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Top 10 things to do in spring in Cape May

Top 10 things to do in spring in Cape May

Published on March 17, 2016

Anna Marie and I would never discourage a guest from visiting Cape May because of the season as we think each season is unique and a perfect opportunity to explore our seaside resort!

Though I’ll admit I do enjoy saying good-bye to the snowfall of winter and especially love that the rising temperatures bring with it the beautiful blooms in our gardens and throughout the whole city! Spring is a fantastic time to visit Cape May if you prefer fewer crowds and fun events.

Flowers blooming at The Queen Victoria

First, I’ll start with the can’t-miss events of the spring season and then remind you of a few favorite activities to appreciate when visiting our shores.

  1. Spring Festival: It’s a spring fling Cape May style during the Spring Festival, April 29 – May 8, 2016! Celebrate the fresh season with a variety of events and activities coordinated by the Cape May MAC. From specialty trolley tours to the exclusive private homes tour, I think you’ll be hard pressed to be out of things to do during the Spring Festival. I may recommend the walking tour with Dr. Physick to hear the latest gossip or as a respite after attending the Chocolate Lover’s Feast!
  2. Exit 0 Jazz Fest: The festival’s tagline alone should get you planning your trip to Cape May: Cape May Swings into Spring! The weekend of April 22 is devoted the popular Exit 0 Jazz Fest and its impressive lineup of acts.
  3. Cape May Music Festival: In its 27th year, this relaxed festival brings a wonderful selection of music and concerts to our city. Spanning a few weeks, you’ll be able to find evening concerts, afternoon performances, and even special offerings like the Bach’s Lunch series. On May 29, the Atlantic Brass Band will kick off the festivities with the festival wrapping up on June 16. From ensemble music to the sounds of the symphony, this is one jazzy event you can’t miss!
  4. Roam the beaches: A perk of visiting in spring is that beach tags aren’t required yet! Take a romantic sunrise or sunset stroll along Cape May’s sandy beaches for free or use one of our complimentary beach chairs, take a good book and beverage, and make an afternoon of it!
  5. Whale watching: A truly unforgettable experience awaits when you book a whale watching excursion. These encounters with our larger locals always become a favorite memory of our guests’, after witnessing the beauty of The Queen Victoria of course.
  6. Try birding: Cape May is an excellent spot for birders as they migrate through New Jersey in the spring. Though, if you’re new to birding, I’d recommend visiting in May for the So.Many.Birds event at the Cape May Bird Observatory to learn more about the migration behaviors of a variety of species.
  7. Visit the vineyards: Is there a better way to spend an afternoon other than tasting fine wine in a beautiful setting? I suppose you could be joining us for our afternoon tea at The Queen Victoria, but I do recommend our guests visit the Cape May wineries as a fun treat to seeing our city. I won’t discriminate and will suggest a visit to our breweries as well, maybe just on separate days!
  8. Dine out: Enjoy fewer crowds at your favorite restaurants or dine at a restaurant that was closed in the winter.  If you love the restaurants in Cape May as much as Anna Marie and I do, you may want to save the date for Cape May Restaurant Week, June 5 – 12, 2016, where you’ll find some of our best restaurants offering an affordable prix fixe menu for lunch or dinner!
  9. Riding bikes: There’s a reason we have our fleet of bicycles at The Queen Victoria, because it’s so much fun to explore Cape May by bike! Our easy to ride bikes are the perfect way to navigate Cape May, especially as the crowds begin to show and makes for a carefree mode of transportation. I’d also recommend picking up the bicycle tour map from the MAC, only $5, to learn more about Cape May’s history and landmarks.
  10. Visit the lighthouse: Anna Marie and I love visiting the Cape May lighthouse, more for the walking trails nearby than the hike to the top, but it’s definitely one of Cape May’s most popular attractions. During the spring, it is only open on Saturdays but well worth the visit!

Hopefully these ideas inspire you to book that Cape May getaway you’ve been dreaming of! I’ll even point you in the right direction to dreamy rooms to get you started. 

Blooms at The Queen Victoria