Trail Guides
Cape May County Park and Zoo

707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 465-5271

DIRECTIONS:  Follow Shellbay Avenue out to the Garden State Parkway. Turn Right onto the Garden State Parkway, heading northbound. Continue on the Parkway to exit 11 for the Cape May Park and Zoo. Turn Left off of the Parkway onto Crest Haven Road. Go straight through the light into the Park and Zoo entrance.   Map
ACCESS AND PARKING:  The park is open daily from 9 am to dusk. The zoo is open daily from 10 am to 3:45 pm. Large parking area available on site.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  On your way to the next stop, about 4 miles North of the Zoo on the left side of Route 9, visit Leaming's Run Gardens and Colonial Farm, one of the largest annual gardens in the USA. Www.leamingsrungardens.com

A CLOSER LOOK:  If you watch the fishing pond, you may catch a glimpse of an Osprey sweeping over and suddenly plunging its feet underwater to catch a fish. If the bird is successful, can you identify the species of fish?

SITE DESCRIPTION:  The Cape May County Park and Zoo is over 200 acres with many forested areas maintained in their natural state, and walking trails winding through the forest. These trails are quite popular among hikers, bikers, joggers and wildlife watchers. Picnic areas, fishing ponds and playgrounds make the park a prime location for families to spend an afternoon. A quaint gazebo sprawls over the pond, providing a picturesque backdrop for any photo. After exploring the park, stroll through the zoo to see the wide variety of exotic and native animals.

DON'T MISS:  visiting the fishing pond in late spring to see the ducklings and goslings waddling behind their protective parents.

Winter:  The park is rather quiet and human activity is at its minimum. Canada Geese, grey squirrel, raccoon and white-tailed deer are likely to be seen.
Spring:  The park provides a nice migrant trap for warblers and other migratory species. The blooming flowers and warm spring air make the park and zoo a perfect destination for outdoor recreation.
Summer:  The Cape May County Zoo is a favorite attraction for summer visitors to the area. The park is abuzz with human activity from rollerblading to biking and jogging, and Laughing Gull are abundant. So be prepared for a friendly crowd, but a crowd nonetheless, when you stroll the grounds for wildlife.
Fall:  Migrating birds pass through as they continue their journey southward. As the season progresses, the leaves change color, and the Osprey leave for their wintering grounds.

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