Cape May County Park and Zoo

Matthew Keegan

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Vacationing at the Jersey Shore, particularly in Cape May County, affords the vacationer plenty to do. From the historic homes of Victorian Cape May, to the vibrant boardwalk and beaches of the Wildwoods, up to the pristine shore communities of Avalon and Stone Harbor, and to “America's Greatest Family Resort", Ocean City, there is no lack of activity to do on any given day. When the weather is favorable, that is! Certainly, each town offers decent wet weather alternatives, but an opportunity to visit a well run and nearby zoological park is an option countless vacationers fit into their plans while visiting the area no matter the weather. The Cape May County Park and Zoo, located near Cape May Courthouse, NJ, is a destination worth exploring.

Situated one mile north of Cape May Court House, on Route 9 at Crest Haven Road, the combined park and zoo offers plenty for visitors to see on its 200+ acre spread. The zoo itself contains almost 80 acres of expertly maintained exhibits featuring about 200 species of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds totaling nearly 550 animals. Special exhibits include: the World of Birds, featuring over 20 exotic varieties; the Amphibian and Reptile House, with iguanas, snakes, skinks, and tortoises; and the African Savana with its lemurs, giraffes, and antelopes.

Even on the hottest summer day the zoo is enjoyable thanks to ample shading and plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. Very popular is the gazebo in the African Savana exhibit - a popular place to stop and watch the giraffes.

Tired of seeing animals? The park offers a playground, a bike/hike trail, fishing ponds, picnic areas, and more. Ample concession stands are present on the property, whether you are seeking food or a special souvenier from the “Ark in the Park" gift shop.

Amazingly, there is no admission charge to the park & zoo as it is funded completely by taxes, concessions, and donations. The facility is open daily [except on Christmas] with the zoo closing at 4:45 in the summer. The rest of the park remains open for visitors until dusk.

Accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Cape May County Park and Zoo will be undergoing a facelift over the next few years to expand parking and create separate entrances for park and zoo traffic. Additional changes - all to enhance the appearance of the park - are ongoing and should please regular visitors and first timers alike.

So, when you tire of the rides on Morey's Piers or have done all the deep sea fishing that you can take, head over to Cape May Courthouse to the Cape May County Park and Zoo for an enjoyable respite from beach activities.

Matt's writings include travel, business, aviation, and human interest topics. In addition he manages two leading websites: and


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