Water Play

The 13 best ways to enjoy the water in these five favorite shore towns.

Cape May Whale Watcher

Atlantic City

Looking for a unique scuba adventure at the Shore? Twrecks Charters will take you on a dive to explore wrecks situated just offshore from Atlantic City.

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$100/person. Historic Gardner’s Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Boat Slip No. 6, Atlantic City, (609) 661-3966.

Start or end your day at the beach with Atlantic City Cruises’ Cruisn’ 1. Take a morning skyline trip with narration about the history of AC and its storied boardwalk ($18), or enjoy libations on a cocktail sail ($35 with open bar).

Historic Gardner’s Basin, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City, (609) 347-7600.   

Cape May 

You’re guaranteed to spot some dolphins and/or whales when you sail with Cape May Whale Watcher ($30-$40)—or you can ride again for free. Take a Sunset Lighthouse Tour with narrated history, a wine or beer tasting, and hors d’oeuvres.

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$55 with wine/beer, $35 without. 1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May, (609) 884-5445.

Embark on a jet-boat adventure with East Coast Water Sports, and be ready to get wet—real wet—on a rollercoaster-like ride complete with deep dips and 360-degree spins ($40). Or stay dry as you parasail 500 feet above the ocean ($70). (If you want to get wet, you can request a swim.) 

Utsch’s Marina, 1121 Route 109, Cape May, (609) 898-8359. 

Bask in the beautiful colors of a seashore sunset on a guided tour with Cape May Kayaks ($20). Or rent one and go off on your own ($35). You can also rent a stand-up paddleboard ($20) or take a guided SUP tour ($35).

1212 Wilson Drive, Cape May, (609) 884-0997.

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You’ll be up on your feet in no time when you take a surfing lesson from Steger Beach Service ($70). Stand-up paddleboarding lessons are also available ($50).

Twelve locations, (609) 675-4978. 

Troll for striped bass, fluke, flounder and more on a half-day charter with the Cape May Lady.

$45. 1231 Route 109, Cape May, (609) 780-7900.

Settle back and relax, or scout the waters for swimming and flying wildlife, as the Cape May-Lewes Ferry travels the 17 miles across the Delaware Bay to Lewes, Del.

$37-$45 one-way for car and driver, return trip $33-$45; $10 for foot passengers, return trip $8; bikes free. 1200 Lincoln Blvd., Cape May, (800) 643-3779.

Ocean City

First-timers—even kids—can enjoy waterskiing, wakeboarding and tubing with Totally Tubular Watersports. Lessons are part of the deal. 

$180/hour, up to six per boat. 314 Bay Ave., Ocean City, (609) 398-9000.

Aqua Park at Island Water Sports

Stone Harbor

Start having fun before you even hit the water by leaping from a trampoline or a blob launch pad, or by diving from a cliff, at the Aqua Park at Island Water Sports ($35 for 45 minutes). Or shoot 20 feet into the air on a fly board propelled by a stream of water from a Jet Ski ($75 for 15 minutes).

9633 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, (609) 368-6114.

Wildwood Crest

Rent a skiff ($120 for the first hour) or other fishing boat ($75/three hours) from Lakeview Docks. You can also take a gentle glide on the water with a swan paddleboat that seats up to four people ($40/hour).

7118 Park Blvd., Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest, (609) 522-0471. 

See nesting ospreys, heron and laughing gulls in the Cape May Coastal Wetlands Wildlife Management Area while aboard a pontoon boat with Salt Marsh Safari.

Call for pricing. Ocean Drive between the bridge and Fish Dock Road, Wildwood Crest, (609) 884-3100.

Up to three riders can slice through the water at speeds of 55-plus mph on a rental from Wildwood Waverunners. Every excursion is accompanied by a personal guide.

$80. 1001 Ocean Drive, Wildwood Crest, (609) 523-1427.

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