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Easter at the Jersey Cape marks the reawakening and anticipation of the upcoming summer season. Event planners in the charming resorts of Cape May, the Wildwoods, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle City, and Ocean City have curated special events that might just entice you to pack your bags and head to the Jersey Cape. While the sun-drenched days of a full-blown summer vacation are still a few months away, as winter-weary attractions open their doors, restaurants, taverns, and stores, March offers an ideal opportunity for a quick escape to the Jersey Cape. This year, March brings a delightful fusion of St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, making it a doubly festive holiday month.

Everyone is Irish on Mar. 16 at the Jersey Cape. Wear your green to parades and celebrations in North Wildwood and Sea Isle City. If your plan is to go to both parades, you can! Beginning at Noon, revelers wearing the green will parade down Atlantic Avenue beginning at 9th St. On the same day, make your way over to Sea Isle City, the parade starts at 83rd & East Landis Avenue and follows Landis to 63rd St. Sea Isle’s celebration continues with a best dressed contest and more. and

The place to be on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend is Carney’s in Cape May. Kegs and Eggs are on the menu and brave partakers “give it a lash” in the St. Paddy’s Day Polar Plunge and 5K slated as part of a weekend of events that begins on Friday, Mar. 15.

Staying in “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” Gillian’s Wonderland Pier will be open for the Easter Weekend, and you can be sure many of the famous Boardwalk’s eateries, shops, and other businesses will be open to accommodate visitors. On Easter Sunday, Mar. 31, come dressed in your Easter best and meet the Easter Bunny for a photo in an Ocean City Lifeguard Boat from Noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace where a Dueling Pianos Show by The Philly Keys will begin at Noon. Don’t miss the Great Egg Hunt on Mar. 23 and again on Mar. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 6th to 14th Sts. along the boardwalk, stop by participating stores for treats, until supplies last.

Mark your calendars for Mar. 30 for the Spring Fling Family Fun Day at Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard., and Pleasure Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy Spring and Easter themed fun starting with a Dress to Impress Easter Stroll, photos with the Easter Bunny, music, crafts, face painting, games and more.

In the Wildwoods, even though Morey’s amusement piers won’t be operational until later in the season, there will be plenty of shops, eateries and arcades open on the popular wooden way. On Saturday, Mar. 30, the beach at 19th Ave. in North Wildwood will be the place to be for the annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at Noon. The Greater Wildwood Jaycees will also host an Egg Hunt on the beach beginning at Noon on the same day. After all, two Egg Hunts are better than one!

Cape May County Zoo’s Easter EGGstravaganZOO is set for Mar. 29-Apr. 7 at the zoo in Cape May Court House. Bring the whole family to one of your favorite summertime attractions and enjoy special events throughout the ten-day EGGstravaganZOO.

In Stone Harbor, the Volunteer Fire Company will host an egg hunt on March 23, at Noon at the firehouse. In Cape May, the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, Mar. 30, at 11 a.m. at Convention Hall on Beach Drive, and a Fashion Stroll will be held at Rotary Park on Easter Sunday, Mar. 31, at 1 pm.

Because Spring begins March 19, many of those visiting the Jersey Cape will be eager to get their gardens and yards ready for the coming season. You can bet that all the area’s nurseries and home stores will be stocked and ready to assist as the region dusts off its wintry shawl and prepares for the beautiful bloom of summer.

While the beaches and waterways in the region are always open, the beaches will be unprotected until Memorial Day, primarily because the ocean temperature is 50 degrees or cooler. But that doesn’t mean outdoor activities are restricted. The area’s bicycle paths, tennis and pickleball courts, wildlife management areas, and beaches are available for outdoor activities.