5 Top Cape May Family Vacation Rentals
Posted by Long & Foster | Thursday, August 6, 2020

Visit New Jersey’s Historic Oceanfront Town

Cape May, New Jersey’s historic seaside town, is one of the best family destinations on the Atlantic Coast. Located at the southern tip of the Cape May Peninsula, Cape May is famous for its classic Victorian buildings and sweeping beaches. While vacationing in Cape May with your family, you can enjoy morning walks around town, fun bike rides along Beach ave, and day trips to Cape May Point State Park.

Take a Family Vacation in Cape May

When visiting Cape May, there’s nothing better than having your own vacation home, where everyone can hang out together. Our Cape May family vacation rentals have open porches and plenty of space to spread out. And because it's Cape May the beach is always close by. To help you plan the perfect getaway at New Jersey’s southern tip, let’s take a closer look at a few of the best family vacation rentals in Cape May. We invite you to discover large family-friendly vacation homes with wrap around porches, ocean views, and plenty of space. Stay in historic Cape May Victorian homes at the southern tip of New Jersey with your family. 

Cape May’s Top 5 Family Vacation Homes

1. Franny's Folly - 207 Congress St

Positioned one block from the beach, Franny’s Folly is a classic Cape May Victorian cottage with a large garden, high ceilings, and a large front porch that overlooks the ocean. With seven bedrooms including 2 master suites and large kitchens and living rooms, this historic home gives your family the keys to Victorian Cape May.

Book Franny’s Folly

2. 609 Columbia Ave

Discover the ultimate family vacation home on Cape May. Boasting both a great location and plenty of historic charm, this classic home with a large wrap around porch can accommodate up to 25 people. You and your family can take in the scene from your front porch or easily stroll to the beach or downtown.

Book 609 Columbia Ave

3. 10 Jackson St

This six-bedroom house has everything you need for the perfect family vacation on Cape May. Located just steps away from both the beach and downtown, guests enjoy views of the water and a private swimming pool. You can spend long afternoons relaxing on rocking chairs that overlook the ocean. This is truly a great place to experience the beauty of Cape May.

Book 10 Jackson St

4. 514 Hughes St

Enjoy a classic home in the heart of historic Cape May. This three-story, seven-bedroom home can sleep up to 16 people. The wonderful front porch is the perfect place to relax in the shade with your whole family. Because of the great location, the beach and downtown are just a short walk away.

Book 514 Hughes St 

5. 1607 Beach Ave

Built steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, this three-story Cape May beachfront home with open porches is the perfect place to relax with your family. With eight bedrooms and large living areas, there’s plenty of space to spread out. Guests love the outdoor dining table with views of the ocean. Instant access to the beach makes this a great location for watching sunrises.

Book 1607 Beach Ave

See You in Cape May

Thanks for checking out some Cape May’s top family vacation rentals. We love sharing the special energy of this historic New Jersey town with our guests. This list is just the beginning. We look forward to hosting your family in Cape May.
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A Guide to Dog-Friendly Vacations to Fenwick Island
Posted by Long & Foster | Monday, July 27, 2020

Traveling with pets can make your family vacation even more special, and there are many dog-friendly destinations along Delaware’s Coast. Fenwick Island is a sanctuary for dogs and dog-owners alike. From pet-friendly restaurants to beaches to our pet-friendly rentals, Fenwick Island is a great place to bring the whole family along. If you are bringing Fido on your next vacation, here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re traveling here.

dog on beach

Fenwick Island State Park

Fenwick Island State Park is a nearly 350-acre park along the Atlantic Ocean offering pristine shorelines, hiking trails, picnic areas, and more. While dogs are restricted from its beaches during the peak season between May 1 - September 30, the majority of the park is open for exploring.

Dogs are to be leashed except when in off-leash areas or if you have the appropriate hunting permits. Keep in mind when you are walking with your dog that there is protected habitat and shorebird nesting areas.

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Fenwick Island

dog at restaurant

Fenwick Island is near many dog-friendly restaurants. Captain Mac’s Fish House & Seafood Market is one of our favorites. Located just inland in Selbyville, this casual seafood eatery features beautiful views of the marshland waters of Delaware and locally caught, fresh seafood. Lizzie’s Cafe & Bistro is another great spot known for its brunch cuisine, located just over the state border in Maryland.

