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Friday, July 8, 2016

Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May

Historic Cold Spring Village is located in Cape May County, New Jersey. It sits right between Wildwood and Cape May, about 10-15 minutes (car drive) from each of those two coastal cities. This historic attraction is only open during the summer tourist season, so check out their website for their hours of operation and driving directions.
On the day that we visited, there was plenty of FREE parking available in their parking lot. There is an admission fee (low cost) but some of the activities are also free. Again, check their website for additional information on that.
When visiting, you'll first want to stop in the Welcome Center located in the front of their property. Inside you'll learn some history and educational facts about the area and the coastal economy that surrounds it. This is also where you'll find their public restrooms on that side of the property.
Once you leave the Welcome Center, you'll be able to walk freely all around their grounds or you can pay to take one of their guided tours. We opted to take our own self-guided tour around their property, so that we could go along at our own pace. However, others were really raving about their guided tour, so next time around we'll try that. The photo above shows their colonial style bakery.
One of my favorite colonial style buildings to look at was the Country Store, which is shown above. I love looking at old buildings and vintage things, so this entire tour that we went on was right up my alley. I think it's great for adults and kids to step back into history to see things like this. Very educational for the entire family. Trust me, you'll learn all kinds of historic things!
My husband really loved checking out the old tavern building and I have to admit, this one was pretty awesome too! It's amazing how gorgeous these old taverns really were and how they are all lost in our modern day age. I would love to visit real-working old taverns like this and avoid a downtown night club any day. These taverns are awesome!
Another must-see building that you all have to see while visiting Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May is the old Blacksmith building. My grandchildren really loved visiting this one and they totally wanted to climb up on that wagon and go for a ride! I can't say that I blame them.
After you have taken the tour...you can grab a nice bite to eat or something cold to drink from the Cold Spring Village Restaurant which sits on the opposite side of the property...from the Welcome Center. It's a quick 5-10 minute walk (depending on crowds) to get to the restaurant side of the property.
You can visit the Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May New Jersey website to get their hours of operation, admission fees information, guided tour information and driving directions. They're website is full of all kinds of great information. This is a great activity that is family-friendly for all of you to enjoy while visiting Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Wildwood, Diamond Beach and/or Cape May in New Jersey.

1 comment:

jopb said...

I think I would really enjoy visiting the Cold Spring Village in Cape May. These historic buildings need to be preserved as part of our heritsge.