Ferry in the bay at sunset

55 Reasons To Experience The Cape May-Lewes Ferry

55 Years of Sailing & 55 Reasons The Cape May-Lewes Ferry Continues to Be a Fan Favorite

It’s hard to believe, but after 55 years of sailing (the Ferry started operations in 1964), there are still so many new sights and experiences to discover on a Ferry trip!  Many things have changed over the past 55 years -- modernized terminals, automated SkyWalks and  Outdoor Eateries among them. But, the basics have stayed the same -- a relaxing, fun travel experience that almost automatically makes it into family vacation scrapbooks. 

Virtually every kind of travel enthusiast will find something they admire on a Ferry trip. Here is a list of just some of the fantastic reasons to take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on your next adventure. Check out our Pinterest Board to see all 55 for yourself:

  • Dolphin sightings along the journey

  • Sunsets over the Delaware Bay

  • Relaxation on the outside deck chairs

  • Activities for the kids such as mini golf at the Terminal

  • Sipping cocktails at the Lido Bar

  • Birdwatching on the water

  • Experiencing one of the most scenic Ferry rides in the U.S.

Although ferries operate throughout the U.S., they are not as common a travel experience as in Europe. Check out this list of 13 reasons, one UK blogger loves ferry travel. The fact that her luggage can weigh any amount, and she can take as many bags as she wants in her car are two of our favorites; that and the fact that if you take your car onboard you never have to rent a car when you get where you're going!

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there are approximatley 220 ferry operators in the U.S. working out of 37 states. Washington State and Alaska rank among the best known along with New York's Staten Island Ferry. New York and California have the largest reported fleets, but are generally passenger only commuter lines. The Cape May-Lewes ferry is unique not only because it connects New Jersey and Delaware, but also because it is among the 42 percent that carry vehicles of all sizes in addition to passengers. 

What 's your special reason for taking the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, or any ferry for that matter?  Let us know by sharing your favorite experiences using the hashtag #CMLFerry55!