Wildwood Travel Guide

  • Wildwood, NJ
    Wildwood, NJ
    by Belsaita
  • Wildwood
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  • Wildwoods NJ, Boardwalk
    Wildwoods NJ, Boardwalk
    by Belsaita

Wildwood Highlights

  • Pro
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     Huge beaches, sand dunes, fishing, crabbing, camping, relaxing 

  • Con
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     Very Touristy, some city-like problems 

  • In a nutshell
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    April1985 says…

     Though it can get pretty exhausting from all the tourists, I just keep going back, again and again . You just can't get enough of WILDWOOD ! 

Wildwood Things to Do

  • Birdwatching on the Jersey Shore

    Happily, the Jersey Shore lies right on the Atlantic Flyway for any number of migratory bird species. Cape May in particular is known for sightings of an extraordinary number of bird species when migration is in process. This annual event lends itself to the migration here of birdwatchers and photographers themselves!!I have yet to be able to...

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  • The Natural Beauty of the Marshes

    Being brought up in a Virginia town on the Chesapeake Bay meant that being around, in or on open water and all things associated with it was as natural as breathing --- it's in your blood. However, our town had few marshy areas but the ones we did have were fun to explore for whatever could be found there.When visiting the Wildwoods, don't miss the...

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  • The Beaches ~ Some of the Widest in the...

    Without a doubt, one of the main reasons people come to the Wildwoods summer after summer is for the 5 miles of beach. Facing directly onto the Atlantic Ocean, Wildwood itself has one of the widest beaches in the world! about.com.philadelphia/southjerseyshore/p/wildwood_beach/htm quotes it as being over 1,000 ft. wide in some places. Given that...

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  • The Cape May - Lewes Ferry

    The Cape May - Lewes Ferry could equally be categorized as a "Thing to Do" or "Transportation" tip, and also an "Off the Beaten Path" tip. I list it here only to make it a more prominent tip.In only a few short months, the Cape May - Lewes Ferry will celebrate its 50th Birthday as a means of transportation between Lewes, Delaware and Cape May, New...

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  • George F. Boyer Museum/Wildwood...

    The George F. Boyer Museum, housed in a building of rather nondescript character sporting a brick exterior with white trim, remains one of the better looking edifices on a street which is struggling to regain its footing in a city which to some extent is also trying to regain its footing. The George F. Boyer Museum is operated by the Wildwood...

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  • The Boardwalk

    As previously mentioned in introduction page, visiting the Wildwoods is for so many people a family tradition repeated every summer. Some visitors are daytrippers while others stay for at least a week or more. For a lot of these people, 'walking the boards', or being on the boardwalk is part and parcel of their everyday routine. It is like "the...

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Wildwood Restaurants

  • Awesome BBQ Ribs!

    Found this place in Diamond Beach just a short walk from our condo in Seapointe Village. It's located in the Regal Plaza Beach Resort on the corner of Atlantic & Jefferson right next door to The Grand at Diamond Beach. We stopped in for breakfast which was outstanding. The dining room is very cute and colorful with non-stop reggae music gadding to...

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  • Low Key, Budget Friendly Downtown...

    Not always, but sometimes, as part of our Saturday summer weekend ritual we decide to have a real breakfast. We intended to try a new restaurant but it was so busy we immediately dtermined to try another place. Well, right across the street was the other place ..... Key West Café! What caught my eye immediately was the colorful, tropical mural...

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  • Excellent Meal at Beach Creek

    There are not too many times when we visit Wildwood that we have dinner at an expensive restaurant. However, celebrating "Father's Day" at Beach Creek Grill & Oyster Bar recently was one of those few occasions.When we arrived at about 5:30pm, the restaurant's parking lot was already full but only later would we find out why people were dining so...

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Wildwood Nightlife

  • Free concerts the whole family can...

    Every Wedensday and Saturday evenings on the stage in Centennial Park. Live bands and entertainment perform on the stage throughout the summer. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, and a frisbee or ball if the kids want to toss one around. A few ice cream trucks and food vendors line the streets for snacks, but you can bring your own food and drinks....

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  • Why the boardwalk of course!

