Just how well do you know Cape May?

Well enough to know the name of the ship whose bell is now a monument on the Washington Street Mall? How about the color of The Queen Victoria's mansard roof?

If you knew the answer to both of those questions, then you truly are a Cape May aficionado. But if you didn't, have no worries. There's a fun and informative way for you spruce up on your Cape May factoids and explore all the intricacies of the city - The Cape May Family Treasure Hunt.

Created by the Mid-Atlantic City for the Arts & Humanities, MAC, and co-sponsored by Preservation New Jersey for locals and visitors alike, The Cape May Family Treasure is a scavenger hunt-type tour that can be done alone, in a group or in competition between teams.

Tour packets are available for purchase year-round at the Hill House, located on the Emlen Physick Estate property on Washington Street, as well as at the Washington Street Mall information booth in season only.

Each packet is $5 per group and includes 19 questions and clues, a Cape May street map and an answer sheet. After picking up the packet, tour-goers will follow the questions around town in search of the answers.

Cape May resident Heather Bruno, a mother of two girls, ages 11 and 8, said the hunt is a great activity to do with the family.

"Kids love being detectives, and it's a good way to get them outside," Bruno said.

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To take the Cape May Family Treasure Hunt

Purchase a tour packet and map at the The Hill House located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May or at the Washington Street Mall Info Booth during summer only.

Hill House Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday and Sunday, (except: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays Feb, 2, 9 and 23.)

Cost: $5 per family.