Tailchasers, Cafe Mirage, Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill, and Nori Sushi Bar & Grill are also all a short drive away and feature dog-friendly spaces.

Fenwick Island Dog Resources

dog at vet

If you need to buy anything for your dog while you’re here, the Fenwick Pet Stop is a local store at the corner of Farmington and Coastal Highway. You’ll find premium pet food, toys, and other supplies if you need them.

Coastal Veterinary is a local clinic located inland in Selbyville, about 15 minutes away from Fenwick Island. In addition to veterinary services, Coastal Veterinary offers grooming and bathing. Coastal Veterinary is closed on the weekends.

Browse Our Fenwick Island Pet Friendly Rentals

Bring your four-legged friend to our pet friendly rentals on Fenwick Island. Our pet-friendly homes offer space and comfort for everyone in the family. Stay in a beachfront home or a quiet and cozy cottage near restaurants and entertainment. Not set on a destination yet? We also have pet-friendly rentals in Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Rehoboth.

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6 Best Places to go in New Jersey
Posted by Long & Foster | Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Did you know that New Jersey’s nickname is The Garden State? This vacation destination is home to 35+ state parks and over 100 miles of diverse coastline. Between the boardwalks, restaurants, beaches and attractions there is something to please every taste. There is so much to do and see in New Jersey the hardest part is truly deciding where to go! We’ve put together our six favorite vacation destinations in New Jersey to make your planning a little easier. Pick your favorite, or take a road trip and visit all six – they are ordered by location so that you can start in Longport and drive out to Cape May, stopping at every place in between.  

Our 6 Favorite Vacation Destinations in New Jersey 

Longport Vicinity, NJ

Longport, NJ

Longport offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of busy beach towns. Drive down to the southernmost point of Longport to check out The Longport Point, which offers stunning views of the ocean meeting the bay. If you have your pet with you then stop by the Longport Dog Beach, where you favorite furry friend can enjoy some off-leash beach time.  

If you’re visiting the Longport Vicinity you also need to check out Lucy the Elephant. This marvel is the oldest surviving roadside tourist attraction in America with a hilarious history! Lucy the Elephant is a 65’-tall elephant structure made of wood and tin, built way back in 1881. The U.S. Patent Office actually granted the builder a patent giving him the exclusive right to make, use or sell animal-shaped buildings for 17 years – who would have thought? 

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Ocean City, NJ 

Ocean City, NJ

The next stop on our list is Ocean City, New Jersey. With over 8 miles of sand and surf on the ocean side and water activities on the bay side, Ocean City, NJ is a beach-lover's paradise. Take a fishing charter, rent some Stand Up Paddle boards, or just soak in the sun on the beach. Corson’s Inlet State Park is a great place to hike, bike, fish and horseback ride. Ocean City's 2.5 mile boardwalk is famous and offers a huge selection of attractions, dining options and great views. It’s a great place to pick up a new bikini or a souvenir. Families with kids will love Playland’s Castaway Cove offers roller coasters and themed mini golf.  

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Sea Isle City, NJ 

Sea Isle City, NJ

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Ocean City is Sea Isle City, New Jersey. Sea Isle City also has a boardwalk, but with a more relaxed feel. There are cute shops, great views, and plenty of places to sit and relax along this 1.5 mile boardwalk. You’ll hear many people refer to Sea Isle’s boardwalk as the Promenade. There is a public beach and kids can enjoy the local skatepark. Townsends Inlet Waterfront Park is also a must in Sea Isle City. There is great fishing and surfing at Townsends, and the sunsets are spectacular.  

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Avalon & Stone Harbor, NJ 

Stone Harbor, NJ

Continue on from Sea Isle City and cross the Ocean Drive Bridge to the Avalon and Stone Harbor area. Avalon and Stone Harbor make up the Seven Mile Beach that’s packed with adventure. Enjoy a game of tennis, visit one of the 9 parks and playgrounds, or stroll through town on a bike. Shopping at 96th Street or along Dune Drive is a must while you’re in this area, and there are no shortage of great restaurants mixed among the retail shops. Walk the Avalon Dunes Beach Trail or spend some time bird watching at the Avalon Seawatch! The Wetlands Institute is also a great educational opportunity for the whole family.  

