North Wildwood Travel Guide

After a long winter, you deserve some sun and fun during the summer months! If you’re looking for a place to bring your family along the Jersey shore, North Wildwood vacation rentals could be the perfect fit for you. Known for incredibly wide, sandy beaches, North Wildwood is more family-friendly than its neighbor, Wildwood. Go ahead, take a peak on VacationRentals.com to catch a glimpse of where you could be putting your feet up this summer!

What to Do in North Wildwood

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Sun, Sand, and Surf

The number one reason people plan vacations to North Wildwood is the beach. Every year between Memorial Day and Labor Day families make an annual pilgrimage to enjoy the sun and sand of the Jersey Shore. Located in Cape May County at the southern edge of the state, North Wildwood is known for its wide beaches and gentle surf. Bring the beach toys along and challenge your kids to a sandcastle building contest. The boogie boards will come in handy to keep your kids occupied at the water’s edge. Snorkel gear will equal hours of entertainment and don’t forget the Frisbee or football for an afternoon game of catch.

If you’re looking for some thrills, rent a jet ski and take to the water. If your kids need to burn off some energy, kayaking and boating are fun options as well. The marina in North Wildwood is also a popular place for fishing. Wake up early at North Wildwood vacation rentals and plan a family fishing expedition your kids won’t soon forget!

Family Fun and Entertainment

Beyond the sun and sand, entertainment is what people love about the Jersey shore. From amusement parks to water slides to games on the boardwalk, a trip to North Wildwood will leave the kids feeling like they had the best summer vacation yet. There’s no better place to cool off than a water park. The local favorite is Ocean Oasis Waterpark & Beach Club. Get ready for a day of splashing around and thrilling water slides at this water park. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Family fun continues after the sun goes down as well. Challenge your kids to a game of miniature golf at Gilligan's Island Mini Golf or get ready for some speed at Formula One Racers or Super Karts on the boardwalk. The famous Wildwood Boardwalk starts at 16th Avenue in North Wildwood and extends for 36 blocks of fun and entertainment.

The Local Flavor

Many people choose North Wildwood vacation rentals because they are quieter and more family-friendly than neighboring beach towns. There is also a distinct local flavor to this neighborhood, including historical attractions that are worth a visit. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is open to visitors 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
A trip to the Jersey shore and the boardwalk wouldn’t be complete without letting the kids run wild in the arcade. Let them spend their hard-earned allowance money on a day of fun at one of North Wildwood’s arcades including Gateway 26 or Ed’s Funcade. Get some exercise during your family vacation with bike rentals. One of the most popular ways to see the coast is by bicycle. From single bikes to family bikes, you will be able to find an affordable rental that is perfect for you. Pack a picnic and pick a sunny spot to enjoy the views.

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What to See in North Wildwood

Local Landmarks

The Wildwood Boardwalk is one of the best in the state. Beginning in North Wildwood, the Boardwalk extends two miles along the shoreline and features three action-packed piers full of rides, games, and food. Six roller coasters are here to keep the kids entertained!

In nearby Wildwood, there is a new Convention Center that is home to concerts, exhibitions, and events all year long. If you’ve made a reservation for North Wildwood vacation rentals, take a look at the Convention Center to see what is on the schedule during your trip. There’s plenty more to do and see beyond local-favorite activities such as fishing or crabbing in North Wildwood. From boat cruises to go-karts and a historic lighthouse to water parks, your summer days will be full of entertainment.

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Where to Shop and Eat in North Wildwood

The Latest Sunscreen: Shopping

Give your skin a break and get out of the sun to enjoy local shopping. If you forget any of your beach essentials you will be spoiled by choices in North Wildwood. You will find everything from surf shops to bookstores in this beach town. Before you know it North Wildwood vacation rentals could be full of shopping bags from local stores. For bathing suits and beachwear, look no further than Bikini Village, Woody’s Skate and Surf Shop, and the North Wildwood Shirt Shop.

