Updated on January 15, 2023.
Winter in the Northeast can be tough. Sometimes it seems the only option is to stay inside until the season passes. But, here, there’s another way.
Bundle up and enjoy a Cape May
We all know Cape May is a popular summertime destination. Travel Channel ranked its beaches among the top 10 in the country. But winter in Cape May is fun too. Whether you’re traveling with friends and family or planning a romantic weekend for two, here are the best things to do this winter in Cape May, NJ.
Listen to Music at Cape May Winery
Every Saturday Cape May Winery hosts local musicians from 2pm to 5pm. Enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and listen to fantastic performances by a rotating line-up of talented artists. Cape May Winery’s 2023 schedule will be available soon.
Tour Historic (and Haunted) Cape May
Cape May is famous for its historic wood-framed Victorian homes, many of which are reported to be haunted. Several mediums and groups offer ghost tours throughout the winter, where brave guests scan for paranormal with EVP recorders and EMF meters.
Explore the Doo Wop District
Fun fact, Cape May was a popular gathering place for members of the Doo Wop music scene. Today, lovers of the genre may tour iconic Cape May Doo Wop landmarks including the Doo Wop District, where a collection of vintage motels (and their kitschy signs) still stand.
Partake in Polar Bear Plunges
For the not-so-faint-of-heart, Cape May hosts several Polar Bear Plunges each winter where daredevils brave the icy Atlantic wearing only bathing suits. Of course, all this is for a good cause. Each Polar Bear Plunge aims to raise funds for the Special Olympics and its 25,000 athletes. Trophies and championship cups are given out to the highest fundraising teams.
Experience Cape May Arts & Culture
One of the most famous contemporary theatres in New Jersey is Cape May Stage, which features plays, musicals, showcases, and other special events all year long. In 2022, performances included: Double Play, America’s Sexiest Couple, The Lifespan of a Fact, and One Christmas Carol. Plus, its Broadway Series featured: Dr. K’s Motwon Revue, RESPECT: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, and An Evening with Melissa Errico: A Celebration of Love and Broadway. Check back for the 2023 lineup coming soon. In addition to the theatre, there are many nearby art galleries that feature both classic and modern ocean art by local artists. Ocean Galleries and Beacon Art are two of the most visited by art enthusiasts.
As you can see, there’s plenty to do here in winter in Cape May. Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille is a favorite Cape May restaurant and rooftop bar. Philadelphia Magazine named Harry’s one of the best places to drink outside on the Jersey shore. Open Seasonally for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Join us!