If you have to head south, why not consider taking your family for a ride on the Cape May-Lewes ferry.

In an effort to increase ridership Ferry officials in early 2010 started a plan to encourage ridership on the ferry by offering family-friendly activities during the ride and shuttle service to Delaware-area attractions once the ferry arrives on the other side of the Delaware Bay, such as NASCAR races at Dover Downs or no-sales-tax shopping at outlets in Rehoboth. For riders from Delaware and points south, the ferry offers rides to attractions like the Cape May Zoo and Atlantic City.

The ferry operators have also made the trip more appealing, with arcade games available for children, free Wi-Fi access and fancy deck chairs for parents to kick back in and enjoy the ride.

During the summer, the ferry also offers events like Rock the Boat crossings, which feature live music, Family Fun Cruises and programs by naturalists.

If you go: The ferry terminal is located at 1200 Lincoln Blvd. in North Cape May. Fares for vehicle and driver are $36 April through October, $30 November through March and $44 during peak periods. Additional passenger fares are $10 April to October, $8 November to March, and $10 during peak periods. Fares for children 6 to 13 are $5 April to October, $4 November to March and $5 during peak. Children younger than 6 ride free.

Return fares are generally cheaper. Shuttle fees are $4 per person. For information about ferry schedules, upcoming events and attractions worth visiting, or to make a reservation, see www.cmlf.com or call 800-643-3779.

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