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A Day Trip to the Beach in Wildwood New Jersey

Updated on March 24, 2013

Our Beach Trip to Wildwood New Jersey

Do you love the beach? I know I sure do! It's even better when you go at a time that isn't very crowded, which is what happened when we went to the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey on August 1, 2011.

This was my first time in New Jersey, and I was just as excited as the kids!

We had a nice day weather wise, with temps in the 90's and a light breeze. We strolled along the boardwalk and then hit the beach. The sky was a beautiful blue filled with white wispy clouds when we arrived, but turned a stormy gray right before we left the beach. In fact, we got caught in a terrible thunderstorm on the way back to our hotel.

We made it safely back to the hotel, but we hated for our day at the beach to come to an end.

All photos in this lens were taken by the author (one or two taken by my husband).

Where is Wildwood, New Jersey?

If you have never been, it's a great place to go with the family; even if you only make it there once. We were only in Wildwood for a day, but we had a great time!

A marker -
Wildwood, New Jersey 08260
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Dressed to Bowl!
Dressed to Bowl!

The Reason for Our Visit

We don't get to travel a lot, but the summer of 2011 led us to New Jersey.

Our two oldest daughters are competitive bowlers, and they qualified to bowl in a tournament there.

Our hotel was actually in Maple Shade, New Jersey; but because we were not too far from the ocean, we decided to find a beach near us and spend the day. Follow along to check out our day trip to the beach in Wildwood New Jersey.

Nice Weather!

The low temperature in Wildwood, New Jersey on August 1, 2011, was 75 degrees Fahrenheight; the high temperature was 93 degrees. There was a breeze around 9 - 10 miles per hour. It was a beautiful day!

The Boardwalk
The Boardwalk

Strolling Along the Boardwalk

Before going out to the beach, we strolled along the boardwalk. There are so many interesting shops to stop at, but because it was so hot when we arrived, we found a great place to stop. Check it out below.

This picture and my Polish water ice photos were taken with my cell phone.

Cooling Off!

Polish Water Ice Stand
Polish Water Ice Stand

This was one of our favorite stops on the boardwalk that day....the Polish Water Ice stand! It has a wonderful icy, fruity taste...perfect on a hot day!

Enjoying Polish Water Ice! - Perfect on a hot day!

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My youngest daughter loves cherry flavor!Cherry and Blueberry!Mikayla got blue too...it even turned her mouth blue in most of my pictures!
My youngest daughter loves cherry flavor!
My youngest daughter loves cherry flavor!
Cherry and Blueberry!
Cherry and Blueberry!
Mikayla got blue too...it even turned her mouth blue in most of my pictures!
Mikayla got blue too...it even turned her mouth blue in most of my pictures!

What's your favorite food on the boardwalk?

Cast your vote in this duel for Polish Water Ice, or another favorite food item you found on the boardwalk!

What is your favorite food item to get on the boardwalk?

carnival rides on the beach
carnival rides on the beach

Leaving the Boardwalk

After spending some time on the boardwalk, we decided it was time to head out to the ocean.

It was a pretty long walk, as you can see in the following pictures, but we got to see the carnival rides beside us and the beautiful view of the ocean stretching out in front of us.

We didn't have time to ride any rides though, but it would have been fun if we had time!

The Long Walk to the Ocean!

The Long Walk to the Ocean!
The Long Walk to the Ocean!

Still Walking!

Still Walking!
Still Walking!

Have You Been Here?

Seagulls on the beach
Seagulls on the beach

Have you ever been to the beach at Wildwood, New Jersey?

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The Camera I Used for All the Beach and Ocean Photos Below... - The Canon Powershot A3100 IS

You don't have to have an expensive camera to take great photos! I found this camera very easy to use, and it took great photos in the AUTO mode without me having to change any of the settings. One day I would love to have a DSLR camera (and learn to use it), but for now my little point and shoot camera suits me fine.

Canon PowerShot A3100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)
Canon PowerShot A3100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)

I am a very amateur photographer, but I do love to take photos. This camera was great on our trip and easy to use, especially with four kids in tow!

