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About Me & My Family

We are a busy family with 3 kids and we don't sit still. When we aren't running off to scouts, dance, sports, etc., we really enjoy spending time as a family. If we have a day we will try to find someplace local to explore. If we have a weekend we go a little further. Give us a week and we can really pack it in. We are always on the lookout for family friendly destinations (especially hotels which seem so hard to find!). Our vacations are not spent floating in the pool...they are spent exploring the area to its fullest!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, energetic, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Washington DC
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Washington DC
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Yellowstone
Favorite Vacation Memory
My daughter is such a pip and thinks the hotel is the destination. If we do sightseeing along the way she just keeps asking "when are we going to get to the hotel?" She loves checking out our new "home away from home" and she LOVES the fact that she gets to share a room with someone!!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
the car sick kid
Websites I Like:
www.lifeinthebatcave.com www.sixsuitcasetravel.com

A Week in Cape May, NJ With the Kids

Sure vacations are fun but planning them can sometimes be a challenge.  Take a look at this sample itinerary to help keep your entire family entertained throughout your week's stay.  


223 Congress Place
Cape May, New Jersey

Comment:
Great location overlooking Washington Street Mall. Basic motel rooms start at $50 going to efficiency suites up to $225.



Howard & Stockton Streets
Cape May, New Jersey

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Steps from the beach. Basic motel rooms start at $50, efficiency suites and apartments available at a high rate of $265.


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Lighthouse and Yale Avenues
Cape May Point, New Jersey

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DAY ONE: Start your week off in Cape May by exploring the park.

reviewed on: July 06 2012

"Beautiful Area"
This park features some great landmarks like the Lighthouse and the World War II Bunker on the beach.  There is a small visitor center and museum to visit with live animals and exhibits (and restrooms!).  Be sure to take your binoculars and head to the observation deck where you will view a vast variety of birds.  In the short time we were there we must have seen a dozen different bird varieties.  

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Located in Cape May Point State Park
215 Lighthouse Ave Cape May Point, New Jersey

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DAY ONE: Climb the lighthouse and take in the surrounding views.

reviewed on: July 03 2012

"Great views "
One of the best things about climbing lighthouses are the views from the top and this one is no different. My kids enjoyed peeking out the windows on the way to the top. Next to the lighthouse is the oil house which has been converted into a gift shop. Conveniently located in Cape May State Park so you can take in some other sites while here.

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Beach
Cape May, New Jersey

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DAY TWO: No vacation at the shore is complete without a day at the beach. Soak up the rays and relax.


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720 Rt. 9
Cape May, New Jersey

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DAY THREE: Learn the history and way of life of people in South Jersey at this living history museum.

reviewed on: July 06 2012

"A great, educational day"
We were pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful day we had here at the village.  We've been to other interpretive villages with our kids before but felt this one surpassed many of the others.  We visited on a weekday, it was not busy, and each of the workers spent a lot of time talking to us about the history of the building we were in, what times were like, and demonstrating their craft.  We learned about printing, woodworking, basket weaving, pottery, tinwork, bookbinding, broom making and more.  Everyone was very friendly and truely seemed to enjoy what they do.

Outside of the building that used to once be a jail, kids can learn to play some old fashioned games.  The lady here was sure to engage all the kids and teach them how to play.  There was also a craft station here (they asked for a minimal donation).  

The kids favorite part however, was the horse and carriage ride.  This is a short ride around the village pulled by the resident horse, Levi.  Levi only works during the week so you won't have the chance for a carriage ride on the weekends.  

There is a bakery where you can grab lunch or a sweet snack, an ice cream shop, and a restaurant all on site and located in the historic buildings themselves.  There is also a country store where you can purchase some of the crafts that are made by the artisans in the village.  

We found the village to be shady so even on this hot, summer day it was bearable to visit.  

Little ones may lose interest at some of the stops.  Strollers will not be permitted in the buildings themselves.  

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300-500 Washington Street
Cape May, New Jersey

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DAY THREE EVENING: grab some dinner and browse the stores for some souvenirs and other great finds.



600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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DAY FOUR: is all about observing nature and wildlife. Cape May is one of the best birding areas in North America.


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24 Kimbles Road
Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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DAY FOUR: explore the saltwater marshes & maritime forests to observe the habitats of local & migrating birds.


