Get to know the Gateways of Lewes

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The “Gateways of Lewes” are six roads forming a continuous network of greenway leading into the town and out to the ocean. The Gateways also provide an active and enjoyable way to explore the more than three centuries of Lewes history. You’ll definitely want to make a day of traveling these trails by boat, car or bike, leaving plenty of time to take in the natural beauty and interesting stopping points.

The “Gateways from the Land”—Kings Highway, Savannah Road and New Road—run generally east to west, perpendicular to the coast, passing through numerous historically significant areas, including downtown Lewes. The “Gateways from the Sea”—Pilottown Road, Gills Neck Road and Cape Henlopen Drive—run approximately north to south, parallel to the coast. This route follows the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and the beach.

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Canoeing at Trap Pond State Park near Lewes.

Among the interesting places you’ll find along the Gateways from the Land are the Lewes Presbyterian Church (est. 1692) and churchyard, the Zwaanendael Museum (built in 1932 to resemble the ancient City Hall in Hoorn, Holland) on Kings Highway, and Bethel Cemetery and the War of 1812 Memorial Park just north of the Canal Bridge on Savannah Road. Along the Gateways from the Sea are the Cannonball House (with a War of 1812 cannonball embedded in its foundation), historic Victorian homes of Delaware River and Delaware Bay pilots, the Lightship Overfalls (a floating lighthouse built in 1938), and Canalfront Park.

At the end of the Gateways from the Sea greenway is the 5,193-acre Cape Henlopen State Park. There, you can hike a three-mile paved loop trail, six miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean, or the 1.6-mile crushed-gravel Walking Dunes Trail, which ends at the 80-foot-high Great Dune. They’re called “walking dunes” because they actually move slowly across the park.

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In the park, you’ll discover a World War II observation tower that was part of Fort Miles and used to spot enemy battleships. It’s a shorter climb up one of the former military bunkers in the park, but the view is still impressive. Be sure to visit the Seaside Nature Center to check out the live Osprey Cam.

Visit www.delawaregreenways.org for more information.

Explore our Dockside Grill!

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Leave fast food on the highway! Enjoy a local favorite right at the Cape May or Lewes Ferry Terminals. Experience casual dining with spectacular waterfront views as a passenger or local resident. So whether you’re waiting to board or seeking a night out, explore our savory menu and look out for our entertainment series this summer.

On The Rocks at the Lewes Terminal was named 2016 BEST WATERFRONT DINING in the Best of Delaware Competition. A huge honor and well earned! Come try for yourself!

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On The Rocks at the Cape May Terminal was renovated in early 2016. The area has a great new vibe and layout designed for optimal orange crush consumption and sunset watching!

Kid and Dog-Friendly: Bring the whole family and enjoy the view

On The Rocks is a perfect way for adults to kick back while kids are entertained for free. With our playground and free mini golf directly on the site, your kids will be able to play before and after their meals.  Don’t forget to look for the Osprey nest at the Lewes terminal, directly above the dock. For the pups, your dog will love the open play area. And don’t forget that we are within walking distance from the beach, if you are looking for an after meal stroll. 

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Parking: Free

During the peak summer season, it’s hard to find free parking in the Cape May and the Lewes/Rehoboth area. It can be even more of an inconvenience if you’re just grabbing a bite to eat. At On The Rocks, we got you covered with free parking all day, every day, at both of our locations. If you are a drive-on passenger, arrive about an hour and a half early and have a sit-down meal before boarding.  Make sure that if you are a foot passenger or a local resident stopping by, to park in the foot passenger designated parking area. Follow signs towards parking and make sure to avoid all toll lanes. In Lewes take the second exit into the terminal. In Cape May, follow signs towards Cape May-Lewes Ferry and when approaching toll lane, exit towards the sign that says walk-on passengers parking.

Free Live Entertainment

Entertainment at Cape May’s On The Rocks will take place every week, Tuesday through Sunday. The live concert series at our Lewes and Cape May terminals will offer something for everyone! Wednesdays in Cape May and Thursdays in Lewes will feature the diverse sounds of the Delaware Bay. 

Drinks: Tap Takeovers

What better way to dine than enjoying a view with a brew? All summer long we host local brewery’s creations that pair perfectly with your meals. Tap takeovers will take place at our Cape May location, however, if you’re from the Delaware region, simply hop on board and we’ll get you there right in time for dinner!

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Small plates vs. Large plates: Decisions, decisions

Who says you can’t have both? Our small plates are great starters giving you something to munch on before your meal arrives. Our famous crab dip loaded with melted cheese and fresh crab meat will blow you away. Not a seafood lover? No worries! We’ve got grilled burgers, loaded fries, grilled chicken sandwiches and more! So whether you’re with the family or enjoying the night out with friends, we’ve got something for everyone. When you’re finished eating, take a walk on our dock, you may even spot some dolphins. 

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Stop by and see what all the buzz is about! And did you know we have a Cape May Facebook and a Lewes Facebook? Check us out for real-time updates and more food fun! 

Road To School

Savings and Sailing with the Ferry!