 

FINALLY....Made it to the ocean

wildwood NJ beach
wildwood NJ beach

Whew! Walking through all that sand sure gave us all a workout! I felt that walk for a couple of days afterward. It was well worth it though, as the beach and the waves were beautiful!

The Girls' First Time in the Ocean

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This was my smallest girls' first time in the ocean! They were so excited! Here they are bracing for a wave to hit them.Here they are after the wave hit...you can see the excitement all over their faces...priceless!In the shallow water closer to shore.Our youngest being hit by a wave.Another wave crashing in.My oldest daughter loved the ocean too!My next to oldest wading out into deeper water.
This was my smallest girls' first time in the ocean! They were so excited! Here they are bracing for a wave to hit them.
This was my smallest girls' first time in the ocean! They were so excited! Here they are bracing for a wave to hit them.
Here they are after the wave hit...you can see the excitement all over their faces...priceless!
Here they are after the wave hit...you can see the excitement all over their faces...priceless!
In the shallow water closer to shore.
In the shallow water closer to shore.
Our youngest being hit by a wave.
Our youngest being hit by a wave.
Another wave crashing in.
Another wave crashing in.
My oldest daughter loved the ocean too!
My oldest daughter loved the ocean too!
My next to oldest wading out into deeper water.
My next to oldest wading out into deeper water.

A Great Beach for Kids!

Easy for little ones to walk into the ocean
Easy for little ones to walk into the ocean

The beach at Wildwood was a great beach for the kids. It had a very gradual water entry where the water stayed shallow for a good bit. You could walk out at least 20 feet or more and the water was still barely above your ankles. The sand was very fine and smooth, with very few broken shells or foreign items in it. This made it very easy for the little ones to walk on the sand barefooted without hurting their feet.

Playing in the Sand

Playing in the Sand
Playing in the Sand

Dad Helping His Girls Make a Sandcastle

Dad Helping His Girls Make a Sandcastle
Dad Helping His Girls Make a Sandcastle

Hunting for Clams

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They found a small cup and used it to scoop up the clams so that they could watch how they buried themselves in the sand.Look, I found one!Digging through the sand.Clams under the waves
They found a small cup and used it to scoop up the clams so that they could watch how they buried themselves in the sand.
They found a small cup and used it to scoop up the clams so that they could watch how they buried themselves in the sand.
Look, I found one!
Look, I found one!
Digging through the sand.
Digging through the sand.
Clams under the waves
Clams under the waves

Here are a Few of the Clams the Girls Were Hunting

These tiny little clams were all over the place! Every time a wave came ashore, they washed up on the beach. You could see part of the clams sticking out of the shell, and they would grab hold of the sand and bury under it so fast it was amazing!

The girls had a small cup, and they would scoop up the sand so that they could watch the clams bury themselves again. It made for a great science lesson!

Me and my daughters

My husband snapped this shot of all 5 of us in the ocean. He doesn't like to swim, so he stayed on the beach.

A Storm Approaches! - Blues changed to grays.

wildwood nj beach before the storm
wildwood nj beach before the storm

The beach really changed as evening came, because a bad thunderstorm was approaching. The beautiful blue sky and white clouds were replaced with a lot of hazy grays, and the wind picked up speed. As you can tell from the photo, the waves at the shoreline were much rougher than when we first arrived. This unfortunately signaled our time to leave the beach.

Time to Leave...

I guess all good things must come to an end. I hope we can visit here again sometime!

Videos of Others Enjoying Wildwood, New Jersey

Here are a few videos of Wildwood, New Jersey from other people's perspective. Hear the waves of the Atlantic Ocean; the second video was made only 11 days after our visit.

Cool Beach Towels for Your Next Day at the Beach!

Scooby-Doo Scuba Beach Towel
Scooby-Doo Scuba Beach Towel

If you love Scooby Doo like me, this towel is awesome!

 
Egyptian Bedding Egyptian Cotton Jacquard Oversized Beach Towel, Turtle
Egyptian Bedding Egyptian Cotton Jacquard Oversized Beach Towel, Turtle

I think these turtles will be right at home on the beach!

 

Leave your comments here about Wildwood, New Jersey. You can explain why you voted the way you did in the poll, or just leave a comment about the lens in general.

