Purchase tickets online or at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street or the Carriage House Visitors Center at the Physick Estate or

call 609-884-5404

for more information





If using GPS to drive

to the Information Booth,

enter address as

526 Washington St.

Beat the Heat

Cool ideas for hot summer days and nights!

A photo of the porch of the Physick House

HISTORY IS COOL!  And so is the air-conditioned Emlen Physick Estate. Cape May’s only Victorian house museum is a great way to beat the heat and see what life was like 130 years ago for this Cape May family.  We offer self-guided tours in addition to our guided tours, so no matter what you’ve planned for the day, you can take a tour of this COOL estate. Includes a visit to the air-conditioned Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House to see the current exhibit, “The Iconic Cape May Lighthouse.”



ICED TEA and other refreshments are a great way to cool off, and it’s only one of the things to love about lunch or afternoon tea at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom, on the grounds of the Physick Estate. Dine outdoors beneath the patio tent overlooking the cool, shady gardens or indoors in the air-conditioned horse stalls. Enjoy a traditional Tea Luncheon or heartier fare from the cafe menu, as well as an afternoon tea.


GHOSTS ARE COOL...and Cape May is one of the most haunted places you’ll ever visit. After the sun goes down, you’ll hear all about them around town, at the Physick Estate  and the Cape May Lighthouse, too.


A graphic of a thermometer showing high temperature
The Cape May Lighthouse is shown behind the dunes on the beach

COOL AT THE TOP! You may warm up as you climb the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse, but it’s worth it for the cool breezes at the top, and the view is the coolest. 


MYSTERY IS COOL.  It is when it’s a performance of Clueless at the Physick Estate. The action unfolds around you in the rooms of the air-conditioned Physick Estate and we haven’t got a clue whodunnit.... (we do, but we’re not telling!)


ANGELS ARE COOL! Visit The Angel of the Sea, with its beautiful architecture and a really cool story about its history as a “mobile” home.


PICNICS are cool and you’ll find plenty of tables on the shady grounds of the Physick Estate. Get some take-out from the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom and chill out. Take a stroll around the cool grounds and learn about the Estate on the Physick Estate Scavenger Hunt.


GET WATER COOLED...Board the Cape May Whale Watcher for a cool ride around the Cape. You’ll learn about our maritime history and see dolphins frolicking in the wake as you enjoy the cool ocean breezes.


A MAC trolley on the streets of Cape May in the evening

EVENING TROLLEYS ARE COOL. After the sun goes down, you can see the town in the cool of the evening by hopping on one of MAC’s red trolleys. There are some cool trolley tours and rides that you shouldn’t miss, from ghosts to rides along gaslit streets, and plenty more.


Visitors read interpretive panels on the boardwalk leading to the World War II Tower

COOL TOWER! The World War II Tower not only gets you out of the hot sun, but has a cool story about Cape May's role in World War II.