As the weather warms up, city-goers are looking to escape the crowds and seek rejuvenation in the serene beaches and outdoor life of the New Jersey Shore.
As the weather warms up, city-goers are looking to escape the crowds and seek rejuvenation in the serene beaches and outdoor life of the New Jersey Shore. As the most-visited family vacation destination at the Jersey Shore, the Wildwoods offer the perfect location for either an adventurous or a relaxing getaway for outdoor-loving travelers.
Many are still hesitant to vacation in larger cities, and instead, are looking for a more intimate vacation experience that features open outdoor spaces and options to keep a physical distance from other vacationers. The Wildwoods offer five miles of outdoor fun and excitement and serve as the perfect shore destination for any traveler looking to escape the cities and enjoy the great outdoors!
The Wildwoods have endless opportunities for adventurers to get outside and enjoy the fresh air; from sunbathing on its spacious FREE beaches, to enjoying numerous water sports and activities; to leisurely bike riding on the Boardwalk and throughout the island; and much more.
In search of some peace on the beach? Soak up the sun and enjoy the calming effects of ‘Beach Therapy’ on the Wildwoods’ FREE, clean and spacious beaches. The beaches are the ideal location to clear the mind, escape the chaos and crowds, and recharge in the fresh salt air, away from all the hustle and bustle of large cities. Relaxation is inevitable on the Wildwoods beaches; but if you’re looking for something with a little more adventure, take part in the many beach and watersport activities available on the island. With boating, jet skiing, kayaking, boogie boarding, surfing and more, the open water serves as the perfect spot for rejuvenation, relaxation, and adventure.
Fishing & Crabbing
Fishing and crabbing are another favored seashore pastime. They are a great way to have outdoor fun and enjoy the serene nature of the island. A fishing pier on the Intracoastal Waterway – known locally as “the back bay” – at Sweetbriar Road in Wildwood Crest is a popular fishing spot for island natives and visitors alike. There are plenty of beaches along Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood where fishing enthusiasts gather to surf fish. Crabbing is common in the tidal marsh areas along the west side of the island. Those looking to catch their evening crab feast are frequently spotted along the wetlands area entering the island; at street ends; or on docks along the back bay.
The Wildwoods are also home to a bike route that allows visitors to get outdoors and get some exercise to bike, skate and walk; all while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Wildwoods. The bike route spans most of the island’s perimeter, taking visitors around the entire island – through the island’s Doo-Wop district, on the famous Boardwalk, on bike paths alongside the beautiful beaches, and past the historic 135-year-old Hereford Inlet Lighthouse. Enjoy a leisurely family bike ride starting at the southern end of the island on the Wildwood Crest Dunes Bike Path, then up onto the Wildwoods’ Boardwalk for a 2.5-mile ride past amusement piers, waterparks, attractions, shops, arcades, carnival games and eateries to the North Wildwood Muhlbury Bike Path to the Sea Wall. The Wildwoods have coined the phrase ‘bikeability’ to capture all the amazing biking opportunities across the island. Forget to bring your bike? No problem! – the Wildwoods have many bike rental shops spread throughout the island.
If an escape to nature is what you’re looking for, the Wildwoods have just what you need. Wildlife is abundant in the Wildwoods, and nature-lovers can witness shore birds and fish as well as lots of local marine life. Witness shore birds like the black skimmer, piping plover, swallow, osprey, and peregrine falcon in their natural habitats, and see the local marine ecosystem in the Wildwoods bays and marshes.
Just a short drive outside of the Wildwoods, there are even more opportunities to explore and reconnect with nature. The marshy wetlands located between Wildwood and the mainland are a favorite spot for crabbing. Those looking to catch their evening crab feast are frequently spotted along the wetlands area entering the island; at street ends; or on docks along the back bay. Nearby, Cape May Point is another favorite, full of local wildlife and nature walks. Additionally, the Cape May County Park and Zoo is just a short drive outside of the Wildwoods, for anyone wanting to see some not-so local wildlife.In addition to fishing charters, there are several sightseeing boats in the Wildwoods, each with a captain well-versed in the local marine environment and all with a near-perfect record for finding schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and often whales that make the local waters their home in the summer.
Build Your Vacation
Virtually plan out your vacation in the Wildwoods with the interactive Trip Builder tool at WildwoodsNJ.com. Simply select your favorite events and attractions and save them to an itinerary at the push of a button. You can organize your trip from your computer, tablet, or smartphone so you can make the most of your vacation. And there are over 8,000 hotel-motel rooms and over 3,000 vacation rentals to choose from to fit anyone’s budget.
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