A vacation in the Wildwoods offers loads of FREE fun activities for visitors of all ages to experience and enjoy!
Wildwoods Gateway Visitor Experience
As visitors make their way over the bridge and onto the island, vacationers are greeted by the new ‘Welcome to the Wildwoods’ Doo Wop style sign in the shape of a surfboard. With its vivid colors and lighting, it can be seen upon approach day or night, setting the tone for the fun that lies ahead. The new Gateway also features a digital billboard announcing the latest events and information. Visitors will also notice colorful beach ball bollards along the entranceway and colorful street pavers, leading all the way to the Boardwalk and the world-famous ‘WILDWOODS’ sign. It’s the perfect spot to capture the beginning of a Wildwoods vacation with pictures and videos!
One of the main reasons families choose the Wildwoods is for the island’s expansive clean, safe beaches with plenty of room to spread out. The Wildwoods beaches also remain FREE for all visitors – removing the hassle of purchasing expensive beach tags each season. The Wildwoods’ white-sand beaches aid to clear the minds of visitors as they enjoy the calming benefits of ‘Beach Therapy’. The beaches offer an award-winning and spacious stretch of tranquility to relax, recharge, and reunite with friends and family. The beach also gives visitors an opportunity to get some exercise and partake in the thrill of all the exciting watersports offered.
Another FREE way to experience the wonder of the Wildwoods is by biking. Recharge, get physical exercise and enjoy the beautiful shore air by hopping on your bike and taking part in the Wildwoods exclusive version of ‘Bikeability’. Enjoy a scenic, leisurely 12-mile round-trip route with plenty of fresh air and breathtaking views starting at the far southern end of the island along the Dunes Bike Path in Wildwood Crest. Travel along the path up onto the Wildwoods’ 2.5-mile Boardwalk, and through North Wildwood’s Muhlbury Bike Path to the North Wildwood Sea Wall. You can also ride your bike along the Wildwoods streets and downtown, with special “bikes only” lanes available around the entire island.
The World-Famous Wildwoods Boardwalk
Otherwise known as ‘two miles of smiles,’ the iconic 38-block Wildwoods Boardwalk is open for strolling, jogging, and biking. There’s no better way to take in the incredible views of the lively Boardwalk, beach, and ocean. Jam-packed with three amusement piers featuring over 100-rides and attractions, three beachfront waterparks, shops, arcades, carnival games and over 200 eateries, the Wildwoods Boardwalk is a real slice of Americana.
The Wildwoods’ Icon Wall Murals
Tributes to iconic musical artists who have represented the destination’s rich musical rock ‘n roll history, are displayed throughout the Wildwoods in a series of ‘Icon Wall Murals.’ These icon murals showcase the Wildwoods’ influence as a living, breathing slice of Americana. Subjects of the Icon Wall Murals include key music legends whose mark was first made in the Wildwoods: Bobby Rydell, whose hit song ‘Wildwood Days’ has become the official anthem of the Wildwoods; Bill Haley & The Comets, who introduced the country’s first Rock ‘n Roll hit song ‘Rock Around The Clock’ at the Hof Brau Hotel in Wildwood; and Chubby Checker, who first introduced a new dance craze, ‘The Twist’, at the Wildwoods’ Rainbow Club, that swept the nation in the ‘60s. Each of these musical icons has significantly contributed to Wildwoods’ colorful history and unique culture that has drawn people of all ages to this shore resort destination for generations.
Iconic Wildwoods Sign
The nine brushed aluminum letters and blue background that make up the 80-foot-long, 19-foot-high iconic sign – coined ‘the Hollywood sign of the East Coast’ – is a must-see New Jersey icon and a landmark for the Wildwoods. The ‘WILDWOODS’ Sign, along with its brightly colored giant beach ball bollards, have welcomed millions of visitors to pose in front of the sign for a once-in-a-lifetime photograph. Its prime location has not only made it a major tourist attraction for photo opportunities but has also become the ideal backdrop for major outdoor events, weddings, class pictures, TV broadcasts, press conferences, and much more. The sign can also be viewed on our world-wide 24/7 EarthCam by visiting WildwoodsNJ.com/view-webcam.
Doo Wop Architecture
The Wildwoods offer the largest collection of mid-20th century architecture in the country. This iconic building style unique to the mid 20th century is known as ‘Doo Wop Architecture’. Take a self-guided tour on foot or by car to witness the islands unique aesthetic up close and personal. The bright neon signs, vibrant architecture and colorful motel names make up the Doo Wop ambiance for which the Wildwoods are famous.
Fishing is a great way to have fun and enjoy the islands unique seaside environment for FREE. A fishing pier on the Intracoastal Waterway – known locally as “the back bay” – at Sweetbriar Road in Wildwood Crest, is a popular fishing spot for island natives and visitors alike. The beaches along Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood are a popular spot for fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the sport of surf fishing.
Crabbing is another beloved shore activity common in the tidal marsh areas along the west side of the island. Those looking to catch their evening crab feast are frequently spotted along the wetlands area entering the island; at street ends; or on docks along the back bay.
Friday Night Fireworks on the Beach
During the summer season, enjoy a free fireworks extravaganza on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood, every Friday night through September 2 at 10 p.m. The fireworks show is visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk and throughout the island! Or venture out onto the beach at Pine Avenue with a beach chair of blanket and watch up close the fireworks exploding directly overhead for a truly unique experience. Hear the fireworks explode to a musical score played along the Boardwalk and simulcast on 98.7 The Coast Radio. Rain/wind dates are Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Located on the corner of Ocean and Burk Avenues, across from the Wildwoods Convention Center, the Wildwoods’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is an exact half-size replica of the official Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. This attraction offers ample opportunity for individuals to reflect and pay respect to the heroes of the Vietnam War. The memorial also offers an important educational opportunity for people of all ages.
Cape May County Park & Zoo
Providing year-round free admission, the Cape May County Park & Zoo features a collection of more than 550 animals, representing 250 species. Located in Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey, just minutes from the Wildwoods, the Zoo offers 85-acres of free exhibits and experiences for individuals of all ages.