Vacationers and locals alike fl ock to Cape May’s enduring The Lobster House (906 Schellengers Landing Road, 609-884-8296), a nauticalthemed eatery set right on the harbor. Raw seafood rules come summer, but heartier dishes like the snapper soup and classic surf and turf—dubbed Port & Starboard here—are worthy alternatives.
Hall of Fame
There’s plenty to love about Congress Hall (251 Beach Ave., 609-884-8421) in the summertime: yoga on the front lawn, food delivery service from the Hall’s Blue Pig Tavern straight to your beach chair, live bands in the lounge and oceaninspired treatments at the Sea Spa. And the breezy, beachinspired décor is so perfect it would make Martha Stewart proud.
It’s not exactly a secret that the 80-acre Cape May County Park & Zoo (707 Rt. 9 N., 609-884-8181) has been around since 1978, but some longtime visitors seem to forget about this charming destination. Rocky, an Amur tiger, calls this Jersey Shore menagerie home, as do giraffes, zebras and, interestingly, fl amingoes from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Bonus: Admission is free year-round.