Just when spring fever hits, Southern Delaware kicks into gear, and locals come out to experience the best the area has to offer without summer crowds. A local insider tip is to take a trip on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, operating on reduced Winter Fare rates through March 31.
The ferry schedule bumps up from four to six departures most weekends in March. It’s a great time for birders to spot gannets and spring migratory birds. Passengers are equally likely to spot returning whales and dolphins headed north.
Many people get on the boat mid-morning, take a ride to Cape May, and drive for lunch and boutique shopping on Washington Street in the heart of town. They catch an early afternoon ferry back for an evening in Delaware.
Favorite family day trips are to Naval Air Station Wildwood, New Jersey’s Air and Space Museum, or the Cape May County Zoo (rated fifth-best in the U.S.). Adults sometimes prefer the Cape May Brewery or one of the three wineries, all within a short drive from the Cape May terminal.
Many day-trippers never get off the ferry or leave the terminal. These adventurers take a round-trip cruise, as foot passengers, just to get a whiff of fresh bay breezes after the long winter. Some bring a brown bag lunch on board or pick up a bite at the onboard galley, while many get off in New Jersey, watch their ferry depart, and happily wait for the next boat back while enjoying a burger at the indoor pub.
Sunset cruises that bring people back on the last boat from Cape May are a fun way to end a relaxing day.
Reservations are recommended, and can be made at cmlf.com or by calling 800-643-3779.