Outdoor Recreation

Mother Nature has the power to please, to comfort, to calm, and to nurture one’s soul.”

Anthony Williams

As the summer weather continues to warm the air, Cape May residents and visitors are encouraged to get outside, take a deep breath of fresh ocean air, and enjoy the open spaces that make this town unique on the Jersey shore.

Before heading out, click here to learn about the CDC’s current guidelines for visiting parks and recreational facilities.

Free Self-Guided Tours

Cape May MAC has donated a digital copy of their bike tour booklet to Cape May Strong for you to download for FREE. Use it to take a self-guided bike ride or a long walk around town and learn about more than 50 historic landmarks along the way.

Click here to download the PDF.

Curious Cape May has created a free self-guided walking tour for your smart phone. Take a walk around downtown to learn about the town’s unique and unusual history. Using a simple mobile app as your guide, you will walk about a mile at your own pace, anytime you choose.

Click here to download the free app.

Beach Activities & Recreation Programs

Now that the weather is getting nicer, hitting the beach is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Please keep in mind the status of certain beach activities:

  • Walking, jogging, and running are permitted on the beach.

  • Fishing is permitted on the beach.

  • Sitting and sunbathing is permitted as of Friday, May 22.

  • Surfing is permitted at Poverty Beach (Wilmington Avenue), The Cove, Surfing Beach (Gurney Street),  and South Queen (Queen Street).

  • Swimming is allowed only at guarded beaches.  There are currently no guarded beaches until Memorial Day 2021.

  • Beach Yoga is back! Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 am, meet behind Convention Hall on Beach Ave. $5 per class (cash only). Class size limited to 50, with social distancing required.
  • Zumba in Rotary Park! Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 8:30 am, in Rotary Park, 400 Lafayette Street. $5 per class (cash only). Class size limited to 25, with social distancing required.

Walking/Running in Cape May

There are plenty of great options for stretching your legs around this historic town. Here are some ideas:

  • Cape May Promenade: Open for walking and running only as of May 2, the promenade offers 1.3 miles of ocean-front views and fresh air. Please use a face covering and practice social distancing while walking on the promenade. No biking or gathering. And no dogs.

  • Cape May State Park: State parks around New Jersey reopened on May 2, and the Cape May State Park has three different trails that weave through the park’s varied habitats. Please use a face covering and practice social distancing while walking on the trails. Click here for more info about the trails.

  • South Cape May Meadows Walking Trails: Enjoy more than 2 miles of walking trails that are part of the Nature Conservancy including more than 200+ protected acres of critical habitat and freshwater wetland. Please use a face covering and practice social distancing while walking on the trails. Click here for more info about the trails.

  • Garrett Family Preserve: Located just two miles from downtown Cape May, this 180 acres of upland forest, farm fields and tidal marsh is part of the watershed and the Nature Conservancy. With its four miles of walking trails, expansive native wildflower meadows, fields and tree lines, the preserve is a haven for migrating songbirds, raptors, and pollinators like bumblebees and monarch butterflies. Click here to learn more about this location.

  • Walk/Run Around Town: With so many unique and historic homes all over town, Cape May offers a scenic view from almost every street. Take a walk down a new street to discover the amazing architecture and beautiful gardens that you may have missed before. Please use a face covering, practice social distancing, and stay on the sidewalks while walking/running around town.

  • Running Routes: Click here to check out a variety of suggested running routes on Cape May Running Company’s website – they range from 4 to 12 miles.

Biking in Cape May

Cape May is a very bike-friendly town with its flat, wide streets. Whether you want to enjoy a leisurely ride around town or take a longer ride up the coast, here are some resources for you:

  • Bike Cape May Map: Click here to download a PDF that shows key landmarks and safe streets to bike along around Cape May.

  • Cold Spring Bike Path: Start at Cold Spring Bike Path at Seashore Road (Erma, NJ) and ride for 9 miles up to Cape May Courthouse.

If you have updated information about any outdoor recreation opportunities in or around Cape May, please send an email to info@capemaystrong.org.