“Take a Break from the Ordinary” with the Cape May- Lewes Ferry’s
2011 Summer Programs, Packages and Upcoming Events
Features Ferry Fun Things to Do in New Jersey and Delaware
(North Cape May, NJ) Looking for adventure, something different to do while vacationing in theTwin Capes resort region? The Cape May – Lewes Ferry – your ticket to fun destinations in both New Jersey and Delaware – offers a season full of excursion packages that will provide entertainment both on land and by sea! No matter which half of the Twin Capes you’re on, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is the fun, easy way to explore the other side. From antiquing in historic Cape May, South Jersey, to splashing through a water park in Delaware, if you aren’t visiting both Capes, you’re missing half the fun.
The ferry is perfect for walk-on passengers! Just park your car in our free, well-lit and security patrolled lots. Then purchase a round-trip foot passenger/shuttle combo ticket at the ticket counter or avoid the lines and purchase your tickets at our self-serve kiosks. Once you board the ferry, enjoy the beautiful, scenic 80 minute cruise across the Delaware Bay on “the best ferry ride in America.” Maybe you’ll see dolphins; you will surely see lighthouses on your voyage to either historic destination. The CMLF works with tourism partners to offer passengers value-added excursion programs. The following are program highlights for the summer season:
On the Ferry:
Rock the Boat: Passengers can enjoy free entertainment aboard select departures every Friday beginning July 8 through September 2. Boatloads of great music including “Animal House”, “Glass Onion” and “Jumper.” The ferry is the place to be on summer Friday nights in July and August. Cruises depart Cape May at 6:00 p.m. and from Lewes at 6:15 p.m. Entertainment is free with the price of ferry passage.
Marine Naturalist Program: Beginning July 7 and continuing through August 25, Stone Harbor Wetland’s Institute naturalists will be aboard the ferry every Thursday. Experience informal talks about live animals brought aboard (terrapins, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, etc.). Departs from Cape May at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. Departs from Lewes at 11:15 am and 2:45 pm. Free with the price of ferry foot passenger ticket.
Lighthouse Pete’s Family Fun Cruise: Bring the family on a fun-filled adventure with the ferry’s adorable mascot, Lighthouse Pete the Pirate. Pete will be joined by other great family entertainment including child entertainers or magician, face painting, and musical trios. Beginning July 6 through September 1, these cruises depart the Cape May terminal at 6:00 p.m. every Wednesday and the Lewes terminal at 4:15 p.m. every Thursday. Reservations are suggested. Free with the price of ferry foot passenger ticket.
The Great Holtzie: On Sunday, July 31, the Great Holtzie, an award winning stand-up comedian for kids 3-10, will be performing two 45-minute schedule shows in the DeBraak Lounge aboard the MV Twin Capes. For customers boarding in Cape May, a show will take place on the 4:30 p.m. departure while Lewes patrons will enjoy the same performance on the 6:15 p.m. sailing. The cost is $18.00 for adults, $9.00 for children 6-13 and free for children 5 years and younger. Space is limited. Reservations are required at 800 643-3779.
Vallahas Pirates: On Sunday, August 7, the Valhallas Pirates, re-enactors renowned for their authentic portrayal of the Golden Age of Piracy, will be performing two schedule shows in the DeBraak Lounge aboard the MV Twin Capes. For customers boarding in Cape May, a show will take place on the 4:30 p.m. departure while Lewes patrons will enjoy the same performance on the 6:15 p.m. sailing. The cost is $18.00 for adults, $9.00 for children 6-13 and free for children 5 years and younger. Space is limited. Reservations are required at 800 643-3779.
Roaring 20s Mystery Cruises: On Tuesday July 12 and July 19, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC) will be performing Bearcat Bootleggers. The theatrical performance will take you back to the era of prohibition. For customers boarding in Cape May, a show will take place on the 1:00 p.m. departure while Lewes patrons will enjoy the same performance on the 2:45 p.m. sailing. The cost is $20.00 per person, which includes a round-trip foot passenger ticket and a 45-minute performance by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities. Space is limited and reservations are required at 800-643-3779.
Destination New Jersey:
Heed the Call of the Wild! Take a trip to the Cape May County Park and Zoo every Tuesday and Thursday, June 21 through August 25. The package includes round-trip ferry ride, which departs from Lewes at 9:15 am and returns from Cape May at 4:30 pm; includes shuttle service to and from the zoo. You’ll get a fascinating look at 250 species of animals, birds and reptiles in a beautiful garden setting. Adults: $26; Children 6 -13: $18; Children under 6: Free. Space is limited and reservations are required at 800-643-3779.
Atlantic City Tours: Available every Wednesday and Thursday from June 16 – August 25, our Lucky 7s package includes round trip Ferry cruise and deluxe motor coach transportation to Atlantic City’s Resort Casino Hotel. Adults: $14. Space is limited, reservations are required at 800.643.3779.
Cape May Guided Trolley Tour: The “nation’s oldest seaside resort” is known for its gentle sloping beaches, cool ocean breezes and stunning Victorian architecture. Available daily, June 14-September 30, the package includes round-trip ferry ride from Lewes and shuttle service into Cape May. From there, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) guests have their choice of four different programs, including ‘Mansions by the Sea,’ ‘Welcome to Cape May,’ ‘Best of the West’ (operates Wednesedays at 2:15 p.m.) and the ‘Historic District Trolley Tour.’ Following your tour, enjoy the city’s unique pedestrian mall and promenade which offer shops and boutiques galore. Adults: $25; Children 6 - 13: $18; Children under 6: Free.
