Top 10 Wildwood Attractions
by VisitNJShore | Jan 29, 2015 | Plan a Vacation, Secrets of the Jersey Shore, Wildwood, New Jersey
- The beaches – Unlike the rest of the east coast, the beaches in Wildwood are actually growing every year! The beach in North Wildwood is so large that the town provides a beach tram that makes three laps of the sand every summer day. And best of all, the beaches in the Wildwoods are free. No badges required in Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, or North Wildwood.
- The Wildwood boardwalk – North Wildwood has its own smaller boardwalk, but the biggest, best, and brightest action is in Wildwood proper. Two and a half miles, 37 city blocks, tens of thousands of planks. It is the center of activity in Wildwood. You’ll find arcades, shopping, dining, games of chance, and much more. The shops on the boardwalk can provide everything you need for a day at the beach — food and drinks, sunscreen, a beach towel and umbrella, entertainment, and a tee-shirt and shorts to wear home.
- Morey’s Piers – Three adventure piers and two water parks located on the Wildwood boardwalk. You’ll find more rides here than you would at Disneyland! Wild rollercoasters for the adventure seekers, plus go-karts and racing, a carousel and Ferris wheel, and lots of watery fun.
- The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse – The Hereford Inlet Lighthousein North Wildwood. You can tour the lighthouse museum and the award-winning butterfly gardens that surround the 1874 Victorian lighthouse. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, at the northernmost point of the island, is considered the best looking lighthouse in New Jersey.
- Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest – The sunsets here are said to rival those seen in the Florida Keys! Sunset Lake is also home to the free summer concert series and lots of water sports. You might hear anything from jazz to zydeco, doowop to country, and reggae to rock. And throughout the summer, Sunset Lake is host to craft fairs and much more. Near the lake you can visit the Turtle Gut Park Memorial, site of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Cape May County!
- The fishing. – More than a hundred party boats leave from Wildwood marinas daily, offering trips of all lengths and sizes. You can also try your luck at surf fishing — just check with the lifeguards before you start casting. Surf fishing is only permitted at certain beaches during the summer. But you don’t have to fish in the ocean; you can also fish in the Intercoastal Waterway on the west side of the island. And if you don’t want to fish at all, there’s always a whale watching or sightseeing cruise!
- The Wildwood Convention Center – It’s right on the boardwalk, overlooking the water. It hosts everything from concerts and conventions to exhibitions and trade shows.
- The dining – When you’re close to the water, you’re bound to find amazing seafood restaurants! The Wildwoods have plenty of places to chow down, whether you’re hungry for seafood, Italian, or lighter boardwalk fare like burgers and hot dogs.
- The nightlife – Not quite as wild as Atlantic City’s nightlife, but a close second in south Jersey. Check out the Nile, a former church that is now a nightclub. It isn’t much of an exaggeration to say you can find a bar, pub, club, or lounge on every corner. Wildwood also has a fantastic comedy club — the Casba Comedy Club.
- The Doo Wop architecture – The Wildwoods are home to some of the greatest examples of this unusual style that was popular in the 1950s and 60s. Designs evoked images of tropical paradises and space age excitement. Many of the hotels, motels, and restaurants in the Wildwoods are fine examples of Doo Wop architecture. Take a guided tour and learn more about this unique architectural style