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1218 Wilson Drive
Cape May, New Jersey

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DAY FOUR EVENING end your day with a sunset dinner cruise while trying to catch a glimpse of some dolphins & whales.

reviewed on: June 29 2013

"Fun for everyone"
I recently embarked on the Dolphin Watching cruise around the island of Cape May.  I found the experience to be enjoyable from the moment we boarded the boat until we departed.

We were treated to not only a dolphin sighting but about 100 dolphins came out to entertain us.  The captain slowed the boat among them so that we could really enjoy them.  He also kept turning the boat so that everyone aboard could get a glimpse.  

However, the trip is not only about sighting dolphins.  We were treated to the shoreline views of the lighthouse, beaches and Victorian homes that are so famous in Cape May.  The captain narrated the entire trip so we learned about the sea life and nature around us as well as the history and landscape of the town.  

This cruise was approximately 2 hours long.  Longer whale watching cruises are available as are a variety of other trips such as sunset cruises.

I've always been hesitant to take the kids on a whale watching adventure for fear they'd be disappointed if we didn't have any sightings.  However, upon talking to the captain, I learned that if there is no marine mammal sighting (which is rare, there is almost always a sighting of some sort), they will give you a pass to return another day.  So really, what have you got to lose?

This was a great way to spend the morning and I would most certainly consider returning.  The captain and crew were friendly and knowledgeable and helped add to the experience.  

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary admission for the purpose of this review.  I was not asked to state a particular opinion and the review is based on my experience.  

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536 Sunset Blvd
Cape May, New Jersey

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DAY FIVE: open from 9am-8pm. Take in this important part of history.


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500 Forrestal Rd
Cape May Airport Cape May, New Jersey

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DAY FIVE: Sit in the cockpit, climb the control tower and learn all about aviation through the interactive displays.


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Beach
Cape May, New Jersey

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DAY FIVE EVENING: enjoy a movie on the beach on Thursday evenings during July & August at Beach & Stockton intersection


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4 moore road
Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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DAY SIX: Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day observing the animals and playing on the playground.

reviewed on: May 28 2010

"A great family day"
What I love about this zoo is it is big enough to feel like a zoo but small enough that you don't get exhausted from the trek.  It is very shady and well kept.

Food cannot be brought into the zoo but there are great picnic areas right outside the gates along with playground equipment.  It is a great way to refuel and blow off a little steam.  (There are concession areas if you don't want to brown bag it)

Best part?  It is free.  Where can you find free these days?

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Ocean Street
Washington Street Mall Information Booth Cape May, New Jersey

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DAY SEVEN: prior to heading home be sure to take a trolley tour around town for one last look or to see something you may have missed.

reviewed on: June 29 2013

"A great view & history lesson "
My kids and I embarked on the Holiday Light Tour aboard the Cape May Trolley this past weekend. The light tour is a great way to see the beautiful Victorian town lit up for the holidays.  The restaurants and inns all decorate beautifully.  It was early in the season so not too many private residences were lit up yet but I was assured that by next weekend they will be decked out.  

While driving, a tour guide tells tales of Christmas traditions in the area as well as leads everyone in song.  My kids (age 13, 11, 9) enjoyed both the "light-seeing" as well as singing Christmas carols.  The tour last about 30 minutes so even little ones might enjoy it.  

This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Also available for families are Trolley Tours with Mrs. Claus!

Disclosure: I was provided a complementary tour to faciliate this review.  
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Previous Review:
I've been to Cape May before but I had never taken the trolley tour around town.  The trolley takes you up and down the streets of Cape May while the informative tour guide points out sights of interest and gives you some background and interesting facts.  I always enjoy looking at the Victorian homes and enjoyed the tidbits we learned along the ride.  

You can just do the trolley tour or you can purchase and additional ticket and get off at they Physick Estate for a tour of the house.  (which I did not do this day)

On a hot summer day the trolley is hot.  Don't sit at the very front of the trolley since there is little air flow here.  The middle part of the trolley is open allowing for a bit of a breeze.

Older kids may find this tour interesting but little ones will most likely not be engaged.  However, they do offer a Children's Trolley Tour geared for kids 5-10 years old so this would be a great option for families.  

Overall a great overview of the town.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary trolley tour for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own based on my experience.