Cape May

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Cape May is tough to get to without a car – so if you’re driving anyway, and have a few days to add to your vacation, you might as well visit another mid-Atlantic hot spot or two. Nearby cities add contrasting bustle; Atlantic City is the place to go for late-night excitement.

Day Trips from Cape May

Atlantic City

Atlantic City is the East Coast’s (decidedly more sedate) answer to Las Vegas. With gambling and nightclubs at night and beaches, the boardwalk, and an amusement park by day, Atlantic City is a 24-hour town for the whole family. Don’t miss Lucy the Elephant, an elephant-shaped building constructed in 1881.

47 miles north of Cape May; 1 hour by car, NJ, www.atlanticcitynj.com
Tags: beach | casino | day trip | amusement park

Ocean City, NJ

For a more traditional Jersey Shore experience, head to Ocean City, where you’ll find mini-golf, a marina, an arcade, and almost three miles of boardwalk.

30 miles north of Cape May; 35 minutes by car, NJ, www.oceancitychamber.com
Tags: beach | family | outdoors | day trip


Philadelphia is known as the home of the Liberty Bell and the Constitutional Convention, but it’s also a charming, walkable city with lively bars and tasty Amish food markets.

92 miles northwest of Cape May; about 1.5 hours by car, PA, www.gophila.com
Tags: family | art | culture | architecture | history | day trip | culinary

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