The 2023 Summer Season Has Officially Begun in the Wildwoods: Unlocking of the Ocean and 75th Anniversary of the Tram Car on the Wildwoods Boardwalk

The Wildwoods, NJ – May 26, 2022 The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) joined state, county, local, and city officials, guest speakers, and over 300 elementary school children to officially ‘unlock’ the Wildwoods beaches for the summer 2023 season.

The 37th annual International Kite Festival, the largest Kite Festival in North America, was simultaneously launched over the Wildwoods beaches. Colorful kites served as a backdrop, and children of all ages joined in on the fun, launching the kites they made earlier that morning during a children’s Kite Making Workshop inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. The Kite Festival will be flying all weekend and wraps up on Monday, May 27 with the Indoor Kite Competition inside the Convention Center.

Immediately following the unlocking, GWTIDA representatives, tourism, state, county, local, and city officials, VIPs, Gigi the Tram Car Driver extraordinaire and Floss Stengel – the original voice of the Tram Car’s famous ‘Watch the Tram Car Please!’ announcement participated n a photo opportunity that celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Sightseer Tram Car on the Wildwoods Boardwalk

For three-quarters of a century, the Tram Cars have played a leading role transporting millions of visitors on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. The Tram Cars were first put in service on the Wildwoods Boardwalk in 1949 and remain the heartbeat and the very essence of the Wildwoods. 2023 marks the Diamond Jubilee 75th anniversary for the all-electric people-movers, as they continue to traverse the Wildwoods Boardwalk, announcing their iconic audible warning, “Watch the Tram Cars Please!”

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