An historic resort town, Cape May Harbor boasts the original seaside village atmosphere it offered in the middle 1800s. With a concentration of Victorian architecture, this National Historic Landmark is second only to Atlantic City for tourism in New Jersey. It is also a fruitful fishing harbor with easy access to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Cape May Harbor has a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and cool winters. Temperatures range from an average high of 29°C (85°F) in July to an average low of -2°C (28°F) in January. Precipitation averages about three inches per month throughout the year, and snow comes from December through March, with over six inches falling in February.
Cape May State Park is home to the Cape May Lighthouse, a 199-step tower that offers panoramic views of Cape May Harbor and beyond. In addition to the shoreline and dunes, the day-use park is an excellent location for watching the fall bird migrations. Located on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail, this Cape May Harbor state park has an environmental center and a museum featuring the area's historic and natural features.
There are a variety of tours available in Cape May Harbor. The 1-1/2 hour Historic District walking tour, self-guided audio tours, and the Trolley Tours go through the heart of the historic area. Tours are also available to see the Emlen Physick Estate, a Victorian mansion with period furnishings. Actors play the roles of the Physick family, and special Victorian holiday tours are a treat at Christmas.