It’s fall in South Jersey, which means the rush of tourism has quieted, leaves are changing color and the couch potato ways of winter are about to set in. One way to stop premature hibernation is to get outside while the weather is still mild and experience South Jersey walking tours.
Shore towns offer a variety of guided historic tours that take you through their rich history. Pick up the pace with Diane Stopyra and Kashi Davis in Cape May for a running tour through the resort’s Victorian center. Still not thrilling enough? Try taking a stroll through some of South Jersey’s most haunted hangouts, where some Victorian shore visitors are said to never have left.
Atlantic City Boardwalk tour
Start your morning with A1 Tours as your guide takes you back to the time of prohibition and Nucky Johnson’s reign as city boss. Just don’t let the gulls snag your saltwater taffy.
The tour spans a century along the first boardwalk in the United States. The tour includes points of interest, such as the spot where Mr. Peanut held court from the 1930s to the 1970s and the site of the former Traymore Hotel, described as the “Taj Mahal” in the 1920s, long before Donald Trump built a casino resort of that name. The tour also recounts some of the biggest hurricanes to hit the city and the devastation they caused, shaping the Boardwalk we see today.
If you go: Tickets are $38.95, $19.95 with a $20 Resorts Casino Hotel meal voucher. Tours run 9 a.m. daily when there are enough participants. Visit atlanticcitynj.com for more information.
Trump Gambling Heritage Walk
Take a walk through Donald Trump’s controversial career in Atlantic City in a tour fit for this year’s heated election. Jersey Shore Tours guides guests from the soon-to-close Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort to the already shuttered former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.
If you go: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday through Election Day, Nov. 8. Visit jerseyshoretours.com for tickets.
Bridgeton Historic Houses Walking Tour
Step back into pre-Revolutionary times in Bridgeton after picking up a complimentary walking tour map downtown. Potter’s Tavern has been standing since 1775. It was popular in its earliest days because of its proximity to the Cumberland County Courthouse.
If you go: For more information, visit co.cumberland.nj.us/bridgetonhouseswalkingtour
Dr. Physick’s Neighborhood Walking Tour
Get an up-close look at the Emlen Physick Estate and be transported back to 1879. The estate is just one of the Victorian buildings you will see among the bed-and-breakfasts, churches and hotels throughout downtown Cape May. These tours last about an hour.
If you go: Tickets: $10, $7. Visit capemaymac.org for updated tour times.
Cape May Running Tour
Join the RunCape team, Diane and Kashi, to experience the history of Cape May at a brisker pace. The pair promises that people of any ability can keep up and that they’ll include some of the grittier details of Cape May’s history that may not be provided elsewhere.
Runners have the choice of a Cape May City or Cape May Point tour. Try a morning tour on Saturdays and Sundays or take in the sunset Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
If you go: Visit runcape.net to search the location and dates available through October. Tickets: $25 plus tax.
Elaine’s Ghost Tours, Cape May
Head down the dark, cobblestone streets of Victorian Cape May in the evening to learn about superstitions, past residents who just don’t want to cross over to the other side and all of the chilling folklore that surrounds the city.
If you go: Ghost tours are conducted nightly in season. Visit elainescapemay.com to reserve your spot. Tickets: $10, $5.
Ghost Tour of Ocean City
This tour through the historic town center is done by candlelight. Tales of shadows on the beach and the Jersey Devil might make you look over your shoulder on this dark, 90-minute tour.
If you go: Tour groups meet at 9th Street and Asbury Avenue outside City Hall. Visit ghosttour.com for more information. Tickets: $15, $10.
Hanna Schweder (2016, October 8). Press of Atlantic County. Retrieved from http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/top_three/south-jersey-walking-running-tours-an-activity-fit-for-the/article_49e8c205-2f6b-5aef-94d4-acd1f556f551.html