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Travel Guide: New Jersey Shore
Cape May, The Wildwoods, Avalon and Stone HarborCape May, the Wildwoods, and the surrounding South Jersey coastal islands offer an excellent vacation get-away for all ages. Here’s why:
Cape MayThe quiet town of Cape May, just south of the Wildwoods, is a historic gem. It was home to the first boardwalk in the U.S., and contains one of the largest concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. These historic buildings have been beautifully preserved and maintainedmany of them converted to bed & breakfast's.
Horse drawn tours of the downtown area are available day and night, but walking exploration is sufficient. Cape May also offers many fine dining restaurants, shopping, and art galleries. On a clear day don't miss the sunset at Cape May's Sunset Beach.
Another great activity is the Cape May - Lewes Ferry (Lewis to some!) across the Delaware Bay. The ferry is perfect for walk-on passengersfor a picnic afloat, or on the Deleware side, just for a ride. Lewes on the Deleware side of the bay is a pretty little town with interesting museums, nice shops and good food. Check www.capemaylewesferry.com for schedules.
You may find hotels in Cape May and the Wildwood area expensive in season. However, you can get discounts using
Avalon & Stone Harbor
Just north of the Wildwoods are the towns of Avalon and Stone Harbor. This island location offers a quieter, less commercial, resort atmosphere. A slow drive along the beach block and dunes will provide an entertaining view of the many million-dollar beach houses here.
Springer’s Ice Cream is an absolute must-visit if you’re on this island. Beware that the line for this delicious home-made ice cream can be a block long during the evenings. One tip for enjoying this treat faster: go around the left side and sign up for sit-down service at the back. You’ll get in much more quickly and you’ll get to give your feet a break while you enjoy your ice cream in the cool air conditioning.
This East Coast’s gambling destination is only a one-hour drive north from Wildwood. It’s a great place to visit on a cool or wet day, or when you just need a break from the beach.