There are some families who love road trips, but my family loves anything that can cut down on our driving time. When planning our last-minute trip to Ocean City, MD this summer the selling point for my husband was that we would get to ride the ferry. Because taking the Ferry means less time in the car and more time having fun and less time stuck in our car with whiny, cranky kids asking “are we there yet”.
The Cape May Lewes Ferry takes you on an approx 80 minute Ferry ride across the Delaware River. While at the terminal and on board there are plenty of activities to keep families entertained.
Why Your Next Trip Should Include the Cape May Lewes Ferry
Free Mini Golf at the Terminal
Both the Cape May and Lewes Ferry Terminals have free mini golf for families. Located right outside the dining area families can enjoy mini golf as they watch the ferry come in.
Each terminal has a playground that kids will love. We arrived at the Lewes terminal early on our way home and my son was ready to get out of the car and check out the playground. We loved this pirate ship themed playground and the chance to catch the ferry pulling into the harbor from the top.
Each Ferry Terminal had a small arcade, something my son was thrilled to find after playing outside in the 90-degree weather, a little break in the air-conditioned arcade was just what he needed. I loved that he discovered one of my favorite old school games Galaga.
Dining on the Water
At each terminal families can dine at On the Rocks which offers a large menu and a great view of the Delaware Bay. On board the ferry there is a food court with grab and go items that will satisfy even picky kids. My son had an ice cream sandwich at 10 am (hey, it’s vacation) and my daughter had Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
It was sunny and gorgeous both days that we sailed on the ferry. We loved going to the top deck to check out the views and watching the birds follow from the back of the boat. My son really loved going down to the deck with the cars and checking out the view. On our way home my husband even spotted some Dolphins.
When we arrived back at the terminal on our way home from Ocean City, MD we realized that my son didn’t get a souvenir from our trip, mostly because my toddler took his stuffed animal that he won on the boardwalk. Since he had begrudgingly let his sister have the stuffed animal we promised he could get another souvenir. Luckily the shop in the terminal had a great selection of ferry and nautical themed items. My son picked out a shark in a Cape May Lewes Ferry hoodie and my daughter couldn’t choose between a mermaid and a book so she got both. There is also a shop on board the ferry that has a smaller selection of gifts.
We loved taking a break from driving and enjoying a calm ride across the Delaware River on the Cape May Lewes Ferry. My kids loved the free coloring books that we found near the travel brochures and I loved getting a mimosa and watching the birds following the ferry on our way back to Cape May.
To learn more about the Cape May Lewes Ferry, visit their website.
This post is a partnership with the Cape May Lewes Ferry, all thoughts and opinions are my own.