Don’t put your RV into winter storage mode just yet. Whether you own a motorhome, travel trailer, 5th wheel, park model or popup camper, Fall is a great time to camp in your RV. With its’ warm sunny days, brightly colored foliage and cool, crisp evenings, one of my favorite things is simply sitting around the campfire with a hot apple cider.
Without a doubt, Fall camping is enjoyable, but nowhere is it better than Cape May on the New Jersey Shore. The summer crowds are gone, and there really is something for everyone in and around historic Cape May.
Located on the southern tip of the Cape May Peninsula, Cape May is America’s oldest seaside resort. Always popular with vacationers from Philadelphia, according to Wikipedia, by the 1800s it was considered one of the nation’s finest resorts. Much of the old city is designated a National Historic Site, and most of the remaining original structures have been restored. Special events like Annual Victorian Week and Cape May’s History Detectives Tour highlight the city’s colorful and storied past.
Fishing around Cape May is especially good in the fall. Striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, and flounder can be caught from shore or in the bay, and charter-fishing boats also find tautog (also called blackfish), sea bass, and even pollock and cod on occasion. A license is not required for recreational saltwater fishing, but angles must register with. A license is required for crabbing or clamming, and you can Visit the NJ Fish, Game and Wildlife website for details. Their address appears in the web links section below
Because of its location on major migratory bird routes, the Cape May area is noted for its world class bird watching or “birding.” Fall is an especially good time for bird-watching and the Cape May Bird Observatory has programs, walks, and even a birding “forecast” for the 400 or so species of birds that can be seen there.
Whale and dolphin watching boat trips are popular, especially with kids. Cape May whale watching boats offer a “guarantee” if marine mammals are not sighted on your trip, and kids age 6 and under ride for free (one child for each paid adult).
Hunting for Cape May “diamonds” is also another popular activity for kids. These gems, which are actually quartz crystals, originate hundreds of miles upstream in the swift Delaware River currents, and over thousands of years are tumbled and polished until they wash up on beaches near Cape May. Some are actually cut like real diamonds and made into jewelry, but most are simply kept as souvenirs.
History buffs can explore the World War II Harbor Defense System of the Delaware Bay and climb the restored lookout tower, Fire Control Tower No. 23.
There are walks and tours of almost every kind, including nature walks, private home tours, inn tours, winery tours, even ghost tours. There’s the Annual Halloween Parade, Pumpkin Festival, Oktoberfest, Antique Auto Show, Murder Mystery Weekends, a visit to Historic Cold Spring Village, or the Cape May County Zoo, or perhaps a ride across the Delaware Bay on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
Cape May has loads of Fall activities to keep everyone in your family entertained, and plenty of memories to take home with you. Many of the campgrounds in the Cape May area are open through well into Fall, including Beachcomber, Frontier, King Nummy Trail, Big Timber Lake, Sea Grove, and Seashore campgrounds. Incidentally, when you purchase your new or used RV from Media Camping Center you’ll receive over 100 nights of free camping at some of the finest Campgrounds and RV Resorts like the ones just mentioned, and discounts at more than 170 RV Resorts around the country.For information on this exclusive offer, feel free to call us at (800) 880-0335, or better yet, stop in for all the details.
Here are a few Website you can check out for additional information on Cape May:
The Cape May times Events Calendar
The Cape May Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar
Cape May Whale Watcher
Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center
Cape May County Department of Tourism
Victorian Cape May-Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
Historic Cold Springs Village
Cape May Bird Observatory
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
WWII Lookout Tower
NJ Dept of Fish, Wildlife and Game
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