Most of us know Cape May, New Jersey, has beautiful beaches and stunning Victorian homes. But I'm going to let you in on a big secret known only to birders: some of the area's finest views and wonderful wildlife can be found without crowds or touristy prices.
Here are three places not to miss:
Stop in at the Cape May Bird Observatory Office/Northwood Center. For less than $40 you'll become a CMBO member and have access to The Beanery as well as bird walks and special classes.
My coveted Cape May souvenir (my first binoculars sticker).
And while you're on vacation, don't forget to stop in at the local library. For a small fee you can get a temporary library card and load up on endless borrowed beauty for the entire family.
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