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The school year is right around the corner, and that means the time for back-to-school shopping is here! While this annual shopping trip can sometimes seem like a chore, the ferry can help you turn it into a fun trip along the shore, and get you some great savings as well!

Until Sunday, August 21st, you can pick up a Tanger Outlets Coupon Sheet at the Customer Service Desk of the Cape May Ferry Terminal for up to 25% off select purchases. Just follow the tips below to start saving!

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The Iconic Kalmar Nyckel

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The Kalmar Nyckel is a sailing piece of history – 1600’s history to be exact. Built by the Dutch and sold to the Swedish, the original vessel was once called the “Mayflower of the Delaware Valley.” The ship sailed from Gothenburg, Sweden in 1637, and its travelers established their first settlement on the site of what is now Wilmington, Delaware. The Kalmar Nyckel was eventually sold to Dutch merchants and sunk off the coast of Scotland in 1652.

To commemorate the voyages of the original vessel, a replica of the ship was launched in Wilmington, DE in 1997. This recreation of the Kalmar Nyckel took about a decade to complete before it set sail on the Christina River. Today, the Kalmar Nyckel offers a once in a lifetime experience to visitors as they are able to climb aboard and soak in the history for themselves. The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is a nonprofit organization that gives visitors along the east coast a unique glance at history. The current model is operated by a volunteer staff who are passionate about educating the public about the history maritime and colonial life.

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The Kalmar Nyckel has plenty of educational opportunities for visitors of all ages! They offer field trips for classrooms to explore the majesty of the vessel with interactive information stations. Guests are encouraged to dress up in sailor and pirate gear similar to the crews! In Lewes, they offer deck tours where crew members will transport you back to 1638. Kids can even ring the ship’s bell!

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Interested in joining the crew? There are 300 volunteers that help support the Kalmar Nyckel annually that come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. They offer training classes all year long in Wilmington, DE for those willing to volunteer. While this training requires some time commitment, it is absolutely worth the experience.

The Kalmar Nyckel will dock at our Lewes Terminal from August 13th – September 5th. And, BOY, are we excited! Tours and sails will be available. Booking is through the Kalmar Nyckel website. Even if you’re not going for a sail, the sight is absolutely something to behold.Stop by and grab a bite to eat or drink at our dockside grill, On The Rocks – Lewes (ranked #1 Waterfront Eatery in the 2016 Best of Delaware Competition) and marvel in this piece of history. 

 If you’re traveling from the New Jersey area be sure to book your Cape May-Lewes Ferry tickets in advance! 

Keep up with the Kalmar Nyckel on their website: www.KalmarNyckel.org 

Camping in Cape May County

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Do you LOVE to go camping or have never gone before? Whether you like your outdoors experience to be rustic, or you prefer the comfort of modern amenities, you’ll find what you’re looking for in and around Cape May if you’re traveling over on the Cape May – Lewes Ferry!

Beachcomber Camping Resort
462 Seashore Road
Cape May, NJ
(609) 886-6035
Open until Nov. 1, Beachcomber offers lakefront and wilderness sites, including accommodations for RVs up to 48-plus feet. Cabins are also available. Amenities include clean, modern bathhouses, two lakes stocked with fish for catch-and-release, and family
activities on weekends. Daily rates are $38-$70 for campsites with electric, water and cable; $43-$77 with sewer. Tent sites with electric, water and cable run $39-$73. One-room cabins are $69-$134; two rooms $74-$144, some pet-friendly.
www.beachcombercamp.com

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Big Timber Lake
116 Swainton-Goshen Road
Cape May Court House, NJ
(888) 886-2477
Camping Resort Chose from a cozy rustic-to-deluxe cabin ($76-$113) or two-to-three-bedroom cottage ($138). For RVs, there are sites available with water and electric ($50); water, electric and sewer ($51); and pull-through with water, electric and sewer ($55). The resort is open until mid-October.
www.sunrvresorts.com

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The Depot Travel Park
800 Broadway
West Cape May, NJ
(609) 884-2533
Open through Oct. 12, this family-owned campground is the closest to Cape May’s beaches. Tent and RV sites are available with two- to four-way hookups, and pets are welcome. Rates for sites with water, electric, sewer and cable TV hookups are $43-$54.50; $42.50-$54 with water, electric and cable TV; $40.75-$52 with just water and electric.
www.thedepottravelpark.com

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Holly Shores Camping Resort
491 U.S. Route 9 South
Cape May, NJ
(877) 49-HOLLY
Open until late October, Holly Shores offers serene woodland settings. It can accommodate RVs up to 40-plus feet and has air-conditioned/heated, kitchenette-equipped cabins that sleep up to six. Bathhouses are clean and modern. Family activities are held on fall weekends, and there are three freshwater fishing lakes within easy walking distance. Some accommodations are pet-friendly. Daily rates for campsites with water, electric and cable are $46-$66; $52-$67 with sewer. Cabins are $104-$175.
www.hollyshores.com

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Seashore Campsites & RV Resort
720 Seashore Road
Cape May, NJ
(609) 884-4010
Through Oct. 31, stay in a two-bedroom cottage or back-in or pull-through RV site at this 90-acre, pet-friendly resort. Cottages accommodate six people and include full kitchens, private bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and screened-in porches. Rates for cottages are $142. No-hookup sites are $31-$34; $32-$40 with water and electric; $32-$42 with full hookup. www.sunrvresorts.com

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Your Backstage Pass to Summer Music at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry

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It’s Summer time! What better way to celebrate than with waterfront dining and live music? With locations, On the Rocks, On the Green, and On the Boat, it’s hard to keep up with all the musical events happening at the Cape May-Lewes ferry. BUT have no fear! Read on for a breakdown of all that is happening, so you don’t miss a beat (get it?). On almost every day of the week from July and August, there is entertainment of every variety being played at one of our locations.