Wildwoods Boardwalk – An Authentic American Experience’: Beginning June 20 and continuing through August 25, this vehicle package, available Mondays through Thursdays, includes a round-trip ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry from Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ and back. Once in the Wildwoods, package holders can enjoy unlimited rides at Morey’s Piers’ three world-class boardwalk amusement piers from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; complimentary rides on the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk ‘Sightseer’ Tram Car; and 2 slices of cheese pizza and a medium soda from Jumbo’s Seafood Grill, located at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk. The ferry departs Lewes for Cape May at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and returns for Delaware from Cape May at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The all-inclusive price for one vehicle and driver is $69.50. The price for additional adults and children is $33.50 per person. If purchased separately, the features of this package would equal $123 per driver and $73 per person. That’s a 50% savings for a family of four making this arguably one of the best value packages at the Jersey shore. Call 800-643-3779 to reserve your space!
Ferry Fresh Farmer’s Market: Beginning Saturday, July 2, 2011 and continuing through September 3, 2011, the market will be open on the Cape May terminal green every Saturday , weather permitting, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Annie M. Events is sponsoring the series of ten “Ferry Fresh Farm Market” Saturdays. More than twenty (20) vendors have signed up to participate in the new market. It’s a great place to purchase locally grown produce and homemade items.
Historic Lewes Tour (Self-Guided): A unique destination that combines the lure of the sea with fascinating opportunities to “live” history. The package, which is available Monday through Saturday from June 13-September 17, includes round-trip ferry ride from Cape May, shuttle service into Lewes and admission into the Lewes Historical Society Complex, Cannonball House Maritime Museum and HMB DeBraak exhibit at Zwaadendael museum. Adults: $25.00; Children 6-13: $18.00; Children under 6: Free
Lewes Guided Trolley Tour: Explore the quaint streets and beautiful waterfront of Lewes every Tuesday through Thursday from June 14 through September 15. Depart Cape May at 9:30 am or 11:00 am to enjoy your 30-minute guided tour of historic Lewes. You will have a chance to meander down Pilottown Road along the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal and to see the grand Victorians of Kings Highway. Shipcarpenter Square, Front Street, Third Street, Fourth Street and Savannah Road are also included. Adults: $25.00; Children 6-13: $18.00; Children under 6: Free. Reservations are required!
Dogfish Head Brewery Tour:A very special shuttle package to the award-winning craft brewer Dogfish Head. Includes a tour of the Milton, DE 100,000 sq. ft. brewery that produces nearly 20 unique styles of beer. Available Monday August 1, 8 and 15. Package includes round-trip ferry ride, which departs from Cape May at 1 pm and returns from Lewes at 5:15 pm; includes shuttle service to and from the brewery and a Dogfish Head souvenir. Adults 21 and over only: $25. Space is limited, call for reservations at 800.643.3779.
Delaware Bay Maritime History Program:Beginning July 11 and continuing through August 29, Lewes Historical Society’s interpreters will be aboard the ferry every Monday. Experience informal talks about the maritime history of the Delaware Bay and Delaware River – the nation’s foremost historic river. Departs from Lewes at 9:15 am and 12:45 pm. Departs from Cape May at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. Free with the price of ferry foot passenger ticket.
Fort Miles Special Event “Dog Days of War”:On Saturday, August 27, visit the Fort Miles Cantonment at Cape Henlopen State Park and see World War II history come to life in this family event. Meet historical reenactors in period uniforms and watch gun drills. Package includes round-trip ferry ride, which departs from Cape May at 8:30 am and 10:15 am and returns from Lewes at 1:45 pm and 2:45 pm; includes shuttle service to and from Fort Miles. Shuttle ticket is also valid for transportation to Lewes and Tanger Outlets.Adults: $25; Children 6 - 13: $18; Children under 6: Free. Optional battery tour available for additional fee. Please check CMLF.com for details.Space is limited, call for reservations at 800.643.3779.
Shop ‘til you drop!: The Tanger Outlet Center on Route 1 offers more than 130 designer outlet shops for those rainy or sunny day shopping excursions.
In New Jersey, shuttle service connects the Cape May terminal with downtown Cape May. In Delaware, shuttle service connects the Lewes terminal with downtown Lewes, Tanger Outlets and the DART Park & Ride lot with connections to Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City, MD. The shuttle service operates seven days a week through September 30. In October, the shuttle service runs on weekends only.
Great Regional Events and Festivals on Both Sides of the Bay…
Take a break from the ordinary—with a whole range of great upcoming events. Visit www.cmlf.com/Events to find out about upcoming events including Millsboro’s Nanticoke Pow Wow, SUNFEST, Lewes’s Boast the Coast, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Tanger Outlet’s Black Friday shopping in Delaware and Harborfest, Angelsea Blues Festival, Irish Fall Festival, Civil War Weekend and the Garden State Wine Growers Association Wine Festival at the Cape May ferry terminal in New Jersey. The Ferry puts you right in the middle of it all!
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry (CMLF) is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The CMLF is open year-round and has carried more than forty million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2010, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 300,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at www.CMLF.com
, or call toll free, 800-643-3779.
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