When you think of going to Cape May, I bet one of the first things you think of is summertime at the BEACH! But I’ll let you in on a local “secret”. I’ve always felt the best time to visit Cape May is in September and October. Why? The weather is still gorgeous, there are less crowds, and (believe it or not) there is much more nature to be seen in Cape May County than our beaches.
A great place to get out and explore nature in Cape May is at the Cape May Point State Park. Best known for it’s 157 foot Cape May Lighthouse, the Cape May Point State Park is also busting with all kinds of wildlife and nature trails. Right now we are in the middle of Monarch butterfly migration season. The air is filled with those magnificent orange and black wings. Plus, if you want to learn anything about birds, Cape May is the place to go. Believe it or not, but in the Birding community Cape May is one of the most popular sites in North America to watch the fall migration.
Here are some tips for getting outdoors and exploring Cape May Point State Park:
- It’s on Lighthouse Avenue in Cape May Point (take Exit 0 off the GS Parkway)
- Entrance to the park is FREE and open to the public from dawn to dusk
- The museum is FREE and open from 8am-4pm daily
- There is a fee to climb the 199 step Cape May Lighthouse ($7/ adults, $3/ children 3-12, FREE children under 3)
- There are 3 nature trails – Red (.5 miles), Yellow (1.5 miles), and Blue (2.0 miles) The Red Trail is both stroller and wheelchair accessible
- Surf fishing, guided nature walks, and guided bird walks are available
- Picnic areas are available (Groups of 20 or more must reserve and there is a fee)
- Take a walk on the beach and you can check out the WWII bunker (Now partly under water, it used to sit 900 feet inland!)
- The park has a beach wheelchair available for public use
- Children’s programs are available throughout the year (call for schedule)
For more info on the Cape May Point State Park, click HERE for a virtual tour or call (609) 884-2159.
This blog post was written by Melissa O. while she was a blogger for Jersey Family Fun.