Running between the tip of the New Jersey shore and the heart of the Delaware coast, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry carries cars and passengers on a relaxing ride across the mouth of Delaware Bay. The trip ranges in cost depending upon day and season (Friday to Sunday in summer being most expensive), from about $23 to $47 each way for a car and one passenger, plus fares for each additional passenger. Schedules change seasonally, with boats leaving about every hour in summer and every three hours in winter. Crossings take about 90 minutes, and if the seas are calm you can often see porpoises playing in the swells.

Call for up-to-date times and other ferry information (800/643-3779). Reservations ($10 extra) are a good idea at peak travel times and should be made at least one day in advance.