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Best Times to Visit Cape May

The best time to visit Cape May is from May to September when the air and water temperatures are warm enough for sunbathing and swimming. While summer is when the Jersey Shore comes alive, this seaside destination still boasts plenty of activities throughout the year. Visit around Christmastime to see twinkling lights draped across the city's Victorian homes, or opt for an autumn trip to enjoy the Cape May Fall Festival in October. Even spring draws some travelers – especially those looking to celebrate Easter. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, the personality of this tiny coastal town is sure to shine through.

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Weather in Cape May

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May-September

Cape May is at its best between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The summer months attract tons of visitors because the water is warm enough to swim and there are plenty of things to do, so keep in mind you'll have to contend with crowds at most attractions. Between May and September, you can expect average highs ranging from 70 to 85 degrees and lows from 53 to 68 degrees, as well as a number of festivals and the popular MidAtlantic fishing competition.

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October-November

For avid birders, fall is the perfect time to visit Cape May. Considered one of the best birding destinations in the world by National Geographic, the town hosts its annual fall birding festival in October during peak migration season. Visitors will also enjoy fewer crowds than the summer months and pleasant daytime highs between 57 and 67 degrees.

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December-April

Christmastime brings a certain magic to Cape May, with the Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tour and Winter Wonderland at Congress Hall. After that, the rest of winter through early spring is a somewhat quiet stretch. Still, don't let the lull of the offseason scare you away – for many, this is the perfect time to unwind and disconnect. As long as you can manage average highs ranging from 42 to 61 degrees and average lows dropping to 28 degrees in January, you'll likely have a nice trip and enjoy discounted lodging rates.

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