trees decorated with popcorn, dried cranberries, and hand-made ornaments. Holiday music and scents of spice add to the ambience.
In the summer months, vacationers come to Cape May’s sandy beaches to enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing. At Cape May Point, searching for “Cape May Diamonds” on the pebbly beach is a fun past-time for kids of all ages. These “diamonds” are pieces of quartz that are naturally smoothed and polished by the ocean floor. Some collectors have stones professionally polished until they actually resemble diamonds, which then are made into jewelry.
The remains of an experimental war ship, the USS Atlantis, can also be viewed here; in 1918 the concrete ship was launched and used to transport troops from Europe. In 1926, during a severe storm, its moorings broke and it drifted out to sea. S.S. Atlantus
Cape May Point State Park features a working 155 year old lighthouse and the Cape May Wildlife Sanctuary. Bring sturdy shoes to climb the lighthouse stairs, and binoculars to view birds, reptiles, and other wildlife. Bring a camera to preserve the memories of this enchanting seaside resort.
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