Wildwood, New Jersey - A Visitors Guide
A Jersey Shore Family Destination with A "Doo-Wop" heritage
Photo courtesy of the City of Wildwood
Wildwood is a popular south Jersey beach destination for families looking for a reasonably priced summer vacation with plenty to do.
The Wildwoods are a Jersey Shore treasure with free, wide, white, powdery sandy beaches, and a world class boardwalk with amusement piers, restaurants, and salt water taffy shops.
Wildwood is also popular with visitors who come for the "Doo Wop", 50's and 60's themed architecture, music and history of that era.
The Affordable Family Vacation Destination
The beaches cannot be topped! This shore destination has one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast. The sand is amazingly soft, powdery-white, and very wide with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy. It is also free --- a rarity with New Jersey beaches. The warm water lasts longer than the northern stretch of the Jersey Shore and offers an extended summer season that thrives until the end of September and begins to wind down in October.
During the spring, summer, and fall, The Wildwoods are host to a number of events including championship volleyball tournaments, monster truck races, concerts, movies on the beach, ethnic festivals, fireworks displays, crafts, and antique car shows.
The boardwalk, two miles or 38 blocks long, along the North Wildwood and Wildwood stretch of shore line, claims to have more rides than Disneyland.
Wildwoods: A "Doo Wop" Heritage
With the onset of the Doo-Wop era, taken from the music industry’s definition of that period from 1948-61, working class people were experiencing an increase in leisure time, affluence, and new cars that are now known as classic "Doo-Wop" cars. Families from the Philadelphia and New York areas came to enjoy this beach destination as an affordable, fun, and a great place to take the kids for a vacation.
This demand spurred the development of the town's motel lodging that has since become known as "Doo Wop Architecture". You could drive and park your car right alongside your room and didn't have to cart your luggage through the hallways or worry about the kids making noise, or tracking their sandy feet indoors.
The Wildwoods Encompass Three Popular Tourist Municipalities:
North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest
Features a quarter mile wide beach, motels, restaurants, and beds & breakfasts. This is a popular destination for family fun and entertainment with ten blocks of the northern end of the Boardwalk filled with roller coaster rides, food and ice cream stands, and saltwater taffy.
Located in between North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, this is the center of activity with the Convention Center, the business district, and 28 blocks or 1 1/2 miles of the two mile of the Boardwalk running through it.
More of a residential area than either of it's two northern neighbors but still shares the Doo Wop motel architecture. The setting of this town is more natural, especially with the town’s beach conservation efforts to protect sand dunes and dune grass.
The Wildwoods Attractions & Things To Do
The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
Located in North Wildwood, NJ, built in 1874, is a unique historic and picturesque lighthouse and the only one of this style on the east coast. Now owned by the town of North Wildwood, it has reopened to public tours of the light and its extensive gardens.
The main amusement center with three other Piers and a water park providing rides and amusements for all ages. There are more than 100 rides and attractions, shopping, and restaurants along the 2-mile boardwalk.
The Doo Wop Preservation League Museum
The "League" is actively involved in the preservation the classic Doo Wop "feel" to prevent it from becoming a memory. Make sure to visit the Doo Wop museum, featuring period furniture, neon and street signs from the 1950s. It's located across from the Convention Center.
George F. Boyer Historical Museum
A must visit for 50's & 60's music lovers. Learn how Woodstock changed the world of popular music and how that event was responsible for the death of top live music entertainment in Wildwood.
A branch of the original Philadelphia Insectarium, they have thousands of live and mounted insects, tons of interactive displays, fun stuff for kids, and a whole lot more.
Located on the Boardwalk directly overlooking the beach and ocean, hosts many popular events including the international Kite Festival, classic car shows, the National Dance Finals, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Roller Derby Tournament, Comics & Collectibles shows, and more.
Dolphin and Whale Watching
Big Blue Sightseer Cruiser
They offer three daily cruises to choose from. Cruises are narrated by a Marine Biologist
Dockside Fishing and Crabbing
Crabbing is a very popular summer and fall activity along the bays and creeks in the Wildwood area.
Wildwood Crest - Pier
Thrill Packed Boat Rides
Silver Bullet Tours
Foot of the Bridge Rio Grande and Susquehana Aves. (Next to Boat House and Urie's Restaurant Wildwood, NJ Website
The Silver Bullet's twin V-12 turbo-charged diesel engines will give you the experience and thrills of a NASCAR Race Driver as it speeds up and down the oceanfront. On this thrill packed adventuresome journey you will experience 90 minutes of dolphin sightings and many other types of marine life. Be sure to wear casual clothing or bathing suits as the spray will cool and refresh you. They are also available for private charters.
Places to Stay in The Wildwoods
Icona Diamond Beach
Located, just below Wildcrest, on one of the only private beaches in New Jersey. Open year-roun, this elegant, beach resort features luxurious suites, a sundeck, outdoor heated pool and a beach bar
Imperial 500 Motel
A friendly, family owned business offering good service. Located a block from the beach near the promenade
Offers good value and a convenient location, a block from the beach, a park across the street with tennis courts.
Port Royal Hotel
On the Beach in
One of the top, more upscale, hotels in Wildwood offering a more upscale ambiance
than most of the typical doo-wop styled motels.
Pan American Hotel
Close to the beach with plenty of amenities including an on-site restaurant (Alosi's restaurant) and underground parking.
Located in north Wildwood with a great location across the street from the beach and a couple blocks from the Boardwalk,
Seapointe Village Resort
A resort with more upscale amenities and condo type suites.
The ambiance is a contemporary treatment of a 50's "Doo Wop" theme.
Summer Nites Bed and Breakfast
A great place to immerse yourself in "50's Theme" ambiance. This B & B Inn decor is strictly Doo Wop with the dining room done up as a 50's dinner!
Located across the street from the beach, this 30 room motel is family friendly with kids activities.