The Wildwoods, NJ: A Guide for Family Fun at the Shore

The Wildwoods, NJ have so much to offer, from the beautiful free beaches and world-famous boardwalk, to historical attractions and exciting activities/events that are sure to entertain the whole family! Experience the ultimate family vacation when you visit the Wildwoods, NJ.

Consistently named one of the “Best Beach Vacations” in the U.S. for families, the Wildwoods are the perfect destination for your next family getaway. Soak up some sun with your family on these beautiful white-sand, FREE beaches. Beach goers have the option of choosing to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun, or a more adventurous day of activities like surfing, boogie boarding, fishing, power boating, jet-skiing, sailing, kayaking, and whale watching.

Bring your furry friends along too and visit the dog-friendly beach and dog park at Glenwood Avenue Beach in the Wildwoods! And don’t forget to kick off your family trip by posing in front of the iconic Wildwoods Sign, standing 20 feet high and surrounded by beach ball sculptures – that you can climb on – and snap a family photo to commemorate your trip!

The Wildwoods’ beaches are also the backdrop to a variety of events going on throughout the year including the Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, National Marbles Tournament, The Race of Gentlemen Vintage Antique Car and Motorcycle Beach Drag Races, Monster Truck Beach Races, sporting tournaments, concerts, and many more!

Along with our award-winning beaches, another “must see” is our world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk. Known as “2-½ miles of smiles,” the boardwalk has fun for everyone, whether you’re looking for relaxation or thrills and adventure. For a more peaceful day, take a ride on the 140-foot Ferris Wheel that overlooks the beaches and ocean, go for a bike ride, take a stroll, fly a kite, or take a ride on the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk “Sightseer” Tram Cars. For more action and adventure, go on any of the Boardwalk’s six world-class roller coasters, take monster truck rides on the beach, go down huge waterslides, and more!

To satisfy your hunger after a day of fun, munch on some classic boardwalk fair – from hamburgers and hotdogs to French fries and pizza. Don’t forget dessert! Find sweet treats like saltwater taffy, fudge, custard cones, funnel cakes, and fried Oreos.

And if you’re looking to take a break from the beach, we invite to take a tour of the Hereford Lighthouse, an 18th century landmark that’s open to the public, where you and your family can experience the fascinating history of the Wildwoods. Built in 1874, the Hereford Lighthouse is the most important historic structure on Five Mile Beach and continues to function as an active navigational aid maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Visitors to the lighthouse will learn about the history of the building and the local area. Relax on the Lighthouse grounds as you take in the ocean air and stroll through the beautiful English Gardens to enjoy the beauty of the seashore right up to the seawall at Hereford Inlet.

Admirers of architecture would also fit right in as the Wildwoods are home to the country’s largest concentration of mid-century Doo-Wop architecture. We invite you to take a walk through the Wildwoods’ Doo-Wop District, head towards the Doo-Wop Experience Museum and hop on the award-winning “Back to the ‘50s” Doo-Wop Neon Night Bus Tour. With bright neon signs, futuristic architecture and “far-out” themes, these buildings offer a neon-lit slice of Americana to anyone visiting the Island.

Then to top it off, grab some dinner at one of the many Doo-Wop style diners throughout the Wildwoods that offer large menus and a unique, fun setting the kids are sure to love. Enjoy classic diner food along with retro jukeboxes, waitresses in poodle skirts, and the iconic black & white checkered floors that will never go out of style! The Wildwoods’ Doo-Wop diners will provide your family with a delicious meal and a memorable time!

Be sure to bring some of Wildwood home with you. Shop souvenirs before you leave to remember your fun time here!

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732


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