    Not just nightlife, but daylife as well. Any trip to Wildwood has to include the famous boardwalk, 2 miles of fun. Jumbo's and Joe's Fish Co. restaurants provide an opportunity to relax, people watch and grab a drink if you choose. Awesome food, curly fries, rides, Xtreme rides, waterparks, games, t-shirts, and don't forget to "Watch the tram car...

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  • good food, view and a good time

    We were recomended to this restaurant and were very pleased. There was something for everyone. It is right on the water with huge glass windows. The atmosphere is a cross between sports bar and maryland style crab house. There are bars, outside seating and a great gameroom for the kids. The service was great and the food was awesome. It felt like...

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Wildwood Transportation

  • Arriving at the Jersey Shore by Air

    Most people visit the New Jersey shore towns by driving there, but some do arrive by air. The closest airport is the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) whose title seems to be a bit of a misnomer as it serves mainly US flights and even then only a few airlines. However, it's main carrier, Spirit Airlines, has connecting routes to several...

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  • Dolly the Trolley

    FREE FREE FREE! Dolly the Trolley runs Thursday thru Sunday, 5pm til 11pm, from 26th Street to Cresse Avenue and back again, on Atlantic and Pacific Avenues. Doo the Loop! Eat, Drink, Shop! FREE FREE FREE!

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  • Where Did I Park?

    Parking in Wildwood is a challenge, but once you find that elusive spot, how do you find your car again after a day at the beach? (1) Don’t ignore the obvious… look at the street names at the nearest corner. (2) If your memory is as bad as mine, write down the names of the streets (or take a picture with your digital camera). (3) Walk straight...

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Wildwood Shopping

  • More Than Just Wicker Furniture

    One of the stores we visited frequently when trying to find unique but frugally-priced nautical/beach items for our shore place was Warehouse Wicker. Quite different from most shops you'll find in town or on the boardwalk, Warehouse Wicker is a strange mix of levels, nooks and crannies, unfinished walls, and both wooden and concrete floors. It's...

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  • Christmas all year long!

    They have ornaments for every theme you can imagine, as well as jewelry, charms, coastal decor, holiday decorating items, candles (the store smells wonderful!), collectibles, art, and so much more. Nothing "tacky" or "cheesy", like many boardwalk souveniers. Three locations: Rio Grande (the original), Cape May and Wildwood, as well as online...

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  • Wicker and Home Decor

    Great store offering so much more than just wicker furniture. Lots and lots of baskets, lawn decor, beachy themed items, candles, magnets, souveniers, wall art, coastal artwork and plenty more. This is not a place to stop for a quick visit, you will want to browse. But it is called "Warehouse" Wicker for a reason, it is not a fancy place, just a...

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Wildwood Local Customs

  • Cheesesteak Hoagies

    Philly may be most famous for their cheesesteaks but in NJ, especially down the shore, we have cheesesteak hoagies. It's like fried chip steak with melted cheese on top but they you add lettuce, tomato, and raw onions with oil, vinegar and oregano. They are THE cure for a hangover for sure! ;)

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  • EVENTS AND LINKS FOR SUMMER...

    EVENTS AND LINKS FOR SUMMER '02:Cape May Zoo: http://www.gwcoc.com/attracts/park&zoo.htmCape May/Lewes Ferry: http://www.capemay-lewesferry.comMarbles Museum/Hall of Fame: http://www.enter.net/~iis/wildwood/history/museum.htmlNaval Airstation: http://www.usnasw.orgDooWop: http://www.doowopusa.orgOcean Drive: The 40-mile stretch of coastline from...

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  • Frozen custard is a dairy...

    Frozen custard is a dairy treat that was developed by Archie Kohr back in the late 1800's and was first available on the boardwalk in Coney Island, but soon spread to all the boardwalks at the Jersey Shore. The real secret is the addtion of egg yolks that gives it a super creamy texture. When on the boards, do drop by Kohr Bros.

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Wildwood Warnings and Dangers

  • SEAGULLS!!

    Don't feed them! Don't leave food out! They have swooped down and snatched sandwiches out of people's hands on the beach. They will follow you down the boardwalk as you try to walk and eat your cheese fries. If you are sitting on the boardwalk eating your piece of pizza, and bend down to tend to your baby in the stroller, they will swoop down over...

