5 Things to Do in Cape May When It’s Raining

Cape May beach in the rain

Even a rainy day in Cape May presents a golden opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled activity indoors with family and friends. 

At ICONA Resorts, our boutique hotel in Cape May blends coziness with modern, upscale comfort. We want you to make the most of your Cape May experience, both indoors and out. 

As part of our efforts, we're sharing our list of five of the top things to do in Cape May on a rainy day.  

1. Climb to the Top of a Historic Lighthouse

Based in Cape May Point State Park, the Cape May Lighthouse is an awe-inspiring landmark with a rich history. 

The lighthouse was first lit in 1859 and opened to the public in 1988. It's also listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

To date, more than 2.5 million people have climbed the 199 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse. Once you're here, you'll be able to enjoy a majestic view of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the nature trails of Cape May Point State Park, and Cape May Point Borough.

"Me and my wife visited the Lighthouse during our Honeymoon while we were in Cape May. It was a great experience. There were a number of stops climbing the stairs of the lighthouse where you could rest and take in the view. You can get a great view of Cape May once you reach the top. I would definitely recommend giving this place a visit if you are in the area." –Dominic via Google Reviews

2. Discover Locally Handmade Pottery

Check out masterfully crafted pottery — or make your very own masterpiece — at The Madd Potters' Studio.

The studio opened its gallery space at the Cape May Airport Complex in the summer of 2019. Today, it continues to operate at this location and offers a pottery studio and Auburn Road wine tasting room. 

Madd Potters showcases and sells a wide range of pieces from local potters.

It also hosts pottery workshops, private events, and classes for kids and adults.

"The staff was super knowledgeable and incredibly helpful as we browsed. They have beautiful and functional pieces from many artisans. Looking forward to taking a pottery class next time we're in town!" –E Smith via Google Reviews 

3. Enjoy a Cape May Tradition

Don't feel like cooking on a rainy day? Treat yourself to a delicious meal at The Mad Batter Restaurant & Bar.

Located on Jackson Street, this Cape May restaurant has been "family owned and argued over" since 1976. It's open year-round and serves up everything from three-egg omelets to filet mignon. 

In addition to providing an extensive food and drink menu, the Mad Batter offers live music daily and an open mic every Sunday night. 

The Mad Batter also rotates artwork monthly in its gallery room, dining room, and garden terrace. 

"One of my favorite restaurants in Cape May. Had a recent opportunity to visit and brought my daughter and friend along to have a lunch at the Mad Batter. Everyone enjoyed their meal and loved sitting out on the screened porch. The restaurant is located on a quaint side street. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff was very friendly and efficient." –K Surace via Google Reviews

4. Learn About an American Hero

Sometimes referred to as a "small museum with a big story," the Harriet Tubman Museum on Lafayette Street honors the legacy of American abolitionist and social activist Harriet Tubman, who lived in Cape May in the early 1850s and helped guide enslaved people to freedom. 

The museum was once a 19th-century parish house associated with the nearby Macedonia Baptist Church. It features displays highlighting Tubman's life and Cape May's abolitionist movement.

Guided and self-guided museum tours are available. We recommend making a reservation since the museum's capacity is limited. 

"WoW! What a great experience. It is like putting together a piece of history, through a wonderful Story guide! I would highly recommend this for school age children and adults of any education level. This is a must see, if you want to walk through a piece of history and learn some interesting facts of Cape May, N. J. . Well worth the wait