Cape May-Lewes Ferry ride one of most scenic in U.S.

May 20, 2019

Urging its readers to skip the bridges and tunnels, and board a boat on their next road trip, Smithsonian Magazine recently recognized the Cape May-Lewes Ferry as one of the seven most scenic ferry rides in the United States.

The Delaware Bay ferry service operates between Victorian Cape May, N.J., and historic Lewes, and has three vessels in the fleet: MV Delaware, MV New Jersey and MV Cape Henlopen.

“Smithsonian Magazine is world renowned for chronicling the arts, history, sciences, travel and culture, and it’s an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious institution,” said Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations. “Every cruise across the Delaware Bay can be the backdrop for a host of wonderful new memories and epic family stories. To be included on this exclusive list validates what we’ve always touted – that our ferry service is a break from the ordinary!”

Operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry welcomes foot and vehicle passengers 365 days a year. Because getting there is half the fun, all vessels are equipped with modern amenities, including outdoor deck chairs, air-conditioned lounges, cafes, comfortable reclining seats, Wi-Fi, lively deck bars and flat-screen televisions. Besides the modern amenities, what inspires most who ride the Cape May-Lewes Ferry are the scenic views of sunsets, ship traffic and wildlife. For more information on the ferry and to book a reservation, go to

Other ferry services mentioned in the article include the Staten Island Ferry in New York City; Block Island Ferry in Rhode Island; Washington State Ferries; Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry in Texas; Alaska Marine Highway System; and the S.S. Badger Ferry in Michigan and Wisconsin.

To search for the article, go to Brooklyn-based journalist Jennifer Nalewicki is the author. Her articles have been published in The New York Times, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, United Hemispheres and more.