Nature Center

From the common areas to the room, to the food, everything was first class.

My wife and I recently stayed at the Bedford Inn and we were more than impressed. Immediately upon arriving we were greeted by the owner, Archie, and he spent close to a half hour giving us a tour of the property and explaining the policies and amenities. After which he stayed to answer all of our questions regarding the surrounding area, being it was our first overnight stay in Cape May. From the common areas to the room, to the food, everything was first class. We plan to go back as soon as we can.


Family Activities in Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May Harbor has long played an important role for the people and wildlife of the Nation’s Oldest Seashore Resort. This area–a favorite of birdwatchers and beachgoers alike–is under protection by the New Jersey Audubon Society. You can take part in their efforts or simply learn more about our city’s special habitat at the Nature Center of Cape May, which is located just a short drive from our Cape May inn.

Inside and out, the Nature Center offers many activities for visitors to experience. Many of these, including the themed gardens, aquarium and upstairs lounge, are available to visitors completely free of charge. Bring your binoculars: the center’s second and third-floor tower and observation deck are also open to the public. Children’s hands-on activities ensure they’ll have a fun time here, too. Be sure to check out the art exhibits at the Trucksess Welcome Center on your way out!

Check the calendar for other upcoming events that may be taking place during your visit, such as cruises through the harbor for whale and dolphin watching, gardening workshops, and guided tours of the harbor. The Center also presents Harbor Fest each year, featuring art, beer, seafood, live music and more–a perfect way to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of this natural resource to Cape May.

Whether you visit for birding, a walk along the harbor or an educational afternoon, outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds will find plenty to love at Cape May’s Nature Center.

This is our new “clubhouse” in Cape May.

Archie and his staff do everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The breakfasts are absolutely fabulous (decadent French toast, pineapple crumble, Cape May Eggs … just leave your calorie counter at home!) and tea in the afternoon (a fresh baked good, a savory snack, and tea and wine) is always a welcome break in the day. Rooms are pretty without being fussy and the location is great.


(609) 884-4158

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