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Wildwood, NJ 

Bridge over a swamp in Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, New Jersey is home to wide, sandy beaches, a renowned boardwalk and so much more. Since the beaches are so wide, this is one of the best places to soak up the sun and enjoy a little more elbow room for your family. The boardwalk offers arcades, roller coasters, shops, eateries and more. Plus, there’s a tram you can take along the boardwalk if you get tired of walking. Three large piers jut out from Wildwood’s boardwalk, offering even more to do. Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks is a must for the kiddos, who will love the 6-block amusement park with 100+ rides and attractions.  

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Cape May, NJ 

Victorian homes in Cape May, NJ

The last stop on our list is the top of southern New Jersey’s Cape May Peninsula – Cape May, New Jersey. This charming seaside town is home to grand Victorian houses, museums, shops and more. Visit the Cape May Lighthouse and climb to the top for excellent views, or tour the Emlen Physick Estate, New Jersey’s only Victorian house museum. Cape May is home to many excellent wineries, which is the perfect way to unwind after a day at the beach. Looking to connect with wildlife of your trip? Visit the Jersey Shore Alpacas farm or join a dolphin watching tour.  

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Plan Your New Jersey Vacation 

We hope you enjoyed our guide to the ultimate New Jersey vacation. Get the most of your vacation to New Jersey with Long & Foster Vacation Rentals. We offer a great selection of vacation homes throughout New Jersey’s most popular destinations.  

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Top 5 Family Fun Activities in Delaware
Posted by Long & Foster | Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Beaches, parks, wildlife and so much more – Delaware is the perfect place to take the family for a vacation this year. Whether you’re parents, grandparents, uncles or aunts, we hope this guide to family fun activities in Delaware will help you build memories that will last a lifetime. 

Five Family-Friendly Ideas for Delaware Vacations 

#1 – Cape Henlopen State Park & Ice Cream in Lewes 

Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes

Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware offers the perfect variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained. There are hiking and biking trails (free bikes are available at the nature center) for those who want to get their feet moving, and water-lovers can try their hand at swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, paddle-boarding and even wind surfing! You can hang out on the beach and tan or try your hand at disc golf. Cape Henlopen State Park also offers educational opportunities at the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area and the Seaside Nature Center. After a long day of fun in the sun you’ll surely want a nice cool treat! Hopkins Farm Creamery in Lewes offers farm made ice cream, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and more. The awesome thing about Hopkins Farm Creamery is that you can see the cows around back – what a cool experience for the kiddos.

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#2 – Gordons Pond Trail in Rehoboth 

Gordon's Pond Trail in Rehoboth

Restaurants, attractions and museums are all great family activities, but there’s nothing like some good old exercise and exploration to create long lasting memories. Gordons Pond Trail in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware offers an absolutely beautiful setting for a family bike ride or walk. You’ll adventure past the pond, into a forest, through wetlands and over dunes with views of the Atlantic on this adventure. You’ll likely see some beautiful wildflowers, osprey nests and maybe even a bald eagle! Gordons Pond is actually part of Cape Henlopen State Park, so you could try out all the adventures mentioned so far if you’re feeling ambitious!  

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#3 – Amusements & Candy in Fenwick 

Waterpark in Fenwick Island, DE

Sometimes the kiddos need a good old candy-fueled day complete with go-karts, mini-golf and water park rides. This is the perfect opportunity to stop by Viking Golf and Go-Karts and Thunder River Lagoon Waterpark in Fenwick Island, Delaware. This mecca for outdoor fun is sure to leave your little ones ready for bed after a long day of running around. To make it an extra special day, stop by the Candy Kitchen to enjoy The Wonderful World of Candy! Parents and kids alike will enjoy their taffy, fudge, chocolate, pretzels, truffles, gummies and more. 

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#4 – Sunsets at Sunset Park in Dewey Beach 

Beautiful sunset in sunset park

Is it any surprise that Sunset Park in Dewey Beach, Delaware is a great place to watch the sunset? Bring a blanket and some treats and cozy up while you catch the colors lighting up the sky. There are benches and a cute little gazebo. Sunset park is also a great place for watersports like kayaking. Get there early to start the day with some watersports, bring a picnic for dinner, and end the day with a beautiful sunset. 

