School’s out, the weather is warm, and there’s finally a break in your hectic school-year schedule. Whatever you have in mind for your summer fun, consider doing it in Cape May. You’ll find beaches, summer adventure activities and plenty of variety for your afternoon, weekend or week-long family adventure.
Be a Beach Bum
Cape May has plenty of beaches with easy parking and plenty of food and drink vendors nearby. The beaches at Cape May include Higbee Beach at Higbee Wildlife Management Area, Sunset Beach, Cape May Point and those in the City of Cape May. Don't forget sand toys for the little ones.
Get out of the 9-to-5 routine and do something a little (or a lot) adventurous. Rent jetskis, book a jetboat adventure, try parasailing or skydiving or go whale watching. Don’t worry if you’ve never been on a jetski before—you'll get safety training with your rental.
Love Mother Nature
Cape May is a great destination for nature lovers, with bird and wildlife watching opportunities galore. Rent bicycles or kayaks and get out in the fresh summer sun and air. Explore the Nature Center of Cape May or The Wetlands Institute, or just wander the nature trails with your journal or camera and see what you can see. If you are interested in a little supernatural excitement, consider a ghost tour, either walking or by trolley, and learn about the haunted parts of Cape May.
There's ample opportunity to go boating in Cape May, whether you have your own craft or or not. Cape May’s marinas are very accommodating, whether you’re putting your own boat on the water or booking a charter fishing trip. The number one safety precaution recommended by the U.S. Coast Guard is wearing a life jacket at all times in case of boating accidents. All recreational boats must have a life jacket for each person on board.
Play It Safe
No matter what type of summer fun is on your agenda, it’s important to plan for safety and comfort. Emergency room doctors like Dr. Brady Pregerson know the importance of preparing for summer safety all too well, having seen patients show up with heat stroke and injuries from walking barefoot and even summertime home improvement projects gone awry.
When you head out the door, make sure you have plenty of sun protection for everyone. Bring hats, sunscreen and sunglasses, and stock up on replacement lenses. Other good ideas for safe summer fun include:
- Make it a rule: No one ever swims alone
- When hiking, stick to blazed trails, and have some nonperishable snacks on hand
- Wear insect repellent and of course, drink plenty of water, no matter what activity you're engaged in