Cape May Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House got a spotlight of free national attention for finishing as the third-best free attraction in America in USA Today's 2024 10Best Readers' Choice voting.

The Zoo is the second local South Jersey attraction to get good voting grades with the public in the nationwide contest: Margate's Lucy the Elephant won the Best Roadside Attraction earlier this year.

Cape May Zoo Ranks as a National Top Three Free Attraction

Cape May Park & Zoo was voted third-best of the top 10 free attractions in the U.S. — selected by a panel of travel experts and voted by readers of USA Today as the best.

"Even though they come at no cost, in each case, you get way, way more than you pay for," according to USA Today.

At Cape May County Park and Zoo, you can check out your favorite animals including giraffes, zebras, lemurs, and many more. Check out the zoo's calendar for a full schedule of year-round events to enhance your visit. Both admission and parking are free.


Cape May Zoo Beat Out Some Nationally Well-Known Free Attractions

With its third-best finish, Cape May Zoo came in ahead of some national heavy-hitter-free attractions.

- Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park -- home of the Liberty Bell (#10)

- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina/Tennessee border (#8)

- San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge (#5)

Which Free Attractions Won the Contest?

Two free Florida attractions took this year's top prizes.

- TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Appolo Beach (#2)

- The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach (#1)

Cape May Zoo is a South Jersey Treasure

The Cape May County Park & Zoo in Middle Township is home to a collection of more than 550 animals representing 250 species in 85 acres of exhibits.

The Cape May County Park and Zoo is free and open every day of the year except for Christmas.

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