What To Bring To Birdwatch On The Ferry

Birdwatching

The Delaware Bay is a birdwatcher’s paradise because it is one of the greatest places in the country to see a large and diverse collection of birds. Thankfully, the Ferry can put you right in the middle of the beautiful bird wonderland! On the Ferry, we’ve seen egrets, laughing gulls, osprey, gannets, the occasional bald eagle, and much more, since the bay is always flapping with flying wildlife. Whether you’re an experienced birder, or just a traveler admiring the aviary display, here’s what you’ll need to birdwatch on the Ferry.

Beginner
If you’re a beginner birdwatcher, enjoying all the birds that the bay has to offer doesn’t take much at all. But, those summer days will leave you burnt without the proper sunscreen. This is always a necessity no matter what level birder you are! Check out our wildlife scorecard, available on deck, to keep track of all the marine life you see. Information includes what each species likes to snack on, what time of year is best to spot them and even a fun fact or two. Depending on the season, you’ll see a variety of birds. In the springtime, an osprey couple typically lays three eggs by our Lewes Terminal, making for a great attraction! By the time summer comes around, the babies are hatched and ready to take their first flight. To catch our live feed of the Osprey nest check out our website!

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Intermediate
If you’ve dabbled in bird watching, bringing a backpack is a great idea to keep your hands free for holding binoculars or a camera. In the Springtime, hundreds of thousands of migrating shore birds feast on new horseshoe crab eggs that line the Delaware Bay shoreline. You may be able to spot the Red Knot that breeds as far north as Canada. In order to spot some of these migrating birds we suggest that any intermediate birder to bring a field guide to spot the variety of species. We also advise birders to wear long pants and closed toes shoes when exploring any wetlands and marshes.

Expert
If you’re an expert birdwatcher, chances are you don’t need us to tell you what to bring along! You may already have one or more field guides and own a pair of binoculars. If you’re bringing a camera, we also recommend a tripod for stability when the boat is rocking.

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No matter your skill level, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry provides 360-degree views of Delaware Bay wildlife like you’ve them never seen before. Stop on either side to experience the natural habitat of Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware or Cape May Point State Park in New Jersey. The biodiversity on the a Delaware Bay attracts visitors from all over to explore our wetlands, beaches and woodlands.

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Your Ferry Tale Wedding

When it comes to wedding planning, there are countless decisions a couple must make before their special day. One major decision being the location of their wedding. Cape May and the Delaware Beaches remain one of the most popular wedding destinations in the country. Warm sand, blue waters, and charming history provide a perfect backdrop for your upcoming wedding!

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Have a “Ferry Tale” Wedding

Our beautiful docks at both our Lewes and Cape May terminals offer an amazing backdrop for your special day, and our Sunset Lounge is a beautiful reception area. Whether you’re going for a nautical theme or want to stay tranquil, our events management staff will help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Our peaceful settings will create the perfect atmosphere for you and your partner to start your new life together. Let us help you create an event that you and your guests will never forget.

It’s all about the details

Our skilled culinary professionals will help you pick the perfect food and drink options within your budget, from new craft beer weddings to more traditional champagne and cake events. We provide everything you need to host a dinner. Culinary creations include delicious and fresh seafood options including, shrimp, crab cakes, lobster tail and more! Our venues are flexible and perfect for smaller, intimate weddings of 20 or fewer, mid-sized weddings, and larger outdoor events.

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Location, location, location

Our New Jersey and Delaware locations offer couples multiple venue choices no matter the size of the party. Our venue capacities range from 40 people all the way to 1,500! Whether in Lewes or Cape May, our venue options will make your day as special and unique as you are! 


blog wedding2Whether you want an outdoor location, indoor, or split time between both, we’ve got you covered! Our terminal green offers a spectacular backdrop to the incredible sunsets on the bay. Inside, we have both our gallery room and Sunset Lounge that provides beautiful home for your event.

In Delaware, we have 3 more locations to choose from. Our bayside pier offers a unique opportunity for your guests to sit above the water and soak in the majesty of the sea.  Our bayside green is also available for a larger event or our sunset room for a party under 50.

Who doesn’t love a destination wedding?

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Whether you’re a local resident or coming from out of state, leave the planning to us so you can sit back and enjoy your day with friends and family. For more wedding inspiration, be sure to check out our Pinterest board! For inquiries, feel free to contact us!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware Brewery Guide

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Author: Rhona Bronson, Director of Marketing, DRBA