The 18-room Emlen Physick House is the only authentically restored Victorian house museum in the National Landmark City of Cape May. Tours of both the house and the City's Historic District are offered year-round. For information, call (609) 884-5404.
The City of Cape May is a National Historic Landmark. With over 600 wooden Victorian structures (circa 1850-1910), it boasts the greatest concentration of such buildings in the country. Cape May is also said to be the nation's oldest seashore resort. The Greater Cape May Historical Society, located at the Colonial House Museum behind City Hall, is open June through October with changing exhibits of local historical interest. The address is 653 1/2 Washington Street.
The United States Coast Guard Base
The United States Coast Guard Base was a naval base in World War II. Today, it is the only Coast Guard "boot camp" in the country, as well as an active search and rescue center. The Summer Sunset Parades on the base stir the patriot in all of us. Visit in at Pennsylvania and Buffalo Avenues, Cape May.
Military Sites of Interest
The World War II bunker on the beach in Cape May Point State Park reminds us that, as in previous wars, the entrance to the Delaware Bay was a strategic military position in the 1940s.
World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) is part of the massive Fort Miles defense system of the Delaware Bay during World War II. The newly restored Tower is open and equipment and interpretive panels illustrate its important role in homeland defense. Open year-round, it is located at Sunset Boulevard, Lower Township. For information, call (609) 884-5404.
Breweries & Wineries
Cape May has many breweries and wineries in the area.
The Cape May Point Lighthouse was built in 1859 and is said to be the second oldest continually operating lighthouse in the United States. Climb to the top for a breathtaking panoramic view of the Jersey Cape or visit the museum shop in the Lighthouse's Oil House! Open year-round, it can be found at County Route 629 & Lehigh Avenue, Cape May Point State Park. For information, call (609) 884-5404.
The SS Atlantus
The concrete ship SS Atlantus broke loose from her moorings during a 1926 storm and sank where you see her remains today, just off of Sunset Beach. You can also find Cape May Diamonds on the beach.
Cold Spring Village
Historic Cold Spring Village captures Cape May in the 1840s. This shaded, 22-acre, recreated farm community boasts nearly 25 structures from the 18th and 19th Centuries, moved here from their original sites throughout the county. Discover it at 720 Route 9, three miles north of Cape May City.
Built during WWII, the Cape May County Airport (formerly a US Naval Air Station) is operated by the county as a general aviation airport. Located 6 miles from Cape May in Lower Township, the airport is active year-round, offering food, fuel, tie downs, and events such as fly-ins and warbird & vintage airplane shows. A World War II hangar serves as the site for our Aviation Museum, which contains more than over 15 airplanes and helicopters, exhibits, displays, etc., beginning with WWII through the present day. The museum is open 7 days a week from 9-5 pm, and it may be reached at (609) 886-8787.