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#5 – Indian River Inlet Bridge in Bethany Beach 

Indian River Inlet Bridge in Bethany Beach

Indian River Inlet Bridge in Bethany Beach, Delaware is a beautiful spot to stop at. There are osprey nests on the bayside on both sides of the bridge, and dogs are allowed on the north side of the inlet. Beautiful blue lights sparkle on the bridge at night. Start out your day enjoying the beach and boardwalk at Bethany, and then head over to the Inlet towards dusk to try and spot the osprey nests and check out the bridge at night. Or, if you want to get an early start, head over the Indian River Inlet Bridge in the daytime and enjoy the Delaware Seashore State Park

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Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Maryland
Posted by Long & Foster | Friday, June 12, 2020

Maryland is lucky to have four seasons with warm summers and crisp, clear falls. It’s the perfect vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. While there are seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor adventures in this great state, here are our top five picks. 

Our 5 Favorite Outdoor Activities in Maryland 

#1 – Everything Water Related 

Kayak floating in a bay in Maryland

Beach life and watersports are a huge part of Maryland’s outdoor culture, so it’s no wonder why anything that has to do with the water is number one on our list. You can bring your own boat or sign up for an excursion with a local company. Enjoy fishing charters, sailing lessons, wildlife cruises and more. Take a guided kayak tour, rent a stand up paddleboard (SUP), go on a snorkeling adventure or just lay on the beach and take a quick dip in the water whenever you need to cool off. 

#2 – Parks 

Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD

Did you know that National Geographic called the state of Maryland “America in Miniature”? Maryland is an extremely diverse state with mountains, bays, marshlands and more. There are over 60 state parks throughout Maryland, and plenty more city parks. One of our favorites is Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, which overlooks the Chesapeake Bay. Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis is another popular choice with walking trails, duck boxes, an arboretum, a dog friendly beach and more! 

#3 – Biking 

Bike riding through a beautiful tree lined path in Maryland

If you’re looking for something a little more active, biking is the perfect pastime. You’ll get to explore some beautiful sights, get your exercise in, and cool down a bit as you cycle along. Maryland offers a great selection of bike trails throughout the state. There is a 9.4 mile out and back trail along the Assateague National Seashore, which is the perfect option if you’re exploring Ocean City. If you’re in Annapolis, check out the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail (also called the B&A Trail), which is a 13 mile paved trail which starts in Annapolis. 

#4 – Wildlife Viewing at Assateague Island 

Wild ponies on Assateague Island

Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island, and an absolute must-see on your trip to Ocean City, MD! This natural wonder offers pristine beaches, the Assateague Lighthouse, bays, marshes, coves and more. Assateague Island is home to a great diversity of wildlife. You’re sure to see wild ponies, large populations of birds (like the Snowy Egret and the Great Blue Heron), deer and more. Kayaking tours are one of the most popular ways to tour this island and catch a glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back you can join a charter which will chauffeur you around the island.  

#5 – Golfing 

Golf course in Maryland

There are no shortage of golf courses in this beautiful state. Annapolis alone has three golf courses, and another 25 courses within 20 miles of Annapolis. Ocean City offers 17 championship courses designed by golf legends, most notably Eagle’s Landing which overlooks the Assateague National Seashore. 

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Viewing Constellations from Virginia to New Jersey
Posted by Long & Foster | Wednesday, May 13, 2020

It's easy to overlook the night sky when we're lucky enough to have beautiful beaches all along the east coast. While hitting the beach and soaking up the sun are definitely on our list of favorite activities, so is star gazing. Did you know that there are 88 officially recognized constellations in the expansive sky above us?

Star gazing at the night sky with a telescope

The naming of constellations is an ancient practice, and Greek mythology offers interesting stories to accompany many of the constellations we know and look for today. Constellation searching is the perfect romantic activity to try with your loved one, and a great educational opportunity for the kiddos. Here are some of our favorite constellations to look for while you're in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

Constellations to Look for in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland & New Jersey

#1 - Hercules

Hercules the constellation

Hercules is the 5th largest constellation in the sky, and was known to ancient Greeks as The Kneeling One. According to mythology, Hercules became immortal when he was an infant. Eventually, a king named King Eurystheus challenged Hercules to complete a series of 12 tasks known as the Labours of Hercules. It is said that Hercules needed to complete these monstrous tasks before being freed by King Eurystheus, which he did! You can spot the constellation Hercules best if you look for the four bright stars that form his torso: Pi, Eta, Zeta and Epsilon Herculis. You can see Hercules from around April to October.

