After going to several small road trips here and there, I was simply tired of driving to a restaurant or a place and it is either closed or not open until evenings. Now that I have children, I cannot imagine buckling the children into their car seats, only to find that we had wasted a 20 min drive to reach our prospective destination and having to buckle them in again to find somewhere else to go, which would take a good amount of time as well, if I didn’t have an Itinerary. Even searching for restaurants and reading reviews on Yelp would take some time and we had already spent twenty minutes of it going somewhere that wasn’t opened. This was what inspired my detailed Itineraries.
Before kids, I was always the planner type and planned a basic Itinerary regardless. It wasn’t until we had gone on one trip with the kids without it, that I decided it would be so handy to have one. Below is the tentative itinerary I created for my daughters’ first trip with their little cousins that we did not end up following it to a tee, but it was helpful when we felt we were stuck or if we had to make a decision quickly.
Seashore Campsite Arrival and check-in at 2:00pm
Location 720 Seashore Road, Cape May, NJ 08204
Contact (877) 817-5697
(6 min drive to lunch)
HH Seafood ( live steamed lobsters and blue crabs- BYOB– fish market to take out)
Address 956 Ocean Dr, Cape May, NJ 08204-5400
Beach Plum Farm – fresh organic produce , livestocks roaming – farm to table breakfast/ lunch- scenic garden- Playspace for kids (would love to do this next time should we return to Cape May)
Location 140 Stevens St, West Cape May, NJ 08204-1070
Hours 8am-3pm weekends
Peace Pie (ice cream sandwich with layer of pie filling)
326 Carpenter Ln, Cape May, NJ 08204-1409
**Groceries for dinner BBQ? (We ended up doing this most meals to save money and it was just more laid back because we had so many kids with us–we agreed on all the families taking turns to cook and it worked out great)
Sunset Beach-no lifeguards
“Diamonds in Sand” I read that there were seaglass galore at this beach (the kids would’ve really enjoyed it if we would’ve visited)
Breakfast (and pick up cheap catering order of sandwiches for lunch)
Location 517 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204-1209
Doo Wop Diner (cool burgers and milkshakes)
Location 4010 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260-5435
Sunset Lake and Wildwood Boardwalk
Location 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260-5444
Wildwood Crest’s FREE beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
**Note Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends
Washington Street Mall for shopping and restaurants
Stewart’s Root Beer and Floats
Hot Dog Tommy (hot dogs with unique toppings and slush)
Location 319 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-1407
Lunch or Dinner
**Note Sunday (dinner all you can eat ribs $25)
**Note Beach tag required — purchased at the beach
Cape May Beach
If you must use your gps tracker, punch in 251 Beach Avenue and it should place you in front of Congress Hall.
**Note Only purchase advance tickets if you want to go on the water park.
Taken from their website:
“Splash into WILD fun at one of our beachfront water parks, Raging Waters or Ocean Oasis in the morning from park opening until 12:30pm for $33 or the afternoon from 3:30 pm to park closing for $25 every day of the week. Subject to operating hours. BUY tickets in advance for cheaper.”
Take from their website:
“If your child does not meet the minimum requirements to ride alone and has a valid wristband or ticket card, you can accompany them on the following rides with a Parent’s Limited Ride Pass. Ask for your pass at any of our ticketing windows. ”
Rides included in this program are:
Carousel, Howitzer, Jump Around, Kiddie Train, Tiny Tea Party
Airplanes, Carousel, Convoy, Pink Elephants
Oyster Bar and Restaurant
Dinner only 5-9pm
615 Lafayette St, Cape May, NJ 08204-1518
We ended up going to Lower Township. NJ to see the fireworks. Do call to get the exact address because the address we arrived at ended up being the recreation center that was hosting it and not the actual event. I highly recommend going! Live music and food vendors galore. Do bring a picnic blanket to sit in the sand while you wait to see the fireworks. We got to see yet another gorgeous sunset from this amazing trip!
Check out 11:00am
Breakfast ( we winged it and stopped by a local diner near Cape May Zoo–don’t really remember the name)
Cape May Zoo (free and it was on the way home)
Hopefully, the photos can give you a feel of many of the main stops we took on our trip.
What are some of your favorite getaways from New York City? What was the most memorable part of it? Mine was definitely the bonding both the kids and adults were able to take part in. Life gets so busy, and sometimes were need a little family getaway to appreciate the little things in life. Its as simple as sundaes, kites and sunsets.