1. Fun, Fun, Fun (*Beach Boys voice*) and Free

Our summer outdoor concerts series includes free admittance and free parking for all summer concert posterinterested in attending. At both On the Green sites (located right outside the terminals) in Lewes and Cape May, you can grab a bite to eat at our restaurants and enjoy the sights and sounds. In North Cape May, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in partnership with the Lower Township of Parks and Recreation will present music on Wednesday nights at 5:30pm. In Lewes, some of Delaware’s favorites will be presenting starting with Mike Hines on July 14th.  Other artists include Jesse Garron, The Comfort Zone, and The Funsters. We will also offer live music at our On the Rocks restaurant location in Cape May. These events will occur throughout the week starting June 17th with Reggae.

 

 

2. It goes on and on and on and on (*Journey voice*)

Don’t want to leave the music on land? Whether you’re traveling on the ferry or a resident of either Lewes or Cape May, the music will continue whether you’re on land or out at shore. For those that are joining us on the water, we recommend that you make a reservation to travel with us. These Rock the Boat musical cruises will make you never want to get off! Every Friday evening from July 11th to August 29th catch a cool summer breeze while enjoying the upbeat music. Back by popular demand is the 6-piece band, Animal House. This Party Dance Band consists of Veteran musicians that have played up and down the east coast. No genre is left untouched with this group!

     New this year is the band, Twelve 01. This new addition will perform 4 consecutive Fridays onboard. This band is a pop rock band that performs locally in Cape May. Also to appear on the Rock the Boat cruises: Glass Onion! Jumper, and One Hot Mess.

3. This is the Time to Remember (*Billy Joel voice*)

New beginning this year: Sunday Jamz! End the weekend on a high note by joining us on the water for some laid back early evening fun. Based on Rock the Boat, these new musical experiences are earlier in the day and a little more low key featuring local breakout performers. Each cruise includes a Tap Takeover with summer specials from local Delaware and New Jersey MicroBreweries. This entertainment series is offered Sundays, July 10 through August 28.  The Lewes cruise will depart at 3:15PM and the Cape May departure starts at 2:30. Reservations are required to join in on the fun. The price is $19 round trip which Includes $1 off all beers for the entire journey! Must be booked in advance to get the deal.

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For further  info: Call 1-800-643-3779 or visit us online today!

Free Activities in Cape May

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Traveling to Cape May for a vacation or just a day trip? Don’t miss out on these fun FREE activities that you and the rest of the family can enjoy!

Cape May County Park & Zoo

Everyone has their cape may county zoofavorite zoo animal and what better way than getting to see them for free?! The Cape May County Park & Zoo is known for its endangered species and wildlife. It is a great place for all ages to enjoy the day and see all the wildlife that the zoo has to offer! Although the zoo is free, donations are recommended to help take care of all your favorite animals.

Cape May Point State Park

Cape May point lighthouseEnjoy the scenic view from the top of the 157-foot tall Cape May lighthouse.* The view from the top is something that you would never have seen before! Besides the lighthouse, there are three trails on the property for hikers to enjoy and see all the different habitats, birds, wetland marsh, and other wildlife along the shore. Each trail is a different distance. The Red Trail is .5 miles long and is wheelchair accessible. The Yellow Trail is 1.5 miles long and the Blue Trail is 2.0 miles long. Each trail offers different unique sightings for all to enjoy! For more information regarding the lighthouse or trails, visit their website.

*Admission to the lighthouse is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12 and children under 3 are free.

 

Washington Street Mall

Enjoy the wonderful shops and restaurants Cape May has to offer at the Washington Street Mall! The historic strip mall brings the city of Cape May all together in one place. There are plenty of shops to look around and find unique antiques. If you aren’t in the mood for shopping, enjoy some delicious foods from homemade fudge to the best restaurants around!

Sunset Beach

uss-atlantusThe name of this beach is self-explanatory; you can view the best sunsets around here with a twist. As you’re enjoying the beautiful view you can see the historic Atlantus, which was a concrete ship built during WWI. The ship was purchased and brought to Cape May for further plans but during a storm, the ship sunk. You are able to see the tip of the ship that is sticking out above water. On the beach, you can explore and find many “Cape May Diamonds” in the sand! Besides exploring the beach there is a gift shop and grill for all to enjoy.

Take a trip over on the Cape May- Lewes Ferry and check out these activities while on your visit to the beautiful Cape May!