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  • Safety Concern

    We were in the new nite club Flip Flopz and a man was randomly beaten to near death in the men's room. What makes this so scarey is that he was a tourist, like ourselves and he was elderly. I am not sure if the motive was robbery or just a senseless beating... but he was not conscious and bleeding from his ears when he was found alone on the men's...

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  • Don't burn your feet.

    Crucial: Do not forget your beach footwear. I highly recommend bringing good quality sandals that fasten securely to the foot such as Teva or Reef for two reasons. One is because the Boardwalk is several miles long and you will be walking quite a lot. The second reason is due to the size of the beach—to walk from the Boardwalk to the ocean is about...

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Wildwood Tourist Traps

  • Tourist souveniers

    Wildwood is full of tourist junk. All I can say is if you go to Wildwood, resist the urge to buy that sea-shell windchime (it's not made by natives-- it's made in China). Oh, and I can really see that you 'need' that mug with 'Wildwood' on it, when you've already got 6.000 mugs you don't use already. And really, what does a psychadelic Jimi Hendrix...

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  • The helicopter ride... 25$ for...

    The helicopter ride... 25$ for a 4 minute ride over the beach. I would advise you not to blink while on board or you may miss half the ride!

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  • This is one of the newer...

    This is one of the newer 'rides' on Morey's Pier. At $75 a pop, it's a bit of a trap, and this poor bloke seems up in the air about the whole thing.

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Wildwood What to Pack

  • Packing List

    In addition to your regular luggage, bring a small comfortable day backpack for one member of your family to carry everyone’s stuff. Don’t forget that you will be walking quite a lot- of course you don’t want to forget anything, but you also do not want to pack so much that you are bogged down. If plan to ride a roller coaster, you can’t take your...

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  • Don't forget this...

    Mosquito Repellent, antibacterial wipes, and tissue (at all times) just in case you get dumped on by one of those sea gulls while your on the boardwalk. Make sure to bring your waterproof camera for great shot while on the beach and in the ocean. Remember to bring the boogie board.

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  • What to bring!

    Dont bring too many bags-if you can bring one big one you're sorted. Theres a lot of lugging aroung trying to get from New York to the final destination,ie. youre new home in wildwood!! And the heat wont help matters any! Dont do like I did, and assume therell be great shops to buy summer clothes bikinis and stuff-there isnt. Bring loadsa shorts,...

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Wildwood Off The Beaten Path

  • Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation...

    Of all the many times we have been to Wildwood and the surrounding area, we have yet to visit the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, also known as the Cape May Airport Aviation Museum. (Even I find this odd because I am interested in old planes -- my favorite is North American Aviation's P-51 Mustang which saw service during WWII and the...

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  • Atlantic City: not just gambling

    AC is only 45 minutes from Wildwood. It is a nice day trip for gamblers and non-gamblers too. Their boardwalk is different than Wildwood's, not as many rides but there's the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, the Rainforest Cafe on the Boardwalk at Trump Plaza, the Hard Rock Cafe, miniature golf, Convention Hall, and numerous places to eat. The...

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  • The Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ

    The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit educational and research facility focused on sustaining healthy wetlands and coastal ecosystems. They offer summer nature classes and lectures, crabbing and fishing lessons, kayaking tours, aquarium feedings, seashell identification, family nights and other special events. A calendar of monthly events is...

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Wildwood Favorites

  • Enjoy the beach and Boardwalk....

    Enjoy the beach and Boardwalk. Wildwood offers the best in both with wide white beaches and an elaborate Boardwalk that is fun during the day, but especially magical at night. There was a great club that only lasted one summer, called Streamers. They had this once a week special that was beyond a happy hour. You’d pay $2 to get in and the drinks...

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  • The Boardwalk

    A view of the boardwalk at the beginning of the summer. By mid-summer this place will be packed with bodies funning and sunning. This particular spot on the boardwalk, where it widens, is a common meeting place. It's between Morey's and Mariner's.

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  • Enjoy the Art Deco Architecture

    I dislike art deco architecture, but Wildwood is a haven for people who have a fondness for it. There are many fine examples all over town, especially the old motels and hotels

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