#2 - Ursa Major & Ursa Minor

The constellation Ursa Major and Minor

This popular duo is often referred to as The Big Dipper and The Little Dipper. According to the myth, a beautiful woman named Callisto was transformed into a bear by Jupiter's (the king of the gods) jealous wife. Ursa Minor is said to be Callisto's son, who was transformed into a dog and placed in the sky by Zeus. These two constellations are among some of the easiest constellations to spot, because they look like cooking pans. Ursa Major is the third largest constellation in the sky, and is also known as the Great Bear. You can expect pretty good viewing of Ursa Major and Ursa Minor throughout the year as they dance around the perimeter of sight. 

#3 - Pegasus

The constellation Pegasus

Pegasus, the mighty winged horse from Greek mythology, is such a fun constellation to spot. According to myth, Pegasus had magical powers and dug out a spring to drink from with his hooves. The water was blessed so that anyone who drank from it was given the ability to write poetry! An orange, supergiant star called Epsilon Pegasi marks Pegasus's muzzle. You should be able to see Pegasus from around late-July to early January. 

#4 - Orion

The constellation Orion

This well-known constellation is visible throughout the world. According to Greek mythology, Orion was a gigantic, extremely powerful hunter. It is said Gaia, the god of the earth, was angry with Orion for saying he would hunt every animal on earth. She was so angry that she sent a scorpion after Orion, which is why the constellation Scorpio and Orion are never visible in the sky at the same time. It is easiest to spot Orion by looking for his belt, which is made of three stars, and the two stars which mark his shoulders. You should be able to see Orion from around November through April.

#5 - Leo

The constellation Leo

Leo, a popular zodiac constellation, is said to be the lion that Hercules laid to rest in the first of his twelve labors. Leo the lion was said to be cruel and indestructible to weaponry, which is why Hercules was sent to stop him. Leo is easy to spot because it contains many bright stars, and almost looks like a lopsided clothing hanger. You should be able to see Leo from around January to July.

#6 - Hydra

The constellation Hydra

Hydra is both the largest and the longest of the 88 constellations, and is often called The Water Snake. In one myth, a crow served the god Apollo a cup of water with Hydra the snake in it. Apollo caught the crow and was so outraged that he threw the cup and snake into the sky. While you can see parts of Hydra for about half the year, you can see the complete constellation from about April through June since it is so long. 

More Constellations

Want more constellations? This interactive sky chart is a great tool to find out what constellations you can see from your current location throughout the year. Just type in your zip code and the date and you'll be all set!

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Our Favorite Wildlife Along the East Coast
Posted by Long & Foster | Monday, April 27, 2020

One of our favorite aspects of traveling is getting to know all of the different species of wildlife that inhabit the earth. There are thousands upon thousands of truly unique creatures that call our beaches, bays and oceans home. Some of them stay year round, and others travel long distances each year. We are proud that the East Coast has many sanctuaries, state parks and wildlife reserves to keep these spectacular creates safe. Here are just some of the many lovely locations that you can enjoy wildlife viewing along the East Coast from New Jersey and Maryland down to Delaware and Virginia.

Wildlife in Delaware

Waterfowl in Bethany Beach, Delaware

Waterfowl in the water at Bethany Beach

Waterfowl are ducks, geese and other larger aquatic birds, and Bethany Beach is home to many of these wonderful creatures! The Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach offers thousands of acres of protected land, where you can see rare plants and animals on a self-guided auto tour. This is the perfect adventure (and educational opportunity) to take your family on while in the Bethany Beach area. You will see a great variety of waterfowl, not to mention other interesting wildlife such as the bald eagle and the pileated woodpecker.

Crabs in Dewey Beach, Delaware

Horseshoe crab on the beach in Dewey

Dewey Beach is home to a ton of wildlife species, including many varieties of crab! You might see a horseshoe crab or baby crabs on the beach, and you can enjoy extremely fresh crab and crab cakes at many of the local restaurants. The Dewey Beach Patrol actually holds an annual Sunset Park Environmental Educational Outreach program for kids on the bay at Dagsworthy Avenue so that they can learn all about these fun creatures - it's a must for families with kiddos if you're around in the late summer when this event takes place.

