Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May
(4.3/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Travel back in time to 19th-century South Jersey at Historic Cold Spring Village, where you can explore 26 historical buildings restored to working order. Staff members dressed in period clothing demonstrate everything from smithery and woodworking to pottery and open-hearth cooking. Meet the animals at the organic farm, and be sure to include a horse-drawn carriage ride in your schedule. When you get hungry, choose between the bakery, ice cream parlor, and restaurant. If you go on the weekend, check ahead of time for special events like Civil War reenactments. Using our world travel planner, Cape May attractions like Historic Cold Spring Village can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Spending the day here was like taking a trip through time. The period buildings were hosted by very knowledgeable people who made each house "come alive." The printing press showed how it used to be s...  more »
  • What a great place, went with 10 year old granddaughter, she had a blast. Loved the bakery and blacksmith. Would definitely recommend. You also need to try the new brewery, even have fresh made soda f...  more »
  • We have been to Cold Spring Village in the past and wanted to see what was changed since our last visit. It was an extremely hot day when were there but found respite in an air conditioned building wi...  more »
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  • If you're visiting Cape May you should stop by and see this place! We were in town visiting some family and decided to take the kids as they were having a Seafarers Festival which didn't disappoint and the kids really enjoyed hunting for the gold coins hidden throughout the village. They apparently have all sorts of events during the year, so again, if you plan on visiting Cape May give their site a quick check to see what's going on! They've also opened a new brewery onsite which unfortunately we didn't get to checkout this time around, but we'll definitely be back for that! Not sure if this was due to the festival or not, but cost to get in Adults: $12, Children 3-12: $10, under 3: Free.
  • I didn't have high expectations going to cold spring village. My family and I went as a diversion from the beach and boardwalk. It turns out that cold spring village it's fun and interesting (even for my kids -- ages 4, 9, and 10). We all learned something. The bakery was a bonus too (really good apple turnover! ).
  • Cold Springs Village is a wonderful way to step back in time and experience life as it was locally many years ago. Having lived in a historic home locally, visiting the village helped explain a lot of the uniquities of old homes, such as the lack of closets. I've been here countless times both as a child and an adult and I enjoy it and learn something new each time we visit. Our children love it, as well.
  • The past two years I have had the opportunity to drive a couple school field trips to Cold Spring Village and was thankful that after all these years of seeing the signs for it I was finally going to get to see just what it was like. I have always enjoyed seeing restored villages such as Cold Spring, Batsto, Williamsburg Va as well as others up and down the east coast so when I was able to check one out that is only an hour away from home it was a good thing. Since I wanted to see as much of the village as I could I only saw small parts of the actors history lessons but of those I saw I was impressed with their knowledge of not only the village but a lot of Cape May County. I have actually thought about getting a membership as the individual price is not that bad especially when you compare it to how much money you can waste on the boardwalk where the only thing you learn is just how expensive and hard it is to play one of those claw machines or whatever the latest attraction is. Since I have only been down during the week in the late spring I don't know how crowded they get here on a weekend but if you are in the area and looking for something nice and relaxed to do then I think this would be a good spot to check out and take a nice leisurely stroll through a quieter time that is not so clogged up with the latest technology.
  • It looked like a cool place but the price was more than I wanted to pay to tour a living museum. The brewery in the back (free to enter) was pretty cool. Free tours, decent price on local beer, you can bring in your own food. Best part was the historian who greeted us. Very informative, friendly and helpfu.