The Cape May Zoo Is What I Want To Do ~ Cape May, NJ

The Cape May Zoo

Cape May, NJ

~Top things to see in the Philadelphia Area before you die.~

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Natural wooded setting around The Cape May Zoo.

 

I have a love/ hate relationship with zoos. I love them because you get to see animals you probably would never see in your lifetime. I also admire the efforts to preserve endangered species.

I hate them because they are usually enclosed in small habitants and some animals don’t get the socialization that their breed requires. Other times the animals are neglected.

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Black bear at the zoo

However, I have to say the Cape May Zoo takes great care of their animals. The animal spaces are clean, the animals are well cared for, and they are given natural socialization.

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Albino wallaby

Which is why I believe this zoo is one of the better zoos in the country.

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Free ranging pheasant

The Cape May Zoo was created in 1978 as petting zoo of barnyard animals. Throughout the last few decades they have expanded their acreage and obtained more exotic animals. They have created expansive aviaries, obtained snow leopards (which are very rare), and developed a natural savannah area for zebras and giraffes.

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The giraffe

If there are any Michael Jackson fans out there. They received 13 pink flamingos from his Neverland ranch in 2008.

The zoo is free to the public. They survive on donations and fundraising.

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The ostrich

There is a carousel for the kids and also a nice little steam engine that tours around the park.

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The kiddie train

I came here on July 3rd this year with hardly a parking spot left. However, the overall design of the zoo is excellent. It did not seem crowded at all.

This was my second visit in my lifetime and a first for my son. We will definitely be coming back.

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More natural area near the snow leopard exhibit

It is open every day of the year except for Christmas!

Make sure you leave a donation for the zoo. I know it is free, but the donations go directly to the magnificent animals for their care.

As Tony the tiger says, “They’rrrrrrrrrrrre greeeeat!”.

He was actually talking about The Cape May Zoo.

East Point Lighthouse with Secret Beach~ Top Things to see in the Philadelphia Area before you die

East Point Lighthouse

Heislerville, NJ
On the Delaware Bay

Top things to see in the Philadelphia Area before you die.

This is the 2nd NJ “secret beach” I am profiling. It is gorgeous.

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As pretty as a postcard at East Point Lighthouse

 

The East Point Lighthouse is on 10 Lighthouse Rd., but it’s on a dirt road with no sign.

We passed it and went straight to Bay Ave. Which we were glad we did. The views are stunning.

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View of the East Point Lighthouse on Bay Ave.

There are some gorgeous bay homes nestled amongst a no outlet road. Take a nice drive down.

We couldn’t believe how quiet and serene the place was. How beautiful the view is looking out on the bay.

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Gorgeous view of bay

Another shot.

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A serene beauty

We actually walked down Bay Ave. then back to the car. I climbed up a thing of asphalt and saw this below. The gorgeous water.

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Old decking

We then got back in the car to check out the lighthouse. There are also beautiful wetlands for nature lovers to seek out the many shorebirds and wildlife.

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Picture of the wetlands across the street

Now, this is the 2nd oldest standing lighthouse in NJ today. It was built in 1849 and only open to the public for tours a handful of times a year.

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Unobstructed Bay Views

Which because of those non-opening hours. It means no crowd. And guess what? They have a gorgeous almost private beach!

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The beach at the lighthouse

The water is very clear and much calmer than the ocean.

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What a tranquil beauty

Parking is on the dirt road next to the Lighthouse take a few steps away from your car and bam!

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Delaware Bay

The calm water đŸ™‚

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Ahhh, refreshing, isn’t she?

This could be all yours. Enjoy the serenity. This was on a Saturday during the summer.

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This is fabulous everyone! Yup, a huge dork.

Tips: Bring bug spray and you may see horseshoe crabs coming to and fro the water, but that’s about it. Also, bring essentials like food and water. It’s a bit off the beaten path of where it is located.

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Serene at the bay, who knew?

As always, if you have any questions I’m here to answer!