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EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE

No trip to Cape May is complete without  visiting Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. A variety of tours are offered throughout the year to let you see how the Physick family lived and help you learn about the Victorian era in Cape May.

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HISTORIC HAUNTS HOUSE TOUR

Visit the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate to learn about the Victorians’ fascination with spiritualism and today’s methods of “ghost hunting.”

Adults $15; Children & Military $10

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MAGIC & MYSTERY HOUSE TOUR

Take a step back in time to the Victorian Era in this 1879 restored mansion and learn about the Victorians’ fascination with magic, illusion, the mysterious and the odd. Hear about the Great Lafayette, the world’s greatest magician; Houdini, the astounding escape artist; Ionia, he Goddess of Mystery; Pepper’s Ghost, is it real, or just an Illusion? Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and much more! Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing; advance tickets recommended.

Adults $15; Children & Military $10

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Specialty House Tours

Private home garden

SPRING CELEBRATION GARDEN TOUR

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Step past the frontage and explore the private plants and blooms of some of the Cape May area’s most dedicated gardeners. See their private landscape designs and take home ideas for your own gardens. Smell and see what’s blooming and flourishing in several different seashore locations dominated by sunlight, ocean breezes, sand and salt.

Tickets $20

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TASTE OF CAPE MAY
Kitchen Tour

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See some of Cape May’s most fabulous private home kitchens while sampling food from a selection of the finest restaurants in town.

Angel of the Sea Bed and Breakfast

ANGEL OF THE SEA

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Take a 30-minute guided tour of one of Cape May’s most charming historic B&Bs and hear how this elegant property, built in the 1850s, was moved to its current location. Enjoy light refreshments after your tour.

Holiday House Tours

The owner of the mission inn is leading a christmas candlelight house tour in her living room with a beautiful Christmas tree lit up behind her

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOURS

Saturdays: Dec. 5, 12 & 19, 2020

 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Experience the high point of Cape May’s holiday season with these self-guided walking tours of dozens of private homes, inns, and churches specially decorated for the holidays.

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LAMPLIGHTER CHRISTMAS TOURS

Take a self-guided evening walking tour of five of Cape May’s finest Bed and Breakfast inns or private homes, specially decorated for the holidays.  Owners and Innkeepers will share their holiday spirit inside each location. The tour also includes a visit to the Carriage House Gallery at the Emlen Physick Estate where you can see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit while enjoying warm beverages and traditional cookies.

Adults: $20; Children (3-12): $15

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Cape May Henry Sawyer Inn decorated for christmas with lights on the house and the bushes

HOLIDAY INNS TOURS

See Cape May’s famous B&B inns!

Get into the Christmas spirit at three of Cape May’s festively decorated Bed and Breakfast Inns and private homes decorated for the holiday on these self-guided daytime tours.

Adults: $22; Children (3-12): $10

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PHYSICK FAMILY CHRISTMAS COMBO

Combine a 45-minute Historic District Trolley Tour with a 45-minute guided tour of the 1879 Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style, presented through the eyes of a Physick Family member in the 1800s.

 Adults $25; Children (3-12): $15

Combination tickets not available for online purchase. Click below to learn where to buy tickets.

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EVENING YULETIDE HOUSE TOUR

Take a 30-minute guided tour of the first floor of Cape May’s 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, decorated in authentic style for a Victorian Christmas. See how the Physick family would have entertained for the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit.

Adults $15; Children (3-12) $8

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CAPE MAY TROLLEY TOUR AT CHRISTMAS WITH LIGHTS ON THE HOUSES

EVENING YULETIDE COMBO TOUR

Revel in the sparkly lights of Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes decorated for Christmas on this Holiday Lights Trolley Ride followed by a guided tour of the first floor rooms of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House for holiday refreshments and a visit to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit. Tour begins and ends at the Ocean St. trolley stop.

Adults $25; Children (3-12) $14

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PHYSICK FAMILY CHRISTMAS TOUR

This 1879 Victorian house museum sparkles for the holidays with authentic Victorian decorations that invite you to step back into Christmas past! On the Physick Family Christmas House Tour, you will visit the Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style, for a unique living history experience with members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. Also see the Christmas Traditions exhibit at the Carriage House Gallery, a breathtaking Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree.

Adults: $15; Children (3-12): $8

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interior photo of the the cape may Cherry House private home decorated for christmas

CHEERY CHERRY HOUSE TOUR

The Cheery Cherry House Christmas Tour boasts more than a dozen beautifully decorated rooms throughout this 167-year-old, privately-owned home at 637 Hughes St.  Frank and Beth Acker invite you to travel back in time while viewing Santa and Mrs. Claus beside the tinsel-covered tree; the dining room table set with the Christmas turkey and trimmings; the parlor Christmas tree ornamented with family decorations from the 1800s; and the Dickens Village lighting windows and mantel.

All tickets $10; Children (under age 10) free

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