Destination guide

Family fun in Sea Isle City

Sea Isle City on New Jersey’s scenic Cape May peninsula is one of the state’s most popular summer playgrounds. This historic community has been welcoming vacationers since the 1880s, when influential local developer Charles K. Landis had a vision of transforming a tract of Ludlam barrier island into a waterway resort to rival Venice. Remnants of its elegant past can still be glimpsed in surviving buildings such as the Colonnade Inn, a striking example of Victorian architecture. Today’s lively resort places the accent firmly on family fun, with Sea Isle City vacation rentals providing a homey environment for groups of all sizes.

Things to do

A close look at Sea Isle City’s history

Sea Isle City Historical Museum offers a fascinating look at life in this unique community through the decades. The mission of this hands-on museum is to preserve local archives and artifacts for future generations. The collection quickly outgrew its early homes and moved to its current location within the Cape May County Library in 2011. The open-plan design offers an overview of the eye-catching displays, which include intimate family albums and bridal gowns, as well as plenty of space to explore each exhibit up close. The museum is open year-round Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; admission is free.

Activities

Sea Isle City—a healthy regard for the environment

Imaginative annual events such as the fancy-dress Polar Bear Plunge and the Sara the Turtle Festival, designed to introduce inquisitive youngsters to environmental issues, set Sea Isle City apart from more typical beach resorts. The city became one of the first in New Jersey to install streetlights powered by natural energy, while its turtle-conservation programs have been instrumental in protecting endangered diamondback terrapins. The unspoiled beach remains Sea Isle City’s proudest feature—from sunbathing and yoga to free concerts and moonlit strolls, there are myriad ways to absorb its invigorating beauty.

Weather

Sea Isle City—not just for summer

Demand for Sea Isle City vacation rentals peaks during high summer, when the ocean breezes keep humidity in check. As the big inland cities sizzle, Sea Isle City basks in pleasant temperatures that hover around the high 70s from June through September. The mild waters of the Atlantic Ocean extend the beach season from late April until well into October. Families who love to make the most of outdoor living will reap the benefits of Sea Isle City vacation rentals by the beach with their own private patio, pool, barbecue, and hot tub—ticking all the alfresco boxes whatever the season.

Natural features

Nature on your doorstep in Sea Isle City

The scenic nature walk through Townsends Inlet Waterfront Park showcases the unspoiled natural beauty of Cape May, just a few minutes’ gentle stroll along the boardwalk from downtown Sea Isle vacation rentals. The park encompasses an area of sand dunes, wetlands, and ocean at the southern tip of the peninsula, providing a haven for nesting and migrating waders and waterfowl. The beach is famous for its spectacular sunsets, while surf fishing for stripers and flounders is a popular pastime.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Sea Isle City

The nearest airport is in Cape May, NJ (WWD-Cape May County), located 14.9 mi (24 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Atlantic City, NJ (ACY-Atlantic City Intl.), which is 22 mi (35.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Sea Isle City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,029 vacation rentals near Sea Isle City. From 692 Houses to 757 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sea Isle City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Sea Isle City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sea Isle City:

  • Diamond Beach: 155 vacation rentals
  • Gold Coast: 249 vacation rentals
  • Townsend's Inlet: 332 vacation rentals
  • Village Green: 298 vacation rentals
  • Gardens: 233 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Sea Isle City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sea Isle City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pirate Island Golf: 4,116 vacation rentals
  • Boardwalk Hall: 2,097 vacation rentals
  • Wildwood Convention Center: 3,426 vacation rentals
  • Cape May Lighthouse: 4,462 vacation rentals
  • Atlantic City Convention Center: 2,056 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sea Isle City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Sea Isle City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 692 Houses in Sea Isle City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sea Isle City include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 757 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 538 rentals available
  • Cottages: 32 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sea Isle City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 140 vacation rentals with pool available in Sea Isle City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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