Wildwood Travel Guide

Summers should be full of laughter, sunshine, fireworks, and lazy days spent on the beach. If you’re looking for a summer destination with a great blend of entertainment and sandy beaches, look no further than Wildwood. For decades families have been hitting the Jersey shore, and specifically Wildwood, for its legendary beaches and boardwalk. If you think Wildwood might be out of your budget, let VacationRentals.com tempt you with a range of options.

What to Do in Wildwood

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Under the Golden Sun—Daytime Activities

Many people plan Wildwood vacations to enjoy the local beaches. With a reputation for having some of the widest beaches on the Jersey shore, Wildwood has long been attracting families for the pleasures of its sand and surf. Beyond sunbathing, building sand castles, and splashing around there are plenty of ways to enjoy the summer weather in Wildwood.

Start your day out with a deep sea fishing expedition or exciting boat tour. There are many opportunities for quality family time during Wildwood vacations including parasailing, kayaking, crabbing, speed boat rides, and jet ski tours. Spend some time laughing together this summer and make some great memories. With all the money you’ll save on Wildwood vacation rentals versus a hotel, you might be able to splurge on a few treats for the kids. Local water parks are one of the most fun options—from water slides to wave pools to the lazy river, your kids will splash around from morning until night. Splash Zone Waterpark is right on the boardwalk and gives kids the opportunity to cut loose!

Once the Sun Has Set—Nighttime Entertainment

Wildwood vacations are just as famous for their nighttime entertainment as for their beaches. Wildwood is home to one of the best boardwalks in New Jersey and beyond. It stretches for two whole miles, providing an incredible range of entertainment, amusements, arcades, games, and food. Every Friday night during the summer, free fireworks light up the night sky. Take a break from the rides and roller coasters on the amusement piers to watch the colorful display. Treat the kids to a funnel cake, cotton candy, or ice cream cone and sit out together to watch the fireworks.

Top attractions on the boardwalk include the Can Am Raceway, Formula One Racers, Ed’s Funcade, Gateway 26, Grand Prix Go-Karts, and more. Mini golf is another favorite pastime of Wildwood vacations. Whether your family is competitive or not, why not give mini golf a try?

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Family Fun

If it’s a rainy day, you won’t have to spend all your time in Wildwood vacation rentals. The Strand Movie Theater is a popular rainy day option where you can bring the kids for a few hours of quiet entertainment. Another rainy day option is the arcade. Mariner’s Arcade is known for having the latest and greatest video games, and is air conditioned if it’s very hot outside. There are plenty of chances for your kids to show their creativity during Wildwood vacations as well. Head for Nickels Midway Pier where your kids can create their own designs with sand art or have tarot card readings. There are many different kinds of entertainment on the Wildwood boardwalk!

On a sunny day, climb aboard Wildwood’s famous tram car service for a sightseeing ride. Another fun family activity is provided by Old Time Photos. Dress up in costumes ranging from the 1920s to pirate gear and have your photograph taken. This keepsake will always remind you of quality family time!

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What to See in Wildwood

Local Landmarks

While the boardwalk is the top landmark in Wildwood, there are many other things to see as well. Some visitors only leave Wildwood vacation rentals for the beach or the boardwalk, but this would be a mistake. Take a ride on Dolly the Trolley, the free trolley service in downtown Wildwood, or visit the George F Boyer Historical Museum.

If you’re interested in historic sites, don’t miss the National Marbles Hall of Fame. For boat cruises, head to Schooner Island Marina and set sail at sunset for a memorable experience. Whale watching is popular as well, and Sightseer Enterprises can bring you on a 2–3 hour tour sharing their expertise on whales, dolphins, and other local wildlife. Other attractions are located on the boardwalk including the Strand Movie Theater, the Variety Casino, Stanley Sportland, and the Splash Zone Waterpark. Don’t miss the opportunity to rent bicycles and discover all the corners of Wildwood for yourself.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Wildwood

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Surf, Sand, and Shopping in Wildwood

There is a wide range of shopping choices in Wildwood. From boardwalk shops full of T-shirts and swimwear to jewelry stores with locally made pieces, you will find temptations around many corners. Don’t forget to bring home some gifts for friends and family!

