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Key Info

401 Washington St.

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Free, Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Atmosphere

Situated in the heart of Cape May, the Washington Street Mall is the place to go for one-of-a-kind retail, including local clothing stores, home goods shops, bookstores and more. The three-block outdoor shopping district is open all year and sits less than half a mile from the beach. Along the quaint stretch, you'll find restored Victorian storefronts and brick pathways, as well as whimsical fountains and benches throughout. When hunger strikes, patrons will have their choice of more than 25 restaurants and sweet shops, including the Cape May Fish Market, an Irish pub and a fudge shop.

Past travelers called the Washington Street Mall a must-visit, highlighting the unique stores and pleasant atmosphere. Some said this was the place to be in the evenings for dinner, while others remarked they spent the entire day at the mall wandering in and out of stores.

Since all of the boutiques are independently owned, hours vary. Still, you can expect most shops to be open between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. during the peak summer months, with shorter hours from Labor Day through October. Some stores close for the winter or only offer weekend hours. Metered parking is available within walking distance of the mall; the meters run between April 1 and Dec. 31. To learn more, visit the Washington Street Mall website.

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For many travelers, the allure of Cape May has much to do with its plethora of spacious, white sand beaches. The entire Jersey Cape (which stretches through 10 communities) boasts 30 miles of shoreline, and Cape May itself offers up 2 1/2 miles' worth. Across the various beaches, vacationers can swim, skimboard, surf, fish, kayak and play volleyball in designated areas. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer and all of Cape May's beaches are family-friendly. Alcohol is prohibited at all times and dogs are only welcome on the sand between November and March. Metered parking can be found along the main strip and you may also find free parking on side streets. Restrooms are located at every half-mile, as are open-air showers to rinse off sand.

Recent beachgoers said Cape May's shores were clean and easy to access. Many noted the stretches of sand were especially picturesque at sunrise and sunset, and some even spotted dolphins during these times. To enjoy fewer crowds, a few travelers recommended Poverty Beach, though families preferred to stay on the main promenade for easier access to bathrooms, umbrella rentals and restaurants. Keep in mind that some visitors reported the surf could be a bit rough at times, which may be dangerous for young children.

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