Five Best Sunsets and Sunrises on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry


The Delaware Bay is known for its amazing sunsets and sunrises. What better way to see and experience these moments than on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry! Riding on the vessels, you are able to experience that magic. We wanted to share a few of our favorite sunsets and sunrises. 

Bright yellows, mellow oranges, and splashes of blue light up the sky for this stunning sunset. Where else could you see something so beautiful?


Check out this beautiful sunset captured by our very own, Officer Clayton! Incredibly peaceful and calm.


A ride on the ferry can be truly breathtaking.


As the saying goes, red sky at night, sailor’s delight, and this is definitely a sky sunset

Last but not least, this incredible sunrise really brings out the Ferry’s beauty.

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Want to see all of these amazing sunsets for yourself? Take a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and capture a beautiful sunset as you sail across the Delaware Bay.

Halloween Activities on Both Sides of the Delaware Bay


As Halloween approaches, candy bowls fill, kids (and adults alike) are in search of the best costume…our world gets spooky. The leaves fall and the sun sets early… just in time for all of the ghosts and monsters to come out. Halloween is a lot of ghostly fun. Weeks in advance of this famous day, there are haunted rides, trips, and much more to do in celebration. If you are traveling on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, activities abound on both sides of the Delaware Bay to sufficiently entertain OR scare yourself. 

If you are into ghosts, you will definitely want to visit Cape May and Lewes. Cape May, a Victorian town, is known to be especially haunted. Lewes Ferry Terminal is one of the largest Unknown Sailers’ Burial Grounds on the East Coast. Starting in the beginning of October there are tons of activities to enjoy, sometimes with real ghosts.

Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour:

Board the trolley, with psychic medium Craig McManus… if you dare! As you are guided through Cape May late at night, listen to what ghosts and spirits have to say as they fly by you. Maybe even encounter a few ghosts yourself and find out where they lived when they were alive.

Spooky Lantern Trolley Tour (CMLF led, departing from Cape May): 

Learn more about our “spooky lantern” trolley tour for New Jersey residents to explore the uncanny past of Lewes, Delaware.

Murder Mystery Dinners (Cape May):

If you are into murder mysteries, then this Halloween activity is for you. As you are enjoying your wonderful four-course meal you are put right into a 1909 murder mystery. Help find out who the real killer is before they get you next. Do you think you have what it takes to solve the case?

Reserve your ticket in advance as spaces are limited.

Midnight at the Physick Estate:

Are you brave enough to spend midnight at one of the most haunted places in Cape May? Spend your evening with a psychic medium as he tries to channel some of the spirits that are still living in the house. Get your ticket now so you could be one of the lucky 25 to spend midnight with some ghosts.

Physick Estate


While traveling over to the other side of the bay, there are activities for all ages who love Halloween in Southern Delaware.

Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival:

October 28th – 30th

This annual festival takes place at Rehoboth and Dewey beaches. It is a great time for everyone in the family to enjoy and celebrate Halloween with all the festivities. Join the costume parade to show off your scary awesome costume! Even your furry little friends can join in one the fun. After the parade, enjoy some live entertainment, carnival games, or test your throwing skills in the broom toss. To help work off all of that candy and sugar goodness, you can run the Fall Classic 5K and 1 mile Fright Walk. This festival is one that you don’t want to miss.

Punkin Chunkin World Championship:

November 4th – 6th

Bridgeville, DE

This exciting event isn’t like anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s not spooky or scary, but if you like seeing pumpkins get launched thousands of feet by hilarious homemade contraptions, then you will love this. This event brings hundreds of creative minds together to build their unique pumpkin launchers. It is unfortunately too late to sign up for this competition but, you are always able to go and watch the fun as hundreds of pumpkins are launched through the air. For more information on tickets and the contest rules visit their website.


As you are getting ready to celebrate this scary fun holiday, make sure to check out these awesome events on either side of the Delaware Bay. Travel with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to get the ultimate experience and maybe spot some ghost ships!

Happy Halloween from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Family and safe travels!







Delaware Brewery Guide


Calling all beer lovers! Southern Delaware has several local breweries that appeal to everyone’s taste buds! Most destinations are just a short drive from our Lewes Terminal and can make for a great day trip for Cape May-Lewes Ferry travelers. The following breweries offer each customer a unique experience , and some even include tours and tastings for their visitors. 

