The Wildwoods, NJ – The Wildwoods and the surrounding area have a myriad of FREE activities that are open and ready to enjoy throughout the summer!
“We are excited to welcome locals and visitors to enjoy the Wildwoods this summer. A number of our island’s attractions are open to the public and FREE to enjoy,” said Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) Executive Director/CFO John Siciliano.
The five-mile long island known as the Wildwoods has appealed to vacationing families for more than a century. One of the reasons so many families have opted for the Wildwoods is due to the island’s expansive, pristine beaches with plenty of room to spread out. They’ve been voted Best Beaches in New Jersey and Top 10 Beaches in the US, and best of all the Wildwoods beaches are FREE to all, without the expense and hassle of having to purchase beach tags.
The Wildwoods’ FREE, white-sand beaches beckon visitors to clear their minds and enjoy the calming benefits of ‘Beach Therapy’. The beaches offer an award-winning and spacious stretch of sand to stretch out, relax, recharge, and reunite with friends and family – with plenty of room for social distancing. In addition to the perfect place for relaxation, the beach gives visitors a wonderful opportunity to exercise freely and spend quality time with family.
Another FREE way to recharge, get physical exercise and enjoy the beautiful summer air is by hopping on your bike and taking part in the Wildwoods exclusive version of ‘bikeability’. Enjoy a scenic, leisurely 12-mile round-trip route, plenty of fresh air and breathtaking views starting at the far southern-end of the island along the Dunes Bike Path in Wildwood Crest, 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 “bike only” lanes available around the entire island. And if you don’t want to bring your bike on vacation with you there are plenty of bike rentals shops located on the Boardwalk and throughout town where you can rent a bike by the hour at a nominal fee.
The World-Famous Wildwoods Boardwalk
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.
Friday Night Fireworks on the Beach
Enjoy a free fireworks extravaganza on the beach at Pine Avenue in Wildwood, every Friday night throughout the summer season at 10 p.m. – visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk! Hear the fireworks explode to a musical score that is played all along the Boardwalk, and is simulcast on 98.7 The Coast. Rain/wind date is Sunday night at 10 p.m.
The Wildwoods’ Icon Wall Murals
Representations of iconic people, who have positively represented the destination’s rich musical history, are displayed throughout the Wildwoods in a series of ‘Icon Wall Murals.’ The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) conceived of and developed the Icon Wall Murals project to beautify selected public spaces while heightening appreciation of how the Wildwoods have evolved over the decades into a living, breathing slice of Americana. Subjects of the three Icon Wall Murals include key individuals whose mark on the world-wide music scene was first indelibly made in the Wildwoods: Bobby Rydell, whose hit song ‘Wildwood Days’ has become the 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 Haufbrau Hotel in Wildwood; and Chubby Checker, who first introduced a new dance craze that swept the nation in the ‘60s, ‘The Twist’, at the Wildwoods’ Rainbow Club. Each of these musical icons has significantly contributed to Wildwoods’ colorful musical history and unique culture that has drawn people of all ages to this shore resort destination for generations.
Iconic Wildwoods Sign
The nine front brushed aluminum letters and blue background letters 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 was unveiled in 2008, and since then, has welcomed millions of visitors to pose with the sign for once-in-a-lifetime photographs and memories. The impressive entryway and sign, that reads ‘WILDWOODS,’ was designed by Philadelphia architect Richard Stokes. 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.
Doo Wop Architecture
The Wildwoods also offer the largest collection of mid-20th century architecture in the country, known as Doo Wop Architecture. Take a self-guided tour on foot or via your car around the island to see the bright neon signs, vibrant architecture and colorful motel names, up close and personal, which make up the Doo Wop ambiance for which the Wildwoods are famous.
Fishing, a favorite seashore pastime, is a great way to have some fun and enjoy the island environment. 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, and there are beaches along Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood where fishing enthusiasts gather to surf fish – with plenty of room to spread out.
Crabbing is another beloved shore activity commonplace along the tidal marsh areas on 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.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Located on the corner of Ocean and Burk Avenues, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a permanent exact half-size granite replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Memorial. This attraction is a great opportunity for individuals and families to pay their respects to the heroes of this nation, and a great educational experience for 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 in an 85 acre exhibit.
Build Your Itinerary Online
Virtually plan out your vacation in the Wildwoods with the interactive Trip Builder tool at WildwoodsNJ.com. Simply select your favorite events and attractions and save them to an itinerary at the push of a button. You can organize your trip from your computer, tablet or smart phone so you can make the most of your vacation. Visit WildwoodsNJ.com/plan-a-vacation/ and start planning for your fun-filled summer vacation in the Wildwoods.
Take A Virtual Tour
Visit us virtually! Twelve strategically placed webcams throughout the five-mile island allow viewers to experience the Wildwoods from home. The Wildwoods’ webcams provide picturesque views, including the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk, the amusement piers and beaches and ocean with live wave action. Five of the webcams are placed on top of the Wildwoods Convention Center; six cameras are on the boardwalk; and one additional camera points right at the iconic “WILDWOODS” sign. Streaming live real-time video of the beach and ocean, the Boardwalk, and beautiful vistas, all webcams can be viewed via the internet on any device – desktops, laptops, tablets, and smart phones – from anywhere in the world. To view the live webcams, visit the Wildwoods tourism website at WildwoodsNJ.com/view-webcam/.
Visitors can also browse through the Wildwoods via amazing colorful photography and videos. The Wildwoods’ Online Image Gallery features hundreds of photos and videos for visitors to view, download and share. Photos of amusements, boardwalk, beaches and events are refreshed often. To view the Online Image Gallery, visit WildwoodsNJ.com/about-the-wildwoods/photos-and-videos/. Lots of great videos of fun in the Wildwoods can also be found on the Wildwoods’ YouTube Channel at www.YoutTube.com/user/WildwoodsNJ.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732