The Cape May County area in New Jersey is known for its mile-long beaches, quaint beach houses and cottages, exciting nightlife and favorite summer activities. The peak seasons range from Spring to early Fall, becoming a “ghost town” throughout the late-Fall and Winter seasons.
Although it certainly isn’t the season for soaking up rays on the beach, there are still plenty of other exciting attractions that make Cape May County and Sea Isle City worth a visit even during the Winter Solstice.
Here are some of the top activities and attractions in Cape May County that visitors can still enjoy in the winter.
1. Birdwatching – One little known fact about the Avalon, Stone Harbor, and Cape May County areas is that they are some of the best bird watching areas in the country. The Winter season is the perfect time to visit the Avalon Stone Harbor Sanctuary. In fact, many visitors will make an annual pilgrimage to the Sanctuary for this very reason.
Regardless of the cold weather, many visitors love wandering the intertwining paths and trails that meander through the magical winter wonderland forests. With the naked trees, guests know to keep watchful eye out for their fellow feathered winter visitors.
2. Breweries and Wineries – Cape May County is known for its various breweries and wineries. Two favorites, the Cape May Winery and the Cape May Brewery are great places to visit to enjoy some beverage tasting and also take an educational yet leisurely tour of the facilities. The Cape May Winery and Cape May Brewery are open every day for tours.
Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up a bottle or two, or a six-pack to bring home as a souvenir!
3. Culture and Arts – One of the most famous contemporary theatres in the area is the Cape May Stage. There are plays, musicals, showcases and other special events on the calendar all year round. Cape May Stage also features “Dinner and a Show”, which allows customers to enjoy dinner at one of Cape May’s fabulous restaurants and receive tickets to an evening show at Cape May Stage.
There are also a number of galleries in the area that feature classic and modern ocean art from local artists. Ocean Galleries and Beacon Art are two galleries that art buffs must see while visiting Avalon Stone Harbor and Sea Isle City.
4. Family Activities – If you are looking to get out of the house and take the kids somewhere fun, Cape May County offers a number of family activities. For example, the Cape May Fireman’s Museum is a must-see. The museum is open year-round and is free to the public. It is also one of the most historic landmarks in Cape May County! Stop by, meet the friendly staff, and pick up T-shirts for the whole family.
A True Avalon Winter Wonderland
Although the Winter season is currently upon us in Cape May County, there is still plenty to see, do, and enjoy. The occasional mild day isn’t unheard of in Cape May, New Jersey. So, enjoying a little “downtown” window shopping on 96th street in Stone Harbor or a somewhat chilly yet quiet and peaceful walk on the beach isn’t unheard of, and can be an enjoyable experience.