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

6 Village Center Blvd, Milton, DE 19968 (Go there!)

This “off-centered” brewing company eats, sleeps and breathes beer. They are constantly growing, and attracting visitors from all over the world. Their multiple Delaware locations offer a wide range of experiences for beer and food lovers alike. Freedogfish tours are offered multiple times a day at their famous brewery in Milton, DE. Their Brewery is easily identifiable from the roadway with signature pieces including Bunyan’s Lunchbox, their Steampunk Treehouse and outdoor fermenters.


If you get hungry, you can take a quick trip south to their restaurant, Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats. Their passionate brand seeks to provide entertainment, food and great beer to the Rehoboth Beach area.

Want to turn the day trip into a stay trip? The Dogfish Inn in Lewes, DE is just a short bike ride from our Lewes terminal! Their modern style inn offers 16 rooms, 7 of which are even dog-friendly!

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Crooked Hammock Brewery

36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes, DE 19958 (Go There!) 

If you’re looking for a “backyard cookout everyday” this is the place for you! crooked hammock breweryOnce off the ferry, the restaurant is just a short bike ride down Kings Highway. After moving to the beach 10 years ago, owner, Rich Garrahan sought to create a beach escape for his customers while enjoying the company of friends and family. You can’t miss this one of a kind venue from the highway based on its unique design and outside beer garden.

This company embodies summertime fun with live music everyday all summer long. Their craft beers are brewed in-house from scratch. Their menu offers summertime favorites including, burgers, dogs, and kebabs. Want to bring the fun home with you? Check out their store where you can purchase growlers, koozies and much more!

16 Mile Brewery

413 S Bedford St, Georgetown, DE 19947 (Go There!) 

Located in a renovated, historic barn, 16 Mile Brewery sits beyond the beach in the heart of Georgetown, DE. You’ll need a car to get to this location but it’s worth the journey (and away from the traffic).

Their brand prides itself on16 mile brew their historic roots, named for the town in which it resides. In the 1700s, Georgetown was named the County Seat and was 16 miles from anywhere. Their tasting room is open seven days a week for any and all guests. They also offer free tours daily and throwback Thursday trivia nights! Also, be sure to try their beer infused food that includes coffee, cheese, and bread.





Dewey Beer Company

2100 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE 19971 (Go There!) 

This Brewerys technique is based on a seven-barrel system that is dedicated to craft ales. Their rustic restaurant offers customers a unique and inviting atmosphere. As a young brand, they recently celebrated their one year anniversary with their Anniversary IPA.dewey beer

They pride themselves on all things local when it comes to their menu, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A quick peruse will make any seafood lover drool with their seafood creole, lobster roll and pan seared scallops. Parking is free Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings in Dewey, however they also recommend taking the Jolly Trolley which drops you right next to their building! So stop by for Happy Hour, 3-5 everyday!

 3rd Wave Brewing Co

501 N Bi State Blvd, Delmar, DE 19940


Located in Delmar, 3rd Wave Brewing was founded on two friends growing interest in home brewing that suddenly turned into a business venture. These co-owners opened their brewery in 2012 and were received with open arms by local residents. 3rd Wave brewing is founded on hometown roots and the mutual love of the beach and surfing. On the weekends their food truck, “In Your Backyard BBQ”, operates for all to enjoy. They offer a wide range of beers that fill 14 taps. You are able to taste any of them any day of the week in their tasting room. Their 1st Wave IPA is available all year round and has ‘a great hop bitterness balanced with a malty sweetness.’ Stop by and taste for yourself today!


Experience them all with the Delaware Beer, Wine, and Spirits Tour!

Why stop at just one! Visit Delaware has created a downloadable passport that will guide you from one location to the other.  So pick your favorite or enjoy them all! These trips are perfect for either a weekend getaway or any day trip! Whether you want to stick to the beaches or head up north to explore more, it’s easy to plan your trip. Either way, you’ve got plenty of time… because the ferry operates all year long! So let us be your form of transportation to your next adventure in Southern Delaware. For directions to each site check out this map.


Trying to get to one of these breweries? Check out this digital map!