Have you been to the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey? I would love to hear about it!

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      caketech 3 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: It was a great day. I agree, you just can't beat a day at the beach! Thanks :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      It looks like you and your family had a wonderful day, which means it was well worth that long walk. We always enjoy a day at the beach too.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I live in the northernmost part of New Jersey but have been to Wildwood and Cape May several times. Love the family memories you share here. I have wondered how the southernmost part of the shore weathered Hurricane Sandy. Have been more focused on the areas closer to us.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      No, I'm not really a beach bunny - I like the mountains! Great pictures and lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Time to take an outing in the beach, love the ocean.

      It reminded me of Goa, sunny beaches and cool ocean waves.

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      aparnaisme 4 years ago

      i love the beaches

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      jura 4 years ago

      Thi is a great lens but beaches where a live do not look thesame after huricane Sandy.

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      This is splendid lens.

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      Jordan 4 years ago

      I live the beach! This is the first picture of clams i have seen.Thank you

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      Pastor Cher 4 years ago from United States

      I grew up not far from there, so many memories at Wildwood and the other beaches of NJ. The boardwalk fries and pizza are great, but my favorite is the fudge. Guess you didn't get to hear any concerts.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I have spent many vacations in Wildwood, beginning as an infant. My husband had a hard time believing me when I told him how wide the beaches were until he saw it for himself (as you showed in your photos). What a great spot, and I have many, many wonderful memories! Thanks for giving me a smile!

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      Carol Houle 4 years ago from Montreal

      When I visited Wildwood beach I was awed by the great distance we had to walk to get to the ocean, not to mention all of the jellyfish on the shore. It reminded me of The Outer Banks, seemed like another planet.

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      It sounds like cliché, but beach in Wildwood is a great place to visit

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      fifta 4 years ago

      I have not been there. Your daughters definitely had a lot of fun in the beach!

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      worldflashpacker 4 years ago

      Never been, but the beach looks great.

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      fullofshoes 4 years ago

      My memories of visiting Wildwood go back many decades. However, I'll keep to myself all the fun things that occurred while there!!! :) Love this lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Very original and well-organized.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I love the beach - I've been to the Black Sea so far

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      step2mai 4 years ago

      I love the beach.

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      caketech 4 years ago

      @MusicMadness LM: Our family really enjoyed the Jersey shore...we hope we can make it back and stay longer next time! Lake Huron looks like a nice place to visit as well!

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      Love the beach . . . . just check out my profile pic, That's the Lake Huron shoreline in the background . . . Canadian side. I've never been to the Jersey shore, but I've always wanted to . . . one of these days.

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      Love the beach . . . . just check out my profile pic, That's the Lake Huron shoreline in the background . . . Canadian side. I've never been to the Jersey shore, but I've always wanted to . . . one of these days.

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      caketech 4 years ago

      @Vikk Simmons: Thank you! We did have a lot of fun! This was the first time I was able to make the "imminent" deadline. I am hoping I can come up with an idea for the next challenge!

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      caketech 4 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you! I had fun remembering all the fun we shared as a family.

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      caketech 4 years ago

      @poldepc lm: Thank you, and you are very welcome!

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      Blackspaniel1 4 years ago

      Great photos

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      caketech 4 years ago

      @Annamadagan: Thank you so much! I love reading your lenses as well...you have a wonderful talent for drawing people into your stories. Thanks for the blessing!

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      Annamadagan 4 years ago

      I've been to Ocean City New Jersey, but Wildwood looks like a beautiful place as well! Congratulations on making it to the Highlight Reel, I sadly did not make it. I loved reading about your personal experience at the beach! Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Not me, the only east coast beaches I've visited were on Cape Cod and Miami, but I enjoyed sharing your girls' first trip to the beach.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      What a great day all of you had. I think I've been to Wildwood when I was way younger. (I spent a lot of my growing up years in Philly.) Some of the photographs struck a chord. Congratulations on being featured in the reel this week and earning a Purple Star.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      what a beautiful lens...really "imminent"...thx for sharing

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      caketech 4 years ago

      @Blackspaniel1: Thank you! We made a lot of memories.