Rainy Days in Cape May

Let’s face it, in every vacation a little rain might fall. In tourism destinations, we don’t charge extra for sunshine, so don’t ask for discounts when it rains. Don’t worry on rainy days in Cape May we have you covered. There are at least 101 things to do that you can read about.

In Cape May thankfully, we  have solutions for rainy days. We have wineries, breweries and things for kids this summer too.

What we don’t have- is ample parking on the days when Cape May becomes a destination for everyone south of exit 38 on the Garden State Parkway.

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It is always easy to tell the non-beach days from my vantage point. The pool gets a little more activity and the Washington Street mall swarms with people.  You could see that Tuesday afternoon. Overcast skies, drizzly weather, brought out not only Cape May’s visitors but most likely, Wildwood’s and half of Ocean City’s too. Business seemed to be booming on the Washington Street Mall.

The savvy visitor learns about Cape May’s free parking alternative. Evidently there were plenty of those savvy visitors yesterday judging by the crowds waiting at the free shuttle stops. Lining up in somewhat cooperatively formed groups, small crowds gathered behind the mall to wait for the shuttle.

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Free parking is provided at Cape May’s elementary school on Lafayette street. Those that choose to squeeze into town more than likely get caught in the line up leaving town. Tragically some of those that drive into town get caught up in what Exit Zero magazine calls the menace of Cape May- the dreaded parking meter. Or they become the honest folks who find jammed meters but leave notes and payment for their space anywayBut then, it’s August.



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  1. Nicole
    August 24, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Rainy days are often a blessing in cape may. On that rainy Tuesday we took the kids to the cape may airport to the NAS wildwood. It was outstanding and we followed it up with some late afternoon drinks and food on the deck at harpoon Henry’s… Not to mention a wonderful dinner at George’s after a wet windy typhoonish walk down the block to one of our favorite places. And we didn’t have to feed the meter.

  2. Victoria Clayton
    August 11, 2015 / 8:15 am

    I suggest going shopping at the West End Garage on a rainy cloudy day. Over 60 vendors under one roof. The finds are terrific! From antiques to collectibles to the latest in fashion. We are open from 10am – 6pm.
    See you soon!

    • diane
      August 11, 2015 / 11:43 am

      What is your address, sounds like a good place to visit.
      Thank you,

      • August 11, 2015 / 11:48 am

        West end Garage is on West Perry street across from CVS