**We encourage all passengers to consume alcohol safely and responsibly on and off board. We’d be happy to arrange a taxi or help you schedule your next shuttle bus!

Newest Adventure Park in Cape May

An Amazing Aerial Adventure

Tree2Tree Adventure Park opened spring 2016 on the grounds of the Cape May County Zoo.  It took the entire summer for me to gain the courage to try it out.  This September I climbed my first tree, jumped from mini platform to mini platform, got good at clipping and un-clipping safety latches, and ended the day courageously jumping out on five increasingly descending zip lines.

Photo Credit: Tree to Tree Adventure Park

It’s not an experience for the faint of heart, but it is a bucket list experience for sure.  Having never done zip lines, Outward Bound, or even 5K runs, this relatively sedentary gym rat (I limit myself to seated weight machines rather than treadmills), learned that it’s never too late to unleash your inner Tarzan or Jane.

I am thankful that I’ve spent the last two years at the gym gaining a minimal level of fitness to at least attempt the park.  The park is made up of five fitness courses labelled blue, green, red, silver and zip line, with each colored course increasingly harder, higher, or more challenging. Many first timers like myself stop after the blue course, however after seeing my younger compatriots take on the green course, I am somewhat regretful I didn’t move on, but someone had to get the water bottles!

Park guides state that you know when it’ time to quit. I stopped after the blue more from thirst and heat than the course, and I do recommend that older participants take breaks to find water.  It’s likely not smart to sit down on a lovely park bench, because once down, it’s hard to convince yourself to not only get up, but climb up a 10 or 20 ft. tree again.  Wisely, the park guides state that once you say you’re done and take off your harness, they don’t let you gear up again. They intrinsically trust your own initial body intuition.  If you even once say “enough is enough,” they take you at your word.  Don’t cry “uncle” unless you’re 100% sure you’re done for the day.

Photo Credit: Tree to Tree

Even if you opt out of the other colored courses at any time, if you keep your harness on, you can always still do the zip line at the end of the park.  Calling it a zip line is somewhat of a misnomer as it’s five separate zip lines. Having my only prior zip line experience been the very low training course at the beginning of the park, I was not prepared for the amazing height of the first line.  It took lots of coaxing by my guide and one of my tree swinging partners already on the far platform to take the leap into the air.  I had to close my eyes to push off. There was just no other way for me to take flight.  However, by the third platform, I could jump off with eyes open. It helps to know that each zip line is ever lower to the ground. Once you’ve done the first, you’ve done the “worst,” or highest, longest and best depending on your personal point of view.

Photo Credit: Tree to Tree

I didn’t know that an adventure park experience was on my bucket list, but it now is and has been crossed off. That said, I could easily be convinced to go again.  The green course is calling my name as again the zip lines.

Tree2Tree is a seasonal adventure park that will stay open in the fall as long as the weather allows.  Spring and Fall are great times to try the park as a cool breeze is very welcome while you work up your own inner heat from the high wire balancing act you didn’t know you had in you.  Reservations are required as you must have guides assigned to watch, coach and encourage you along.  All equipment is checked twice daily, and all wires are said to be military grade.  It’s a small, but much needed comfort when somewhere during the course your fear center kicks in and you wonder if you’re truly safe.  You are.  My moment came when I was afraid of holding on to my carabiner on the zip line, not trusting my own upper body strength.  Chris, my guide, then informed me that I really didn’t need to hold on at all.  The carabiner clip and zip line would hold my body weight for me, and could even hold a car. I don’t know if the latter is true, but the first was and by the fifth line I was arms out while zipping away for the true flying experience!

Photo Credit: Tree to Tree

Author: Rhona Bronson, Director of Marketing, DRBA

A Guide to Delaware Wineries

Any wine connoisseur knows that in order to find impressive wineries with stunning views they must travel west to California or across the Atlantic to Italy…. or do they? A quick trip across the Delaware Bay will change your mindset while saving you money on airfare. Whether your taste buds crave a nice dry Chardonnay or a sweet Moscato we’re here to point you in the right direction.

