There’s no place better for families than Cape May! You’ll find a variety of multi-generational activities designed for kids and parents (or grandparents) to enjoy together. In addition to trolley tours, house tours and nature tours, MAC offers lots of family-perfect activities during the summer season. So, get off the beach for awhile and out of that arcade and do something together!

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FEATURED EVENTS

CAPE MAY LIGHTHOUSE

The present tower, which is the third documented lighthouse at the southern tip of New Jersey, has been an aid-to-navigation for mariners and attraction for visitors since it was built in 1859.

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SANTA’S TROLLEY RIDES

Mrs. Claus comes direct from the North Pole to lead this tour! She tells stories and leads holiday songs on this jolly holiday trolley ride through town. Santa joins the fun at the Gazebo on the grounds of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. Begins and ends at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. (with free parking available).

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

santa saying high to a child an his family eating breakfast

Share a delicious breakfast with family and friends and welcome special guest Santa Claus, himself, as he visits Cape May’s Aleathea’s Restaurant, the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. in the weeks leading up to Christmas! He will meet and greet his fans and there will be time for children to visit with Santa, take photos, and share their wish lists with him. Event is limited. Advance purchase required.

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS TROLLEY RIDES

Christmas Trolley Tour

Who can resist the twinkle of Cape May’s beautiful Victorian homes decorated for Christmas? This trolley ride through the historic streets of Cape May is a delight. Listen to Christmas music and enjoy hearing about the history of many of the Christmas traditions of today. Victorian Cape May is outstanding at Christmas and this is a ride to share with friends and family to revel in Cape May’s Christmas spirit. Trolleys are open-air. Blankets are recommended. Cape May MAC blankets are available for purchase at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth and the Physick Estate. Tour begins and ends at the trolley stop on Ocean Street.

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FESTIVALS AT THE PHYSICK ESTATE

2 kids holding painted pumpkins that htye made at the crafts table at a cape may mac festival on the grounds of the physick estate

Don’t miss these fun family festivals on the beautiful grounds of the Estate!

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12th ANNUAL SCARECROW ALLEY

October 9 – November 7, 2020

The grounds of Cape May’s original haunted house, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., have been transformed for the spooky season. Scarecrow Alley is a highlight of the Estate’s Halloween decorations. Walk the grounds and vote for your favorite ghoulishly gruesome or foolishly funny scarecrow.

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WINTER WONDERWALK

Emlen Physick Estate with a fresh coating of snow

The grounds of Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum, the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., have been transformed for the holiday season. Winter Wonderwalk is an exciting new addition to the decorated estate. Walk the grounds and vote for your favorite fun & whimsical display of winters past.

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CAPE MAY FAMILY TREASURE HUNT

treasure map

Discover the fun of exploring Cape May and uncovering its architectural elements from a kid’s perspective! The Family Treasure Hunt packet includes a clues sheet and map that will take you on a self-guided discovery tour set to your own pace (answer sheet also included). A great family activity for any time of day, it’s available year-round.

Free – Donation Suggested

Pick-up at one of our points of sale.

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STORY STOPS AT THE PHYSICK ESTATE

a photo of a Cape May MAC Story Stop fixture used by self-guided tour goers.

Look for various story stops on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate and listen to first-hand accounts of life at the Physick Estate during Victorian days in Cape May.

1048 Washington St., Cape May

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PHYSICK ESTATE SCAVENGERS HUNT

emlen physick estate on washington street in cape may new jersey

Have an adventure the whole family will enjoy at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate! Use our map to explore the grounds and find the answers to questions about the Physick family and life in Victorian times on this educational scavenger hunt. Available daily at the Hill House office or the Carriage House Visitors Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.

Free – Donation Suggested

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