Beach Bumming in South Jersey: Top Beaches and Coastal Activities

We’re not done with summer yet! There’s still plenty of sun to soak up and the Jersey Shore is bustling with activities for the whole family – so here are a few for your next trip down the shore. 

Spooky Seaside

Nothing goes with history better than a good ghost story – and historic Cape May has plenty of those. Cape May MAC offers a number of haunted tours, like the voices from beyond tour, where you’ll hear actual recordings of spirit voices from the past decade, or the oddities and obsessions tour, a trolley tour that highlights Cape May ghost stories and tales of famous Victorian illusionists. 

Making art

Flex those creative muscles and find inspiration as you explore than many artist booths at Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City. Speak with artists, take a free class at the Oceanside Family Success Center or attend events like poetry open mic and art lectures. There’s something for everyone. 

Catch on the bay

Get hands-on in the bay at The Wetlands Institute during their Catch O’ the Day exhibit. This interactive exhibit allows visitors to help drag a seine net through the water to catch crabs, shrimp, fish and more. The free activity happens Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:15 pm. 

Cape May Whale Watcher’s cruises

Beach – but make it free 

Ballin on a budget? The Jersey 

Shore has you covered. Think sand, surf and sun without the beach tags at one of the coast’s free beaches: Strathmere, The Wildwoods, Atlantic City, Beesley’s Point. 

Watching the whales (and dolphins!)

See the ocean come to life as you search the horizon for whales and dolphins aboard one of Cape May Whale Watcher’s cruises. 

Great heights

Feel the need…you know the rest. Aviation enthusiasts and beginners both have so much to explore at the NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum, from authentic World War II planes and medevac helicopters to a variety of jet crafts. Housed in a World War II hangar, the museum even has a real air traffic control tower you can explore. 

Gigi Tram Car in Wildwood

Gigi’s tramcar

Gigi’s tramcar

“Watch the tramcar please” – then hop on for a trip with Wildwood’s unofficial ambassador, John “Gigi” Gigliotti. The West Deptford resident has been steering tram cars and welcoming visitors to the beachside town since 1992. So whether you hop on for a tour of the 2 miles of Boardwalk or get a lift from one end to the other, keep an eye out for Gigi. 

August 2023
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