Beyond beachwear, North Wildwood has other shopping choices. The chocolate craze is evident by the sheer number of shops: the Fudge Kitchen, Laura’s Fudge, and Mallin’s Fudge. If you need a new beach read, stop into the Lamb Bookstore. If you need a gift for someone at home, choose the Dolphin Gift Shop.

Summer Flavors in North Wildwood

While having a kitchen in North Wildwood vacation rentals is convenient for keeping snacks and drinks at hand, you will also want to go out and sample North Wildwood restaurants. For every budget and taste there is a restaurant match in North Wildwood.

You must try some local specialties during your trip to the Jersey shore. New Jersey is known for its breakfasts and brunches, so get up early one day to see what a New Jersey breakfast consists of. Fresh seafood, funnel cakes on the boardwalk, refreshing ice cream—it’s all on offer in this beach town!

Another of summer’s pleasures is eating outside. Enjoy outdoor dining at Sunset Bay Restaurant or Crab Island. Not all restaurants in North Wildwood are open all year long, so if you’re traveling outside of the summer season, you may find some restaurants closed. Places that remain open year-round include Casey’s on 3rd and Dolce Italia.

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When to Visit North Wildwood

The most popular time for North Wildwood vacation rentals is the summer months. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, weekends especially, are packed with families looking to enjoy the sun and surf. If you don’t mind the summer crowds, go ahead and make a reservation during this time period. If you aren’t bound by school schedules, it might be best to plan a trip outside of the summer months.

In the spring months of April and May, the beach is very pleasant for long walks and bicycle rides. The autumn months of September and October can be almost summery, and you will have the entire beach to yourself. The winter months are very quiet, but if you’re looking for a peaceful retreat, go ahead and enjoy the serenity of a beach rental in the winter time!

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What to Bring to North Wildwood

A trip to North Wildwood will be just like the vacations of your childhood. Spend time with your family throwing some hot dogs on the barbecue and watching the stars come out at night. Anything you forget to pack will be available at the local surf shops and grocery stores. Pack your beach essentials including bathing suits, sunscreen, and flip flops. To get cozy on the beach, bring your own beach chairs, and umbrella, fluffy towels, and a cooler for cold drinks. Throw in your bag the things that help you to relax, whether that is a good book or some soothing music. Remember some entertainment for the kids; beach toys, footballs, Frisbees, and snorkeling equipment will keep them occupied on the beach for hours!

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Local Services in North Wildwood

North Wildwood is a town that has developed around summer tourism. This means that during the summer months, local services will be at their best, providing any basics and much more that visitors will need. If you visit during the off season, expect some stores and restaurants to have limited hours while others will be closed. All of your basic services including banks, post offices, and grocery stores will be readily available in North Wildwood.

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What to Know About North Wildwood

This area of the Jersey shore is known as the Wildwoods. It is divided into three sections: North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and Wildwood. Each of these beach towns has its own reputation. North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest are known for being more family friendly than bustling Wildwood. If you’re looking for nightlife, choose Wildwood. For peace and quiet, stick to either North Wildwood or Wildwood Crest. Remember too that many restaurants in New Jersey are BYOB (bring your own bottle) so pack along a favorite bottle to accompany your meal!

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Getting to North Wildwood

All of the beach towns along the Jersey shore are accessible by the New Jersey parkway. Exit 6 on the Parkway will bring you to North Wildwood. Most people arrive by car, which helps to be independent during your stay. If you are arriving by air, nearby airports include Atlantic City and Philadelphia. Car rentals are available at both airports.

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Why North Wildwood vacation rentals?

In order for your whole family to relax, everyone needs a bit of space to themselves. This just isn’t a possibility in cramped hotel rooms. Make your summer vacation one to remember by choosing North Wildwood vacation rentals. The convenience, privacy, and :home away from home" atmosphere will leave you planning trips to the Jersey shore year after year!

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