Cape May Lighthouse
Travel Guide | Cape May, New Jersey
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to pack my overnight bag and head down to Cape May for a well planned “me day” adventure.
And, in case you don’t know what a “me day” is … it’s a day that’s all about you! So, if you want to kick back and watch TV all day, so be it … just do all of the fun things that you want and like to do!
Now, I’ve been to Cape May before, but with my family, never alone. So, this trip was definitely one to appreciate, because I got to do all of things I wanted to do without the long sighs and eye rolls from my husband and kids.
So, the plan was to explore as many places as I could, before the rain. The forecast called for rain around 8 PM and I wanted to be back on the road and halfway to my next destination.
To come up with my itinerary, I googled “best places to visit in Cape May” and “fun places to visit in Cape May”. TripAdvisor was the first to come up with a lot of cool places for me to visit and the best part were the rankings and in depth reviews. In depth reviews make the decision process ten times easier, if you ask me!
Surprisingly, the Jersey Shore Alpacas came up first, but I figured why see one animal, when you can check out the Cape May Zoo and see all types of animals and reptiles, too! So, the Cape May Zoo went down first on my list of “things to do”. I can check out the alpacas another day.
Next, I remember hearing about dolphin and whale watching tours … I figured, how cool would that be to venture out on a boat and see some dolphins? I googled “best dolphin watching tour in Cape May” and I got Thundercats Dolphin Watch. With a five star rating and pics and videos to support their high rating, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. The dolphin watch tour was second on my list.
Next, I wanted to learn a little history about Cape May, so I picked the Cape May Lighthouse.
And, since I’m a wine lover, I knew I couldn’t leave the area without visiting one of the local wineries … so, I decided to check out the Cape May Winery & Vineyard.
My last stop would be a nice restaurant, but I was going to wait and see where the locals suggest I dine to get the ultimate Cape May experience and the recommendation I got was The Lobster House.
My itinerary and links to visit:
Cape May County Zoo – 10 AM – 12 PM
Thundercat Dolphin Watch – 1 PM – 2:30 PM (12:30 PM check in time)
Cape May Lighthouse – 3 PM – 4 PM
Cape May Winery & Vineyard – 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
The Lobster House – 5:30 – 7 PM
Cape May County Zoo | 707 N Route 9 | Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
The Cape May County Zoo opens at 10 AM on Saturday, so I was up and on the road at 8:30 AM. I wanted to get there early and beat the crowd. The morning’s weather was perfect! Sunny with clear skies! I arrived at the zoo a few minutes after 10 and was ready to make my rounds. A couple of things that I love about the Cape May Zoo is that you pay what you like to visit and the grounds are quite enjoyable to walk around. I’m a huge fan of the big cats and giraffes!
Thundercat Dolphin Watch | 1001 Ocean Drive | Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260
Granted TripAdvisor listed Thundercat Dolphin Watch as one one of the “best” dolphin watch tours in Cape May, I still had to check out their Facebook page. And, I was still impressed by the reviews and the pictures! I visited their website and found that they offer daily promotions. For Saturday, I was able to save $5 on the $32 ticket cost. I love saving money! I opted for the 1 PM tour time, because it wasn’t too early and it wasn’t too late … perfect time to be out on the water. Tour end time was 2:30 PM.
Check in was a breeze! You don’t have to bring anything, you just have to give your name. After that, you just walk over to the boat and line up, until the team is ready to board. When boarding, it’s really no need to be picky about the seats, because the team makes sure you see the dolphins on all sides. But, if you want to get a good picture or video of the “best dolphin show”, you have to sit on the back row. You’ll see what I mean when you watch my video!
My thoughts …
I truly enjoyed the Thundercat Dolphin Watch Tour and I would highly recommend checking them out, if you’re looking for something fun to do out on the water! The tour takes you out to the ocean and up along the Wildwood beaches (Wildwood Crest, Wildwood, and North Wildwood). Snacks are sold around the halfway mark of the tour at a fairly reasonable price.
Cape May Lighthouse | 215 Light House Avenue | Cape May Point, NJ 08212
Next on my itinerary was the Cape May Lighthouse. And, I have to be honest about this tour … I enjoyed it, but I have to admit that halfway through the tour, I was asking myself, “what the heck were you thinking?” By this point of my “me day” it was about 90 degrees outside. I’m inside this lighthouse that is quite narrow with one open window halfway through … the second window was closed … and the 3rd was a port window! I can laugh now, but as I went higher and higher it got hotter and hotter and the sweat was pouring off my face … I was HOT! I’m not a quitter and I wanted to see the view from the top, so I kept pressing on … and when I got to the top, the view was amazing and so was the breeze!
Cape May Winery & Vineyard | 711 Town Bank Road | Cape May, NJ 08204
Now, I’ve been to quite a few wineries in South Jersey for wine tastings and other events, but Cape Winery & Vineyard was a fun and welcoming place for this solo traveller.
Once you walk inside, you’re greeted and told about the various events taking place at the winery. They offer two different tastings for $10 and the one I chose allowed me to sample six wines. I love wines that are either sweet or fruity or a combination of the two. I enjoyed their Isaac Smith Apple wine, Lighthouse White, and the Lighthouse Red.
When I finished my tasting, I headed out back to check out the live entertainment and grab a small bite to eat. They had tapas on their menu, so I ordered one of their lobster sliders. Buzzers are handed out when you place an order, so you’re able to move around and check out the grounds of the winery.
While I waited for my order, I went back inside to get a glass of their Lighthouse Red. I came back out and found a table and waited for my buzzer to go off to pick up my order. It was about eight minutes or so, before the buzzer went off for my food. I picked up my order and returned to the same table. The lobster slider looked so delicious, that I couldn’t wait to take a bite … and it was very delicious! No complaints froand that’s when a couple sitting at the table next to me invited me to join them at their table for some cheese and crackers.
How cool is that?
They asked if I was waiting for someone to join me and I shared with them that I was out on a “me day” adventure. They thought it was the coolest thing that I was out on my own and had explored so much of Cape May in a short period of time. We talked about other things, as the entertainer played his guitar and sang … careers, retirement, and my next destination! I shared with them that I was in search of a seafood restaurant to check out for dinner. And, they both recommended that I check out The Lobster House in Cape May.
The Lobster House | 906 Schellengers Landing Rd | Cape May, NJ 08204
The Lobster House was about five minutes or so from the winery. The parking lot was packed, but I was able to find a spot. I went inside and gave my name to be added to the waiting list. For a party of 1, my wait time was estimated to be around thirty minutes, which wasn’t bad, because I had nothing but time. The wait time was pretty spot on when I was seated at a table with a view of the marina.
Dining should always be an experience, so I ordered their shrimp cocktail and their Lobster House specialty, which consisted of lobster tails, scallops, and shrimp over garlic butter linguine. Bread and butter is also served. The wait for my meal was an acceptable amount of time, because when it came out I was ready to dig in!
The cocktail shrimp were jumbo and chilled. The entree was very pleasing to the eye and quite delicious! The seafood was well seasoned and very tasty. I can honestly say I wasn’t too crazy about the pasta, because the sauce was a bit on the runny side, making it a little messy to eat. Other than that, it was good … and I can definitely see myself eating it again in the future.