Cape May Seasonal Information

Cape May is a year-round destination, but every season is different. Here, find things to do in any season, as well as average air and water temperatures.

Spring in Cape May

Ahh, Spring. Cant you smell the sweet fragrance of hyacinths in the air? Don your Easter bonnet and take a stroll in the Easter Parade. Make sure to book your Easter Sunday dinner reservations early. Other than Mothers Day and Valentines Day, this is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. Be sure to join us when we tip our hats to the tulip as Cape May hosts the Spring Festival the Spring Victorian & Tulip and Garden Festival. Then, before you know it its Memorial Day Weekend the lifeguards are on duty, every day gets busier and busier, warmer and warmer. But the hustle bustle of summer is a few weeks away and you can still take a quiet walk along the promenade at sunset or ride a bicycle down to Higbee Beach to watch the sun rise or set. Enjoy the quiet and the stillness because summer, shes a coming in at last.

Shops & Restaurants

Shops and stores that close for the winter open their doors on weekends and some full-time.

Temperatures

The average monthly temperatures in the spring are 60F in April, and in May it get to be as warm as 69F. We all can't wait for June when it is finally warm enough for the beach! June's average temperature is 78F. Average water temperatures are 48-68F.


Summer in Cape May

Summer is, without doubt, the most exciting time of the year in Cape May. The area offers visitors any number of activities from whale watching to sport fishing. Cape May plays host to the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 that "boat to boat" is the richest and largest Marlin Tuna contest in the world. The Nature Center of Cape May as well as the Cape May Bird Observatory offer programs and tours everyday in the summer. Of course, the usual activities are at your finger tips the beach, bicycling, and walking. You can park your car and bike or walk around the island. In fact, If you're coming to Cape May for the first time, make a stop at the Welcome Area of the Transportation Center (where the buses go) off Lafayette Street across from the Acme shopping center and pick up a guide map on a "Car Free/Care Free" vacation. Volunteers from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) and the Chamber of Commerce are ready, willing and able to familiarize you with your new surroundings and let you know whats going on in town during your stay.

Shops & Restaurants

Shops and stores open early and close late.

Temperatures

The average temperatures in the summer are 78F in June, 84F in July, 83F in August and 77F in September. Average water temperatures are 71-73F.


Fall in Cape MayAutumn in Cape May

Dont think that because its Labor Day you have to pack away your sandals and shorts. Theres plenty of fun to be had in Cape May in the fall. If you like change, just stick around, the fall months offer lots of weather-related changes from 90-degree beach days to crisp fall evenings.

In addition, the Calendar of Events for September, October and November is plum full of things to do. Just to give you an idea - You can attend the Food and Wine Festival and Jackson Street's Oktoberfest in September, or the Lima Bean Festival in October. And dont forget the Cape May New Jersey State Film Festival. Did you know that Cape May Point offers nature lovers one of the most spectacular spectacles of nature available? The Bird Show, sponsored by the New Jersey Audubon Society, celebrates the fall migration of thousands of species of birds, butterflies and raptors. Participation is as easy as bringing your binoculars or you can sign up for the many seminars, nature walks and lectures offered. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, (MAC) which hosts many of the historic tours of Cape May throughout the year, sponsors Victorian Weekend, celebrating all things Victorian in which many historic home owners open their doors to give you a peak of the past. MAC also sponsors the Holiday Preview Tours held toward the end of November. Visitors can get a head start on their gift list while celebrating the Victorian lifestyle.

Shops & Restaurants

Most restaurants are open through the fall, though some may have reduced hours mid-week.

Temperatures

The average monthly temperatures during the fall are 77F in September, 66F in October and 56F in November. Average water temperatures are 73-60F


Winter in Cape MayWinter in Cape May

Christmas is the loveliest time of the year in Cape May. The town is dressed up in its finest Victorian splendor so visitors can get a glimpse of a Dickensian Christmas - Cape May style. Speaking of Dickens, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) hosts a "Dickens Christmas Extravaganza" in early December. Participants can enjoy the tastes, scents, and smells of the Dickens era. MAC also sponsors the 34th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour a must see. The West Cape May Christmas Parade is one our favorite events and evokes the pleasure and the joy of small town life. The parade is scheduled for the first Saturday every December. And make sure you pencil in Cape Mays tree lighting ceremony and community caroling as well as hospitality night when the Washington Street Mall merchants open their doors and offer shoppers a treat and a beverage as they hurry to finish their Christmas shopping.

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Dont think the fun has to end with the New Year bell ringing. January, February and early March are great times to plan that romantic getaway youve been talking about. Many of the hotels and B&Bs that remain open offer specials which often include a trip to the spa, a massage or a free dinner wrapped up in the package.

Shops & Restaurants

Most shops and restaurants are fully open right around Christmas. After New Year's, several will close for a few months, but there are year-round restaurants in Cape May.

Temperatures

The average monthly temperatures in the winter are 47F - 42F during December, January and February. March climbs up to about 51F. Average water temperatures are 42-37F.