10 Kid-Friendly Things To Do in Wildwood

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The Wildwoods, a group of communities situated along the bay in South Jersey, {Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood, West Wildwood, and City of Wildwood} is a heart-achingly charming beach town where fun times are guaranteed. This Jersey Shore destination is a place that offers countless activities for families of every age and every taste, all year long. From the amusements of Morey’s Piers and the Wildwood Convention Center to weekly fireworks and bike riding on the boardwalk, let the refreshing sea breeze, famously long, sandy beaches, and world-renowned boardwalk piers help your family make new summertime memories for years to come.

Here are Wildwood, New Jersey’s Best Activities for Families:

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1. Wildwood Beaches

If your family visits Wildwood during the summertime, don’t miss out on the opportunity to spend a relaxing day on the beach. Unlike many towns in New Jersey, The Wildwoods’ beaches are completely free to access. After soaking up the sun, taking a dip in the ocean will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. A sand dune system operates to preserve the beauty of this natural habitat to allow families to enjoy this activity for years to come. As a bonus, many of Wildwood’s beaches are dog friendly, making this a true activity for your whole family. 

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2. Biking on the Boardwalk

Not only is riding a bicycle on the boardwalk a blast, but most of Wildwood’s attractions can be reached quickly with the added bonuses of getting some exercise and enjoying spectacular views at your own speed. Don’t have a bike? Not a problem. Bike rentals are available on and off the boardwalk at various locations. Try renting a surrey bike to cruise along the boards with your whole family. Please note: from Memorial Day to Labor Day, bikes are only permitted on the boardwalk until 11AM. Also at 11AM every morning, The National Anthem is played on the boardwalk followed by the famous Tram Car service where tourists from all over the world hop aboard for only a few dollars, to sight-see.

FCJ Bikes, 1600 Boardwalk, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Crest Bike Rental, 500 E Heather Rd, Wildwood, NJ 08260
D R Bradley’s Bike Rentals, 500 E Rambler Rd, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260

3. Shopping & Dining

All it takes for family seaside shopping and dining experiences is a stroll down the boardwalk. From gifts and clothing to souvenirs and toys, there are enough unique stands to peak anybody’s curiosity for an entire afternoon of shop-hopping. If your feet (and little ones) need a break from all the excitement, enjoy a filling breakfast, grab a slice of pizza, or sip on an iced coffee to refill your batteries at one of the many local Wildwood restaurants and cafes in the area.

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4. Weekend Kick-off Fireworks {every week!}

There’s no better way to celebrate the start of the weekend by kicking off your family’s Friday night with fireworks on the beach. Every Friday evening in the summer at 10PM, a free fireworks display is performed to a musical score that is projected along the boardwalk and simulcast on 98.7 The Coast. The show can be enjoy from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods, although the best location is on the beach at Pine Avenue.

5. The Wildwoods Convention Center

This center for kid-friendly events, conventions, special meet-ups, and live performances is one of the most popular venues on the boardwalk. Hosting exciting shows such as the Harlem Globetrotters, WWE Live Summerslam, and Beatlemania, sports and music-loving families can always snag tickets to a show of their interest.

6. Classic Boardwalk Arcades

Whether you’re a video game-lover or if you enjoy testing your luck on a crane machine, practically nobody can resist stopping at one of the many classic arcades along the boardwalk for some skeeball, dancing games, PacMan, chance games, driving simulators, and of course – prizes! There are plenty of different arcades to choose from, but my family’s favorite is Gateway 26 in North Wildwood, which boasts the largest collection of video games on the boardwalk.
Morey’s Piers.

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With hundreds of rides situated on three amusement parks, Morey’s Piers attracts families from all over the world. “Swing to new heights” at Mariner’s Pier on classic rides including Tea Cups, Bumper Cars, and the Giant Ferris Wheel. Surfside Pier is home to the most extreme rides, including the 60-foot Kong and The Gret Nor’easter suspended roller coaster. The Great White wooden roller coaster and even helicopter rides are ready for your family to experience on Adventure Pier. Ice cream, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and delicious lemonade stands are scattered throughout all three piers for a memorably cool experience that both kids and adults will love – not to mention family-favorite restaurants like Joe’s Fish Co., Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar & Grill, and Jake’s Shakes.

8. Beachfront Water Parks

Raging Waters Water Park and Ocean Oasis Water Park & Beach Club are both located directly on the beach that are sure to entertain the little ones with countless fun-filled water activities. With thrilling features like Rocket Raft Run and Shotgun Falls, kids can exercise their sense of adventure alive while mom the relaxes at the adult and child-friendly pools River Adventure. If you plan your vacation to Wildwood in advance, purchase your wristbands online; you can find the best deals in December, during the annual holiday sale.

9. Miniature Golf

Playing miniature golf as a family is a Jersey Shore tradition, and there is no shortage of courses throughout Wildwood. Mini golf is a great way to spend quality time with the whole family over a goal-oriented activity. Make it a challenge to try every mini golf course in the Wildwoods and choose which has the best water features, most challenging holes, and unique decorations
Starlux Mini Golf, 4800 Ocean Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Wildwood Mini Golf, 447 W Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260
Dragon’s Layer Mini Glow Golf, 3616 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260

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We all know ice cream brings people together, and there’s no sweeter way to end a perfect day in Wildwood than a quick stop to Lizzy’s. My family and I don’t consider the weekend complete unless we grab a sweet treat there. There are three locations in Wildwood, you’ll be able to spot the shops easily as they’re painted with bright flamingo decor. In addition to their delicious ice cream, gelati, and water ice, try specialty items including Dizzy Lizzy’s Specialty Sunday, Betty’s Brownie Blast, and the famous Belgian Waffles.
Three convenient locations to choose from:
405 E 10th St, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
1810 New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
6305 New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood, NJ 08260 

There is so much more to discover in Wildwood: festivals, bars, events. What I want you to do is come and experience these adventures for yourself. Explore it, enjoy it, let it surprise you, and I promise your family will want to come back again and again – the way my family does.

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Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Alessandra moved to New Jersey for love. This mother of one little angel (soon to be two!) has a passion for history, good manners, books, vintage treasures, and old-fashioned houses. Though she lives in the countryside, Alessandra spends most weekends in her beloved Wildwood with her family.

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