Birding, Nature & Wildlife

Did you know that Cape May has been a destination point for birds (and birdwatchers) for over two centuries? Well, we’re sure the birds have been in on the secret for longer but bird observers—among them John Audubon, who set out to paint and describe all the birds of North America—have found Cape May, West Cape May, and Cape May Point to be a migratory haven for our fine feathered friends. Cape May County has a tremendous variety of habitats for migrating birds: salt marshes, swamp or wet woods, fresh water marshes and ponds, pine forest, saltwater, grasslands and open fields.

If you’re interested in native plants and NJ wildlife habitat, Cape May is home to several botanical gardens that offer tours and walking trails.

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Aqua Trails

Kayak and paddleboard nature tours, rentals, and sales.

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Bayshore Center at Bivalve – The AJ Meerwald

An educational institute, with programs on the schooner, at the Bivalve campus and in the community.

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Cape May County Park and Zoo

A free county park and zoo located just a few miles up the Garden State Parkway

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Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center

The Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center was the original eco -tour operation in Cape May starting in 1987.

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Nature Center of Cape May

The Nature Center of Cape May was founded in 1992, with the twin goals of creating a responsible stewardship program for open space surrounding Cape May Harbor and providing environmental education for people of all ages.

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The Skimmer
Salt Marsh Safari on the Skimmer

Back Bay Birding and Wildlife Boat Tours from Cape May / Wildwood & Stone Harbor, NJ

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The Sperlak Gallery & Sculpture Gardens

Where a Field meets the Forest and Marsh on the Crow Creek!

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Tiny Cruise Line

Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the harbor to see our marinas, the US Coast Guard base, waterfront homes, wildlife, and more!

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Wetlands Institute

We provide a fun and interactive educational experience for families, school groups and vacationers of all ages through nature exploration and discovery.

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