Clams at Fenwick Island, Delaware

Fenwick Island is home to Fenwick Island State Park, an excellent area for spotting clams and clamming. This 3 mile stretch of land was actually part of Delaware's coastal defense system during World War II before becoming a state park. People also enjoy swimming, birding, sailing, windsurfing and more in this area. You can see a great variety of wildlife in addition to clams here, like loons, terns, herons, and the federally protected piping plover.

Saltwater Marsh Wildlife in Lewes, Delaware

Seagull catching a fish in a saltwater marsh

Lewes is home to the Gordons Pond Wildlife area, a 900 acre coastal saltwater marsh with abundant wildlife. If you're a birder, this wildlife area is a special treat. There is a paved biking and walking trail that will give you excellent views of all the native plant species and birds. After riding or walking along the trail for a while, you'll come across an overlook with even better lagoon views. This paved excursion is perfect for people of all ages and abilities!

Birds in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach is home to the Silver Lake State Bird Refuge, a lovely little lake with a great variety of birds. The Silver Lake State Bird Refuge is close to the beach and ocean, and you can walk or bike around the lake while enjoying the wildlife. There is a long dock that leads out to a gazebo so that you can get a close up look at the birds playing in the water. There's also a bridge you can walk across to take in the sights, and many people enjoy kayaking on the lake. 

Wildlife in Maryland

Wild Ponies in Ocean City, Maryland

Wild ponies in Ocean City, MD

Immediately to the south of Ocean City is the Assateague Island Wildlife Refuge, where over 300 wild ponies roam the island! You can take a cruise or join a kayak tour where you will get to see the ponies roam (and even swim) around. There's also great bird watching at the Assateague Island Wildlife Refuge - you may see birds like the bald eagle, merlin, piping plover, oystercatcher, black skimmer and much more!

Wildlife in New Jersey

Turtles in Avalon & Stone Harbor, New Jersey

Baby turtle in Avalon, New Jersey

The Avalon & Stone Harbor area is home to the Wetlands Institute, with 6,000 acres of protected wetlands. This is an excellent place to bring the family for a day, with educational tours and courses. You can see a huge variety of birds, and even hatchling baby turtles if you come at the right time. You can enjoy the sights from an elevated marsh walkway (which is ADA accessible) or the salt marsh trail (a sandy path). 

Blue Crabs in Cape May, New Jersey

Blue crab on the beach in New Jersey

Cape May is home to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, which offers over 11,500 acres of protected wildlife habitat. The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge includes a vast assortment of wildlife, with 317 bird species, 42 mammal species, 55 reptile species and numerous others. You'll find blue crab, flounder, striped bass and more in their marshes and tidal creeks. They offer a wonderful trail that you can ride bikes on to see the wildlife. 

Birds in Longport, New Jersey

Longport is home to the Pork Island Wildlife Management Area, which is a protected waterfront park with many species of birds. Pork Island Wildlife Management Area is roughly 850 acres and offers beautiful sights. 

Bald Eagles in Sea Isle City, New Jersey

Bald Eagle soaring through the air

The Beaver Swamp Fish and Wildlife Management Area in Sea Isle City is an excellent place to try and spot a bald eagle. This vast, wooded natural habitat offers a freshwater pond that attracts many species. Frogs and dragonflies enjoy hanging out around the lily pads, butterflies are abundant in the summer, and you might even spot a wild turkey. There is also a hiking trail you can walk along to hear the songbirds all around. 

Crabs in Wildwood, New Jersey

The Two Mile Beach Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is in Wildwood. The protected beach has a whole area blocked off for birds only, and the sand is speckled with tiny crab holes. If you watch carefully, you might just spot one walking along the beach! You'll love the quiet, uncrowded atmosphere at the Two Mile Beach Wildlife Refuge.

Wildlife in Virginia

Catfish in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

Catfish jumping through the air

Flathead and channel catfish are abundant in the waters at Smith Mountain Lake. Smith Mountain Lake reservoir is over 20,600 acres, acting as one of Virginia's premier fisheries. Did you know that catfish can live to be 24 years old, and that the heaviest catfish ever caught was 123 pounds?

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