Nassau Valley Vineyards-Winery

32165 Winery Way, Lewes, DE 19958

(302) 645-9463


Nassau Valley is Delaware’s first winery, located just miles from Delaware Beaches. It is tucked away on a country road between Route 9 and Route 1. This farm winery offers any wine enthusiast an array of choices between red and white. Visitors can even test their vinification knowledge at their “history of wine” museum. This award winning vineyard was founded in 1987 by a father-daughter duo on a family farm site in Lewes. The daughter, Peg, had spent years traveling for a wine oriented publication until her passion shifted from writing to wine making. The 14 wines in their product line—which consists of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot—are made using local fruit. They are now open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm for self-guided tours through their facility. Tastings are only $5 per person and available during hours of operation.

Harvest Ridge Winery

447 Westville Rd, Marydel, DE 19964

(302) 804-1329


Harvest Ridge offers an escape to a simpler time when you step onto their secluded property. On a trip to South Carolina for his son’s wedding, Chuck Nunan was inspired to turn his hobby into a full-blown career choice. This beautiful dream grew into reality in 2011 with the planting of his first vines, Chardonnay, Viognier, Malbec, and Merlot. Harvest Ridge gives credit to the advantageous growing conditions such as warmer growing seasons and shallow waters. Can’t get enough? Become a Wine Club member and receive 3 bottles every three months and discounts off full case purchases. Tasting and tours are made available everyday from 12-5pm!

Pizzadili Vineyard & Winery

1671 Peach Basket Rd, Felton, DE 19943

(302) 284-9463


Two brothers from Italy brought a little piece of home with them to Felton, DE when they opened up in Felton in 1993. Now they currently offer 12 different grape varieties that range from a sweet dessert white wine to a dry red wine. They grow their own grapes and make all their wines on site. They also have large venue facilities that can accommodate large party tastings with friends and family. Their facilities are open to the public daily from noon to 5pm. Tasting and tours are open during the hours of operation. You are even able to take a piece of the vineyard home with you after a tasting with one of their keepsake wine glasses. 


New to the wine world and want to learn what to wine to pair with your meal? Or maybe you’re a trained professional looking to expand your palate. Be sure to join us for our Wine Lovers Sunset Cruises running all September and October long! To learn more or book your ticket today click here!


South Jersey Wineries

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Are you a wine enthusiast who loves tasting different wines from all over? Then what better place to visit and taste fine wines other than the Garden State itself! South Jersey has multiple vineyards and wineries all within miles of each other! Most of these wineries are located only a few miles away from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, so next time you are traveling over on the ferry, make sure to stop and check out these amazing wineries and vineyards.

Cape May Winery & Vineyard

711 Townbank Road

Cape May, NJ 08204

This winery named after a very historical town has started to make their own history themselves. Over the decades it has grown up to four different vineyards acquiring over 70 acres and many different varieties of grapes. Take a tour of this beautiful winery and learn the creative process as they take you behind the scenes. After the tour, experience and taste the wonderful selection of wines in one of their three tasting rooms. Their wine associates are there to help pair your taste buds with the perfect wine, so sit back and relax as you take in the breathtaking views. For more information about their wine tasting hours and prices, visit their website.Cape May Winery

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

600 South Railroad Ave

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The Hawk Haven Winery was established in 2008, but the land has been in the family since 1940. Take a tour of the vineyard and learn their background story. Witness their vast steel tanks and barrels as you go behind the scenes of their wine making process. Savor any of their award winning white, red, or cellared wines in their tasting room. They host many events from spring through fall that are family and pet-friendly. For more information about their tours and tasting room hours, visit their website.


Jessie Creek Winery

1 North Delsea Drive

Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

This winery, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay, has a Mediterranean ambiance that makes you feel as though you were in Italy! Its eight acres of land have the perfect soil for growing the best grapes. You can either take a tour to learn the hand making process of their wines, or taste one of their 14 wines (including their new fruit wines). If a day isn’t enough for you, stay at their Bed and Breakfast Inn right at the winery! This beautiful farmhouse was renovated into an inn for guests to enjoy right on the vineyard. To host an event here or learn more about their tour and tasting hours visit their website.

