Snowy Travels Across the Delaware Bay

snow1The winter has finally arrived. The nights are longer, the days are colder, and there are a few flurries in the sky. Even with all of that, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is still making daily crossings on the Delaware Bay.

When Jack Frost decides to come into town and freeze over the bay, our vessels are on the job. The ferry acts as an ice breaker during those cold winter months so passengers are still able to cross during the off season.

What better way to travel in the freezing weather than on one of our warm vessels with a hot chocolate in your hand? I don’t think it could get much better than that. No matter the season, enjoy a ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry!snow2

 

Last Minute Gift Shop Items

Forgot a few key items on your trip? No need to worry because the Cape May- Lewes Ferry gift shop has all the key items that you need!

Whether you’re at the ferry terminal in Cape May or Lewes, or even if you’re on board the vessel, the ferry gift shops have the necessities for your trip, and some awesome ferry swag as well!

In a hurry and forgot your sunglasses? Pick up a pair to help protect your eyes from the sun while you watch out for wildlife on the Delaware Bay!

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And don’t forget to pick up a Cape May- Lewes Ferry hat!

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For the kids, we have captain and pirate hats, and maybe you’ll bump into a few captains or pirates along the way!

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Don’t forget to pick up one of our travel mugs in a variety of colors to hold your favorite cold beverage while relaxing on board the ferry!

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On those chilly days while crossing the Delaware Bay, get one of our super comfy sweatshirts to keep you warm from those bay breezes. One of these shark buddies with matching hoodies makes a perfect companion during your travels!

Last but not least, a ferry travel tote would make a handy accessory to have so you can carry all of your items together in one place!

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No matter where you are heading, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry has got you covered for last minute items! We hope you enjoy traveling across the Delaware Bay as part of the ferry family. Stop by our gift shop while on board or at our terminals to check out all the awesome gear we have!

 

Cape May Museums

As the weather starts to get colder, everyone resorts to the indoors to keep warm. Thankfully, there are quite a few great museums within minutes of the ferry to help keep you warm during those colder months!

Historic Cold Spring Village

720 Route 9 South
Cape May, NJ 08204

This interactive museum will make you feel like you traveled back in time to the “age of homespun” which took place between 1789 and 1840. Walk around their 30 acres of land and visit their 26 restored historic buildings. During your visit, you will have the chance to meet historically clothed interpreters who educate you about the lifestyle and issues of the time. Children can join in the festivities, trying on costumes, making crafts, and playing the games of that time. Dine at their restaurant right on their property or stop at their ice cream parlor or bakery for a delicious treat and their brand new brewery!

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport, NJ 08242

Learn and see dozens of airplanes, helicopters, jet aircrafts and more. Located in Hanger #1 at the Cape May Airport, see some memorable items and airplanes from WWII as you walk through their exhibits. This is a great museum for all ages to enjoy!

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Cape May Fire Department Museum

643 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204

This small museum is filled with powerful stories and history. It is free and open to the public for all to enjoy. Learn the history of the Cape May Fire Department and see their antique 1928 American La France Fire Engine.

Emlen Physick Estate

1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204

Travel back into Victorian time as you walk into the Physick Estate. Admire the architecture and decorative arts, and learn about this notable Cape May family. This estate gives you an insight on the changing lifestyle of the past and is a unique place to visit. 

The Museum of Cape May County

504 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Learn about the county’s original settlers in the 1600s into the 1800s as you walk through the museum. Catch a glimpse of what a doctor’s office looked like in the 1700s with all the different tools and pharmaceuticals that were used. You will also be able to see what a family’s home that was built in 1704 was like, and the changes that were made into the 1800s. Stop to see their new room that pays honor to those who have served, from the Revolutionary War to the current. This museum truly brings you to the past and shows you what life was like living in Cape May County between the 1600s and 1800s. It is a fun learning experience for all ages to enjoy!

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

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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?

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

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A ride on the ferry can be truly breathtaking.

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

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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!

Ferry RV Tips

Do you own an RV and enjoy going on adventures?  The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is an easy way to get from New Jersey to Delaware (or vice versa), while relaxing across the Delaware Bay. You may be thinking, “there is no way my big RV is going to fit on the ferry!”  The good news is that we can accommodate almost any size motor home or trailer onto our vessels. Everyday, we see all different shapes and sizes of recreational vehicles come aboard our vessels. Whether you have a Class A motor home or a fifth wheel trailer, we have space for you!

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After extended time on the road, the ferry is a great way to unwind, relax and leave the navigation to us. You get a chance to stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh bay breeze, and (hopefully!) see some wildlife as you cross the Delaware Bay!

Before sailing with us, here are a few tips to make the ferry experience as easy as possible: 

  • Reservations are highly recommended because each ferry is 2,100 feet and long vehicles are generally held to 20% of the load to allow the most people to cross. So make sure to reserve your spot now!
  • The height limitation – 13 feet, 6 inches
  • The width limitation – 8 feet, 6 inches (generally more than enough for most RV’s, but if vehicle is wider, it can still board and we will charge for 2 spaces)
  • There is no length limitation, but there are different rates for vehicles over 60’ and three different length classes for RVs ranging from 15-34’, 35-44’, and 45-59’.
  • Propane Gas Restrictions – no more than 2 cylinders of propane are allowed on at a time.
    • Must be safely secured to the vehicle in an upright position with valves closed and tagged.
    • Propane powered refrigerators must have the thermostat control turned to the “off” position.

There are plenty of campgrounds located not far from our Cape May or Lewes Terminals! Make sure to follow these tips next time before you board onto the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to make your ferry experience a great one!