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11 Fun Things To Do In Wildwood, New Jersey

Updated on January 10, 2017
Wildwood Boardwalk fun, a great place for a vacation...
Wildwood Boardwalk fun, a great place for a vacation... | Source

Start Your Vacation In Wildwood

If you are getting ready to take a vacation or just looking for something fun filled and exciting to do, why not choose Wildwood, New Jersey. Take a look at the list below to begin your adventure. Wildwood, New Jersey has a population of about 5,500 during the off season. The fun really begins during the peak season when about 250,00 people start pouring in for a really exciting time. Peak season begins in the spring and keeps going strong until the fall.

To start things off why not check out the Earth Cam on the beach to see what is going on right now on the boardwalk.


1. Climb the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. Browse the charming 19th century lighthouse, the Lighthouse was listed in the National Registry of Historic places on September 20, 1977. It has a lovely garden and expansive gift shop. And a beautiful view of the ocean, you can learn a lot about the early history of Wildwood New Jersey right here at the lighthouse. You will find the historic Lighthouse in the Village of Anlesea, North Wildwood New Jersey.

2. Grab a surfboard, or body board and go surfing. Surfing is great all year long. Maybe a little nippy in the winter months, however, the prime surf season in New Jersey occurs during the fall months. A warm full suit with booties, gloves and a hood are all you need if you want to stay warm from the chilly Atlantic ocean. If your are looking to buy surfing goodies the surf shops are plenty. You cannot miss them.

3. Go beach combing. Grab yourself a basket or a beach bag and wander the oceans edge for treasures of all kinds. You might find shells, starfish, pretty stones and who knows what other little treasures you might dig up. Go slow, be extra patient, and look carefully, dig into the sand and investigate the shores of Wildwood. Beware though, keep your eyes open for those pesky jellyfish.

4. Take a jog or leisurely walk along the 2 mile stretch of the Wildwood boardwalk. The view is unquestionably beautiful. At night it is like a mini Mardi Gras with all the lights and the bells ringing like a carnival throughout the boardwalk. The 38 block boardwalk has more rides than Disneyland, everything from kiddie rides to looping, and world-class roller coasters. You can find shopping, souvenirs and plenty to eat on the boardwalk anytime of day or night.

5. Pack up your beach gear, pack a cooler full of soft drinks, snacks and head off to the unbeatable Wildwood beach. Lounge in the warm glow of the sunshine. The lush blue ocean view, relaxing to sounds of a gentle ocean breeze. Don't forget to bring your sunscreen along, you don't want to spoil your fun with a bad sunburn. Access to the beach is always free. Wildwood was chosen Number 1 in the Top 10 Family Beaches by the New Jersey Star-Ledger. Enjoy a beach adventure you soon won't forget.

6. There are 3 amazing fun filled water parks in Wildwood, pick one or all three. Grab the family and all your friends for a day of fun in the sun.

http://www.splashzonewaterpark.c om/ Many of the water parks have specials and an abundance of family activities for everyone in your group to enjoy. Pick one and let the world be your oyster.

7. Take a whale watching cruise. Look for humpback whales and fin back whales, sea birds, and dolphins. This is one of the most amazing activities that should be experienced by anyone who enjoys seeing ocean life up close Nature at it's best. http://www.jjcboats.com Cruising the Atlantic ocean looking for sea life is an experience like no other.

8. Play a challenging game of Mini-Golf. With about eight different miniature golf establishments, you have a wide arena to choose from. There are several on the boardwalk, and many more scattered throughout Wildwood. These courses are not your tiny little Mini-Golf courses, they have 18 hole courses with themes of various paths for exciting challenges. Many are also climate controlled, so come rain or shine.

9. Go deep sea fishing. There are over 100 party boats making daily trips to the Ocean Fishing Grounds. , Boats leave daily full day (at 8 a.m. and return about 4 p.m.) and half-day (8 a.m. to 12 noon/1 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Fishing trips are available at most docks. Night fishing is also available.

10. Visit The Wildwood Historical Museum. Called the FunChase, The George F. Boyer Museum has vintage photos, artifacts and memorabilia, depicting the different centuries of Wildwood, New Jersey from it's merger with Holly Beach City, to the present day. Wildwood Historical Society, Inc. 3907 Pacific Avenue, Holly Beach Mall, Wildwood, N. J. 08260 (609) 523-0277 It is an absolutely amazing fun place you won't want to miss.

11. And lastly enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner at one of the 400 restaurants Wildwood has to offer. There is every kind of food imaginable. Loads of fresh seafood of course, hot dogs, funnel cakes, pot handle chili, fish tacos, and so, so, much more. So begin planning your next vacation at the The Wildwoods of New Jersey. They offer days and nights of fun and celebration for folks of every age and interest.

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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      3 years ago from Washington MI

      I too love the lighthouses. I think the gardens add a great deal of beauty to the whole experience.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very interesting page. We made a stop in Wildwood while visiting lighthouses along the Jersey shore this summer. I really enjoyed Hereford Inlet light and the beautiful garden surrounding it.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      4 years ago from Washington MI

      Yes it is!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      4 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you Tammy. It is one of the best places to visit. So much to do.

    • sujaya venkatesh profile image

      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      great fun crazy

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      Tammy 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great tips! I went to Wildwood in my teens. By your list it seems that there are lots of new things to see and do. Great information! Pinned and shared. :)

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      Yes I agree it is a place not to be missed. I think it is one of the best places to revisit, I hope you have fun going back next summer.

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      Val Veeta 

      6 years ago

      Great primer on the Wildwoods. My family and I have been to dozens of beach towns up and down the East coast and we keep coming back to the Crest. You just can't beat that lovely wide beach. Can't wait to go back next summer.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you suzette, I am glad you enjoyed the article as much as I enjoyed writing it. The boardwalk is like no other that is for sure!

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      I grew up in NJ and going to Wildwood, NJ. I can attest to how fun it is. Great article - well written - it brings back a lot of memories for me. Beautiful photograph!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      I lived in Daytona Beach for several years but find that the smaller seaside towns are the BEST! And the with the ocean you can't go wrong in my book.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I love seaside towns in the off-season, too. The best thing about them, the ocean, is always there.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      I have been a few times and love it, I want to move there someday. Even when the tourists are gone I love it there.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      Growing up in NJ, Wildwood was a summer weekend destination for many families. It looks like it hasn't lost its attraction as a fun place for families to enjoy the oceanside.

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