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Willow Creek Winery

160-168 Stevens Street

West Cape May, NJ 08204

This beautiful 50-acre winery will leave you in awe. As you walk through the garden you will come across their beautiful handcrafted winery where you can take a guided tour, or sit on their patio by the fireplace to taste some of their fine wines. They also host larger wine tasting events and Farm Festivals that you won’t want to miss! For more information about their wine or tours, visit their website.


Natali Vineyards

221 North Delsea Drive (North Route 47)

Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210

The start of this vineyard came in 2001 when Alfred Natali fell in love with the delicate process of creating fine wines while in Italy. He was amazed that you were able to grow Vitis vinifera, which is the grapevine of French and Italian wines, in Cape May. He began his experiment by purchasing 22 acres, and has been successful ever since. Their tasting room is open daily for you to try one of their grape or fruit wines. To find out more about tours and wine tastings visit their website.

Turdo Vineyards & Winery

3911 Bayshore Road

North Cape May, NJ 08204

This winery is saving the planet one wine bottle at a time! Turdo Vineyards and Winery is the only one in the state of New Jersey running on 100% solar energy. it all began when a North Jersey man had a dream and determination to turn 5 acres into a beautiful vineyard. Sal and his family work together to operate and create some of the best fine wines around. Their wines have been honored with many medals and awards. Tour their beautiful vineyard and see how it is all made in an energy efficient way and give their wine a try in the tasting room! For more information on their hours, or to schedule a private tasting, visit their website

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To get a chance to try some of these wines and enjoy the beautiful bay views, take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Wine Lovers Sunset Cruise! Join us for a wonderful night on the ferry with different wines that will satisfy anyone’s taste buds while watching the sunset from the best place around. The cruises will be every Friday and Saturday departing from both Cape May and Lewes until late October. Don’t miss out on this wonderful experience!

** We encourage all passengers to consume alcohol safely and responsibly on and off board. We would be happy to arrange a taxi or help you schedule your next shuttle bus!

Delaware Bay Wildlife: Mammal Edition

The diversity of wildlife in the Delaware Bay is amazing, and on board the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, you can experience a 360-degree view of much of the marine life it has to offer! It isn’t unusual to see dolphins, so be sure to keep your eyes on the water, and pay attention to the loudspeaker as the captain will typically announce where to see them in the water.


There are three different types of seals in the Delaware Bay: Gray Seals, Harp Seals, and Harbor Seals. The Delaware Bay remains a popular site for seals tomblog1.jpg migrate during the winter. The most popular time to see seals along the Delaware Bay is during the colder months. Seals usually come out of the water to rest after they have eaten. If you catch sight of one of these amazing mammals, contact Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation at 302-228-5029. 

Gray Seals: These seals can grow to be up to 10 feet long and 800 pounds! They are gray in color, although pups have white fur for the first three weeks of their lives.

Harp Seals: Adults range between 5 to 6 feet and can weigh up to 300 pounds. They eat small fish and migrate towards the arctic during the summer months.

Harbor Seals: Adults are about 6 feet and weigh over 200 pounds. They are blue-grey in color. These seals love to be on land, and will typically give birth to baby seals during the spring and summer months.

For more information, visit the MERR Institute.


The most popular times to see dolphins are during the spring and summer months. They are gray in color and easy to spot from the deck. There are 43 species of dolphins that are recognized. In the Delaware Bay, we typically see 8 species of dolphins including the Atlantic Bottlenose, Striped, and Atlantic White-Sided. 

For pictures and more information on each species click here.

Dolphins are incredibly friendly, intelligent and can live as long as 60 years! When dolphins sleep, half of their brain stays awake to keep them breathing so they don’t drown? Their diet usually consists of fish, squid, and crustaceans. Generally, mating season is in the spring and result in mothers giving birth to one calf. Each calf stays with their mother for the first three years of its life.

Fun Fact: Dolphins tend to leap out of the water to glance at their surroundings and even follow ships! So be on the lookout next time you’re aboard! 


There she blows! The Cape May Lewes-Ferry captains have been keeping their eyes peeled for whales in the Delaware Bay. Whales have a very large appetite and prefer smaller fish and krill for their meals and tend to swallow their prey whole. They tend to eat 4% of their body weight, with the smallest species of whales weighing 3,000 pounds that’s a lot of food! 


For more wildlife fun on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, be sure to check out our wildlife page before you plan your trip!