Two Ways to Turn Back Time! Cape May-Lewes Ferry partners with two historical landmarks in South Jersey
Cape May, NJ- Get ready to put your Hands on History this summer at the Jersey Shore! Take your own vehicle on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry from now until the end of August for a self-guided tour to visit Historic Cold Spring Village & Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum in Cape May County. You may visit just one or both – you are your own tour guide!
If you have ever wanted to know what it was like to live in the “olden days”, or if it is your dream to sit in the cockpit of a fighter plane, then this is the adventure for you! Make sure to bring your camera because this is an experience you are going to want to remember.
Watch history come to life at the Historic Cold Springs Village as day-to-day activities from the “age of homespun” (1798-1840) come to life! Visitors are able to make a personal connection between the past and present through interactive, educational, and hands-on family programs. Take a stroll through shaded lanes, enjoy the gardens and observe the farm where heritage crops are grown; visit twenty-six restored buildings and talk with interpreters in period- garb who educate and entertain visitors about the lifestyles, issues, trades and crafts of yesteryear. Children enjoy taking part in activities such as trying on costumes, and participating in hands-on crafts and games.
You may also visit Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, a non-profit museum located at the Cape May Airport inside historic Hangar #1. NAS Wildwood served as an active dive-bomber squadron training facility during World War II. Today, Hangar #1 has been restored and transformed into an Aviation Museum that allows the public to see aircraft, engines, and special exhibits, and to experience interactive displays.
“We are excited to offer this package to passengers again this year” says Mike Porch, Marketing Manager for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. “Cold Springs Village and the Aviation Museum are both great historical landmarks in Cape May and this package offers people an easy way to get a handful of history from the other side of the Bay.”
"We hope to expand on the popularity of this package deal. The Aviation Museum is only minutes from the ferry and we offer a truly unique, hands-on museum experience which is fun for the entire family" said Executive Director Bruce A. Fournier.
Now through August 31, this package is available from Tuesday through Friday every week. Ferries depart Lewes at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:15 a.m.. Passengers can return from Cape May on any available departure. Typically the last return from Cape May is at 6 p.m. Reservations are required.
The cost is $57.50 for vehicle/driver, $21.50 ages 13 and older, $17.50 ages 3 to 12, and FREE for children 2 and under. This package includes round-trip ferry passage, admission into Cold Springs Village and Aviation Museum, a regular size ice cream cone at the Village Ice Cream Parlor, and 10% off Country Store items (excluding hand-made artisan wares). Guests visiting the Aviation Museum will receive a free mug and 10% off gift shop items.
To make your reservation, call our Guest Services Center at 800-643-3779 and ask for the “Hands on History” package.
About the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than forty million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2012, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers.