About Cape May, NJ
America's Oldest Seaside Resort
Cape May, the Queen of the Seaside Resorts, distinguishes herself in many ways. We have the pristine beaches, promenade, and all the amenities that make any seashore town lovely, but we also have a rich history and an architectural diversity equal to none.
In fact, in 1976 the entire city of Cape May was declared a National Historic Landmark. Possessing one of the country’s largest collections of 19th century framed buildings, Cape May is New Jersey’s jewel in the crown.
But it’s not all about the history; we live on an island which three municipalities share – Cape May, Cape May Point and West Cape May. You can leave you car in the driveway or parking lot and walk or ride your bike anywhere and still have easy access to the grocery store, the beaches, or any of the restaurants.
We’re a small town and proud of it, and we hope you come away thinking this is “your” town.
Things to do in Cape May, NJ
Lots to See and Do in Cape May
There is so much to do and see in Cape May that even on a rainy day, you won’t be bored. And Cape May isn’t just a summertime destination. Year-round, you can find entertainment, art shows, go boating, visit the Cape May County Zoo, and enjoy our beautiful natural environment by the sea.
What is there to do in Cape May when it’s raining?
Rainy days are often more crowded in Cape May due to an influx of people from nearby shore communities that have less to do when the sun is hidden. Hit the shops along the Washington Street Mall or duck into a restaurant to wait out the rain. If lightning is spotted, lifeguards will close the beaches.
Activities in the off-season
Cape May is a year-round community, and there is plenty going on throughout the year to make your trip memorable, even during the winter. During the holiday season, you’ll be treated to a display of decorations and lights on the historic bed and breakfast inns and along the Washington Street Mall. Visit us after October 31st and parking is free.
Shopping in Cape May, NJ
Time to Shop
Featured Cape May Shops
Cape May is home to an outdoor walking mall spanning three blocks, with brick pathways, decorative fountains, and wooden benches surrounding garden planters. Shopping in Cape May is basically concentrated on the mall, the Washington Commons, Carpenter’s Square Mall (located behind the Washington Street Mall on Carpenter’s Lane), the beachfront, and West Cape May, primarily where West Perry Street meets Park Boulevard.
Carpenter’s Square Mall and City Centre Mall (located in the 400 block of Washington Street) are enclosed malls comprised of somewhere between 10 and 20 small boutique-type shops. Cape May’s historic Congress Hall also offers guests, as well as visitors, a selection of boutique shops as well. Visitors will also find unique shops at the top end of Jackson Street and on Washington Street near City Hall and the post office.
All of the shops in Cape May are independently owned and operated, so they open and close at their discretion.
During the summer months (mid-June to Labor Day), most stores are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. After Labor Day to late October, most of the shops are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with longer hours on Friday and Saturday. Some stores, particularly those on the Washington Street Mall, remain open at night; however, after Oct. 20th most close at 5 or 6 pm, and many then only open on weekends.
Our advice? If you have a favorite store, give them a call.
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