1048 Washington St
Cape May, NJ 08204
Why should I go? The first thing you want to do when you get to Cape May is park your car and toss the keys on the dresser or desk until you’re ready to head for home. After that, there are two perfect ways to see the town: walk (which is also good for you and makes you feel less guilty about splurging at a great restaurant tonight), or hop aboard one of MAC’s red trolleys. Guilt aside, this is even better because you also get the added benefit of guides who know the ins and outs of the town’s colorful past.
Trolley tours run the gamut: History, romance, and even ghosts and you’ll find them at all times of the day and into the evening hours. You’ll also find trolley tours geared to young visitors and trolley tours for the holiday season, so you can see the town when it turns into a Dickens village. To make your life easier (you are on vacation, after all), check out our Trolley 101:
Welcome to Cape May Trolley Tour
Designed for the first-timers, this provides a quick overview of the town and an introduction to the many cultural, historical, and natural attractions we’re so proud of.
Historic District Trolley Tour
The town is justifiably proud of its Victorian heritage, and this is where you want a guide who knows his or her stuff. The architecture is amazing and the history behind it is as colorful as the paint colors.
Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour
If you’ve driven along Beach Avenue, you’ve seen some of the mansions you’ll be hearing about. Wealthy Victorians of the late 1800s who traveled here for the health benefits of ocean bathing and breathing in that sea air along the strand called them “cottages,” a major understatement.
Moonlight Trolley Ride
Beneath all those layers of clothes, those Victorians were romantic. You might find yourself getting in the mood, too, as you travel the town’s gaslit streets and listen to stories about Victorian courtship and romance.
Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour
Oooh… now we’re getting to the spirited side of Cape May, which has dozens of documented hauntings to brag about. MAC works with psychic medium and ghost writer Craig McManus who has visited homes, hotels and B&B inns, and has provided the MAC guides with the stories about who lived where, and why they’re still around.
Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour
McManus has also visited the Cape May Lighthouse, and found a few stray keepers of the past who can’t bear to leave. On this evening tour, you can climb to the top and learn more about this 1859 sentinel, or just admire it from the ground.
There are combination tours that first give you the historic background of the town, and then take you on to the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, the Victorian house museum that’s a must-see for all visitors.
Best of all, you’ll come away from your tour relaxed and refreshed. After all, you’ve just gone from traveling 80 mph to 8 mph. It’s time your life slowed down a little, and Cape May is a perfect place to do it.
For more information, contact MAC.