Cape May County Parks
Cape May County Park Central
Cape May County Park Central is over 200 acres including the Zoo, with many forested areas maintained in their natural state. Within the park, you will find picnic areas, walking paths, bike paths, fishing ponds, picnic pavilions, disc golf course, playgrounds & more. Admission to the Park and Zoo is completely free as well as all parking for cars. Usage of the picnic pavilions, the wedding gazebo, and groups visiting by bus or passenger vans are required to pay a fee and make a reservation.
Park Central's Hours: 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
Winter Zoo Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Summer Zoo Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 465-5271
Cape May County Park East
Amenities within the 16 acre park include our newly resurfaced tennis courts, a picnic pavilion, restroom facility, basketball courts and a baseball/softball field. A spacious boardwalk travels over one of the many fishing ponds in the County’s Park system. All amenities except the picnic pavilion are free for personal use with a first come-first served structure. The picnic pavillion must be reserved, and has a fee for its use. Use of the amenities for any organized events must be scheduled through the Park office.
Park East's Hours: 7:00 a.m. to dusk. Free on-site parking and admission.
Crest Haven Road, West of the Garden State Parkway, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 465-5271
Park North - Richard M. Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary
Park North Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful place that appeals to both avid wildlife watchers and families. Although relatively small, the park encompasses a variety of habitats including deciduous woodlands, lakes and wetlands, crossed by easily walkable dirt and paved trails. Wildlife wanders throughout the park. You can have close encounters with a variety of critters. Egrets roost over the lakes, and Warblers and Kinglets flit through the pine trees at the water’s edge. The ease of nature viewing makes any time spent at Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary time well spent. By following the main path straight to the end, you will reach the original Cameron House, Circa 1930, now used as the Park Office and for small displays.
Winter: The lakes at the Sanctuary are home to some wintering waterfowl. Ducks are plentiful during this time of year.
Spring: The trees near the lakes provide a welcoming resting spot for migratory songbirds. Your visit may coincide with visits by Warblers, Kinglets and other migrants. Trees are blooming and leaves are forming, providing food for the animals and scenic beauty for us. Canadian Geese and their fuzzy babies are all around. Be sure to look for turtles basking along the lake edge and fish nesting.
Summer: Look for the pink, yellow and white Water Lilies on the lake. Herons, Osprey, Egrets and Eagles love our Park in the summer.
Fall: Fall is a good season to visit the Sanctuary as migrating birds are once again passing through. Showy Wood Ducks on the lake are favorites with their bright colors. The trees turn into colors of orange and gold, displaying their beautiful fall foliage, as well.
Open daily from 7:00 am to Dusk. Free on site parking and admission.1099 Shore Rd., Palermo, NJ 08223
Park South - Fishing Creek Wildlife Preserve
The Fishing Creek Wildlife Preserve is the largest of the county's three parks, consisting of more than 1,700 acres. Most of the Park is wetlands, providing habitat to diverse plant & animal life located in the Delaware Bay Estuary. The developed portion of the Park consists of approximately 10 acres, which include a soccer field, two basketball courts, barbeque grills, picnic pavilion, restroom facility and a playground. All amenities are free for personal use with a first come-first served structure for the athletic fields, courts and pavillion. Use of the amenities for organized events must be scheduled through the Park office.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll on the beach with over 700 feet of Park South bordering the Delaware Bay. Park South is a place the whole family can enjoy! Free on-site parking and admission.
Open daily, 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
130 Bayshore Road, Del Haven, NJ 08251