Cape May is a popular destination that draws thousands of vacationers to explore the historic sights and sounds. While there’s plenty to do in Cape May itself, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a unique area attraction that every traveler must check out at least once in their life.
This ferry system carries hundreds of passengers from Cape May in New Jersey to Lewes in Delaware each day, operating 365 days a year rain or shine. Read on to learn about this unique way to explore Cape May or Lewes.
One Ferry Crossing, Two Unique Destinations
Since 1964, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry system has been in operation, providing three different ferries that make the 17-mile journey from Cape May to Lewes every day. Each boat is capable of transporting 100 cars, including RVs, vehicles with trailers, and even the occasional big rig. Capacity varies depending on the types of vehicles making the crossing. The ferry also allows motorcycles and bicycles on board. Reservations are strongly encouraged as tickets sell out fast.
The journey from Cape May to Lewes is about 85 minutes. There are multiple trips per day, and it takes around three hours for a round-trip voyage if you’re planning an outing. There’s no assigned seating, so you’re free to roam the vessel and find the best views.
The Cape May-Lewes ferries offer libations, snack areas, and gift shops on board so there’s plenty to do if you get tired of the bay views. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for marine life like dolphins and seabirds as well.
Things to Do from the Ferry Route
If you arrive early and have some time to kill, the Cape May ferry terminal actually has an on-site restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat before your voyage.
Lewes is equally exciting with Cape Henlopen State park situated just outside town. You could spend all day exploring this scenic seaside park, which features bike trails, fishing off the pier, a nature center, and the Fort Miles historic area, which was once a WWII coastal defense site.
Just south of Lewes is the town of Rehoboth Beach, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Craft beer lovers are in for a treat with Dogfish Head, one of the nation’s best breweries, offering a brewpub in town.
If beer’s not your thing, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from like Salt Air. This farm-to-table restaurant is highly rated and even offers a nice kids’ menu.
Once you’ve had a bite to eat, check out Funland and the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. Funland is a family-owned-and-operated amusement park that started in 1962, offering 17 rides, plus countless games and attractions.
The boardwalk offers even more activities, restaurants, and eats. Or, you can just relax along the many miles of sandy beach.
Where to Stay in Delaware or New Jersey
On the Cape May side of the ferry, Sun Outdoors Cape May is a fantastic place to rest your head. It’s positioned just outside the Jersey Shore, about a 15-minute drive from the ferry terminal. There is a great selection of lodging accommodations you can book, with fantastic resort amenities to enjoy during your stay.
If you stay in Lewes, there are two incredible resorts to consider: Sea Air Village and Leisure Point. Sea Air Village is located just 20 minutes from the Lewes ferry terminal, and Leisure Point is only ten minutes further south.
Sea Air Village
This unique destination is a mixed community of full-time residents and vacationers. This resort has a number of RV sites, but tent camping is not permitted. Guests can enjoy the swimming pool, fitness center, basketball court, restrooms and showers.
Leisure Point is situated near the Rehoboth Bay with pristine views of the bay and Atlantic Ocean. This RV-only resort welcomes pets and offers a swimming pool, fitness center, and recreation center. You’ll also have access to the bay with 300 boat slips at the on-site marina.
Sites for both Sea Air Village and Leisure Point Reservations fill up fast so call (888) 886-2477 to book your stay today.