Nestled within the South Jersey Marina, the boats and charters of Cape May Lady traverse local waters under the steady hands of an experienced crew. From April to December, seafaring personnel whisk clientele away on four- to eight-hour daytime and, depending on the season and mood of the moon, nighttime voyages. During excursions, guests may see aquatic critters such as striped bass, weakfish, and drum fish. Each trek supplies guests with necessary gear, such as fishing licenses, rods, reels, bait, and tackle. In addition to fish-hunting excursions, Cape May Lady’s charters can accommodate burials at sea or private dolphin-watching trips.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) currently preserves and oversees acres of land containing Cape May's most notable Victorian-era landmarks, relying on a staff of 160 and nearly twice as many volunteers. At its inception, though, MAC existed purely as a volunteer effort. Passionate people came together with a simple mission: preserve area history. The founding members first joined forces to rescue the Emlen Physick Estate mansion?built in 1879?from demolition. Successfully fending off the bulldozers, they went so far as to restore it through volunteer man-hours alone.
Having preserved the mansion, the MAC crew decided to transform their volunteer-only organization into a staffed outfit. The new, full-time staff members did more than just run the mansion site; they set their sights, quite literally, higher. They restored the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, a towering landmark that had been closed to the public for almost 50 years. They also undertook the restoration, repair, and oversight of Fire Control Tower No. 23, the last uncompromised lookout tower erected during World War II. They now oversee all sites, maintaining over 100 of years of history, which is presented through tours, events, and chats with talkative ghosts.
With the help of Relentless Watersports' water-powered jet pack, it only takes a few seconds to go from lazily floating on the surface of the water to shooting through the sky. An instructor engages the jet pack's hand throttles, triggering its 200-horsepower engine to send streams of water coursing through a 10-meter hose, which in turn churns the water around you to launch you gracefully into the air. You can reach heights of up to 30 feet, much like a very tentative and cautious eagle.
This process might sound intimidating, but that's where the certified and CPR-trained instructors come in. They teach aquatic explorers the safety rules and techniques necessary to operate a JetLev jet pack, covering how to literally walk on water, hover above the water's surface, and turn on a dime.
Red Baron Air Tours' certified and licensed pilots navigate either a Biplane UPF-7 or Cessna 172 in the skies above southern New Jersey's coastline for sightseeing tours, or take to the sky for aerobatic feats in the Biplane UPF-7. Pilots give mini lessons during the flights, and most beginners can take controls or communicate telepathically with propellers after a few minutes of instruction. The Cessna 172's closed cockpit and large windows grant excellent views while the Biplane's sightseeing rides or aerobatic rides that include barrel rolls, hammerheads, and reverse cuban-eights keep passengers on the edge of their seat. Red Baron also offers flight school options for pilots of all experience levels.
Under the direction of former Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association secretary Pat Leonardo, the Ocean City Sailing Foundation keeps the flame of wind-powered water sports alive. In the Great Egg Harbor Bay, the enthusiastic team of experienced sailors leads classes for beginners, experienced boatsmen, and aspiring racers alike. The foundation prides itself on its small class sizes, with a ratio of one instructor for every four students ensuring individual interaction and enough people for a well-refereed game of doubles tennis should they become marooned with racquets.
Starfish Fishing & Cruising first set sail from Sea Isle City during the 1950s. Its first vessel was a big blue-and-white vessel called the Starfish, and though the fleet's expanded, all its boats have a classic charm. Today, veteran captains Bob Rush, Jr., and Mike Weigle invite first-time anglers and seasoned fishermen alike to join them during several different trips. The two captains lead four- and eight-hour fishing excursions, as well as dolphin-watching adventures each week. Trips are also available at night, when it's easy to find fish sleeping in their beds.