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Southern New Jersey is easily accessible by road or air to more than 25 percent of the population of the United States, an amazing statistic when you stop to think about it!

The Garden State Parkway and Routes 9 and 47 link the county with points north and west, while the Cape May Lewes Ferry provides great service across Delaware Bay, connecting the state with points south.

Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) is a viable alternative to metropolitan airports in Philadelphia or Newark and is easily reached from anywhere in Cape May County by the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway. Better parking, baggage handling and other improvements have made it convenient to fly in and out of ACY on Spirit Airlines or Comair, the Delta Connection Carrier, with daily service to cities across the country.

Three airports are located in the county in Ocean City, Woodbine and Rio Grande. The 700-acre Woodbine Municipal Airport, in the northwest corner of the county, is operated by the Woodbine Port Authority and is open to the public. The Cape May Airport, a 1000-acre general aviation airport in Rio Grande, has two runways, six taxiways and three aircraft parking ramps. The facility is operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, and traffic includes corporate aviation, recreational fliers, charter operators and small aircraft owners. The Ocean City Municipal Airport is located at 25th Street and Bay Avenue and hosts pilot supplies, a gift shop and restaurant. The Atlantic City airport is operated by South Jersey Transportation Authority, which also has oversight of the Atlantic City Expressway.

The Expressway runs through South Jersey between Philadelphia and Atlantic City and connects with the Garden State Parkway, the north-south highway that runs the length of New Jersey from Montvale at Exit 172 to Cape May at Exit 0.

The Parkway parallels the coastal communities in Southern New Jersey and is the primary route visitors headed to those community resorts use, although Route 9 through much of Cape May County is an alternative lined with historic homes, antique shops, farm stands and great scenery.

Route 47 into and out of the county links with Route 55, a two-lane divided highway that is toll free and often a popular choice for people headed to and from the Philadelphia area.

For anyone using the Cape May Lewes Ferry from points south to reach New Jersey, “getting there” really is half the fun. A 70-minute ferry ride across 17 miles of Delaware Bay links Cape May County with the Delaware side of the bay. From the ferry terminal in North Cape May it’s just a short ride to Cape May, the Wildwoods, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle City, Ocean City and Atlantic City. The ferry operates throughout the year, with daily round-trip departures from Lewes, DE and Cape May.

Within Cape May County, a series of bridges link the barrier islands. For a scenic tour of the coastal areas of the county, just follow “Flight of the Gull” signs from town to town.

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