If you need anything for the beach, stop at Beach Palace, Sand Jamm Surf Shop, Silen’s Shoes and Beachwear, or Wild Ocean Surf Shop. If you’re looking for antiques or home décor, keep your eye out for Welcome Home Antiques & Collectibles. Wildwood is full of gift shops galore including Boardwalk’s Best Gift & Variety Store, Eleanor’s Gifts, Grandview Gift Shop, and Westerland Hobbies. Chocolate and fudge are very popular in Wildwood. Bring some delicious treats home from Laura’s Fudge for a tasty reminder of your trip.

The Fantastic Restaurants of Wildwood

However cozy Wildwood vacation rentals are, it is essential to get out for a night or two and sample Wildwood restaurants. For every budget and every mood there will be a perfect match in Wildwood. If you have your heart set on outdoor dining, choose between Boathouse Restaurant, The Wharf, and Ocean View Grill. If you’re planning Wildwood vacations outside of the summer season, beware that not all restaurants will be open. Restaurants that stay open year-round include La Piazza Cucina Italiana, Dominic’s Place, and Blue Water Grille.

Some of the best food options will be found right on the boardwalk. If you’re planning your first trip to the Jersey shore, you must try the local favorite, funnel cake. Cotton candy, ice cream, pizza, and Italian sausage sandwiches are all favorites on the boardwalk as well. From corner delis to oyster bars, you will discover that people in New Jersey take their food very seriously!

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When to Visit Wildwood

The most popular time for Wildwood vacation rentals is the summer months. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day families from New Jersey and beyond flock to Wildwood to enjoy the sunny days and entertaining nights. If you’re traveling on a budget, you might find better rates in the shoulder season. April, May, September, and October are beautiful months to be in Wildwood. You will experience fewer crowds and will generally find most things more affordable.

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What to Bring to Wildwood

Wildwood vacations are all about quality family time. However your family likes to spend time together, make sure to pack all of the essentials to help you achieve this. If you are an active family, bring along a football or Frisbee for the beach. For ocean-loving families, don’t forget your snorkel equipment and boogie boards. The beach essentials are all you really need to enjoy a break in Wildwood. Once you pack your swimsuits, sunscreen, flip flops, beach chairs, and umbrella, you’ll be ready to enjoy the summer sunshine!

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Local Services in Wildwood

One thing visitors love about Wildwood is having everything they need in one place. Local services in Wildwood are excellent, and at their best during the summer months. Wildwood thrives on summer tourism, and therefore everything visitors need has developed over the last decades. From post offices to banks to affordable places to grab lunch, everything you need will be nearby in Wildwood.

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What to Know About Wildwood

Wildwood is one of three towns that make up The Wildwoods. The other two are Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. While these two are known for being quieter and more family-friendly, Wildwood is known as being in the center of the action. If you want to be close to the entertainment, plan on booking Wildwood vacation rentals. Another thing to remember is that some restaurants in New Jersey operate under a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy. This may help to make your evening meal all the more affordable, and delicious, when you bring along a special bottle of wine.

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Getting to Wildwood

Wildwood is located along the Jersey shore and is easy to reach with the New Jersey parkway. Take exit 4B and you have arrived at this seaside destination. A car will provide convenience if you want to explore nearby areas, including beautiful Cape May. If you are arriving by air, nearby airports include Philadelphia or Atlantic City. From these airports, it is possible to rent a car.

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Why Wildwood vacation rentals?

Vacations are made sweeter by added convenience. If you’re planning a beach getaway, of course you will want cold drinks and snacks nearby. A barbeque where you can do some outdoor cooking is another bonus. Skip a crowded hotel in favor of a vacation rental where you can spread out and really relax. After an entertaining night on the boardwalk you’ll be glad to return to your peaceful vacation rental!

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