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Vacations in the Wildwoods, NJ Remain Very Affordable Amid Vacation Inflation

The Wildwoods, NJ – June 23, 2022 – The Wildwoods are New Jersey’s top affordable vacation spot for travelers near and far who seek a unique summertime destination without the big price tag.

The price of summer vacations across the country are on the rise, and in their quest for an unforgettable yet affordable summer experience, vacationers have turned the Wildwoods, NJ into a hub for families, young people, and budgeters seeking an optimally priced vacation. Offering free beaches, and a variety of vacation attractions with pricing in mind, the Wildwoods offers a respite to the expensive Jersey Shore price hike.

FREE Beaches

The Wildwoods are located on a five-mile island that has appealed to vacationing families, young couples, empty-nesters and seniors for more than a century. One of the reasons people choose the Wildwoods is for the island’s expansive clean, safe beaches with plenty of room to spread out. These pristine beaches have been voted ‘Best Beaches in New Jersey’ and ‘Top 10 Beaches in the US’. The Wildwoods beaches also remain FREE for all visitors – removing the hassle of purchasing expensive beach tags each season.

The Wildwoods’ FREE, white-sand beaches aid in clearing 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.

Affordable Accommodations

The Wildwoods have long been a family destination for travelers throughout the northeast and Canada. Centrally located on the southernmost barrier island at the Jersey shore between Philadelphia and New York and only a short drive from other major cities in the Northeast, the Wildwoods remain the premier destination for families, and those looking for an affordable, fun vacation experience. With boutique motels and accommodations for all budgets, the Wildwoods’ 8,000+ hotel rooms and 3,000+ vacation rentals are designed to be versatile, both in cost and in experience, to fit everyone’s needs. Visitors to the Wildwoods will be delighted to find their unique vacation doesn’t come with a hefty price tag, despite The Wildwoods’ myriad of free activities.

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, leading straight to the world-famous ‘WILDWOODS’ sign. It’s the perfect spot to capture the beginning of a Wildwoods vacation on film!

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. The Wildwoods’ Boardwalk has three amusement piers with over 100 rides and attractions, three beachfront waterparks, lots of unique shops, flashing arcades, carnival games and over 200 eateries serving everything from traditional boardwalk fare to fresh seafood caught daily.

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 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 all along the Boardwalk and simulcast on 98.7 The Coast Radio. Rain/wind dates are Sunday nights at 10 p.m.

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 island’s unique aesthetic up close and personal, or hop on the Doo Wop Architectural Tour Bus every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for a guided tour. The bright neon signs, vibrant architecture and colorful motel names make up the Doo Wop ambiance for which the Wildwoods are famous.


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 a bike and taking part in the Wildwoods exclusive version of ‘Bikeability’. Enjoy a scenic, leisurely 12-mile round-trip route, or choose your own route to enjoy the 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, then 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.

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 a short drive away in Cape May Courthouse, NJ, the Zoo offers 85 acres of free exhibits and experiences for individuals of all ages.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732


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