The Wildwoods, NJ – February 25, 2021 – The Wildwoods, NJ are filled with beautiful scenery, colorful neon lights, iconic buildings, quirky landmarks and signs that are found nowhere else in the world. It’s no wonder that vacationers are commonly seen taking and posting selfies everywhere they go; the Wildwoods have “Instagramability!”
The term “Instagramable” is used to describe an image or video that’s worthy of posting and sharing on Instagram, the popular social media platform that allows users to post photos as a means of self-expression, self-identity, and community building.
The Instagramable possibilities are endless in the Wildwoods; no other Jersey shore destination can compare! Just in case you plan to seek out those places and backdrops that are “musts” for selfies in the Wildwoods, here are some of our top suggestions:
Grand Gateway – Welcome to the Wildwoods! The first Instagramable location when visitors arrive in the Wildwoods is the fabulous Grand Gateway, a new visitor experience designed to greet visitors and launch them into vacation mode from the moment they arrive. As visitors make their way over the bridge and onto the island, they’re greeted by a ‘Welcome to the Wildwoods’ Doo Wop-style sign in the shape of a giant surfboard. With its vivid colors and lighting, it can be seen upon approach day or night, setting the tone for the fun that lies ahead. Visitors will also notice colorful beach ball bollards along the entranceway, leading straight to the world-famous Wildwoods sign; as well as a large LED electronic billboard in the shape of a wave set in the midst of a beach ball garden. The digital display features exciting events happening in the Wildwoods as well as other useful information for visitors.
The WILDWOODS Sign – Rio Grande and the Boardwalk Passing the Grand Gateway, head down Rio Grande Avenue towards the beach and you’ll find the iconic WILDWOODS sign, nine brushed aluminum letters and blue background letters that make up the 80-foot-long, 19-foot-high sign. Coined ‘the Hollywood sign of the East Coast’. with its brightly colored giant beach ball bollards and colorful pavers, the WILDWOODS sign has become the most photographed icon in the Wildwoods. It is an ideal backdrop for your selfies and photos plus a great setting for major outdoor events, weddings, class pictures, group and family photos,TV broadcasts and press conferences..
The Icon Wall Murals and Traffic Signal Boxes Representations of iconic people, who have positively represented the Wildwoods rich musical history, are displayed throughout the Wildwoods in a series of ‘Icon Wall Murals.’ The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Authority (GWTIDA) conceived of and developed the Icon Wall Murals project to beautify selected public spaces while heightening appreciation of how the Wildwoods have evolved over the decades into a living, breathing slice of Americana. Subjects of the three Icon Wall Murals include key individuals whose mark on the world-wide music scene was first indelibly made in the Wildwoods:
Bobby Rydell – Boardwalk at Roberts Avenue
Bill Haley & The Comets – Oak and Pacific Avenues
Chubby Checker – 3707 Pacific Avenue
Each of these musical icons has significantly contributed to Wildwoods’ colorful musical history and unique culture that has drawn people of all ages to this shore resort destination for generations.
The traffic signal boxes on each street corner on Rio Grande Avenue starting at the base of the George Redding Bridge all the way to the Wildwoods sign at the junction of Rio Grande Avenue and Ocean Avenue have been painted with scenes of the shore, each with a different theme and saying.
The Surftopia – Burk Avenue Beach (behind the Wildwoods Convention Center) Snap a selfie in front of Surftopia’s surfboard wall. Surftopia is an epicenter of surf culture with surf lessons, rentals, music, food, events and cool vibes.
North Wildwood Sand Dollar Wings – Beach at 5th Avenue Every day in North Wildwood, a beachgoer gets his or her wings, thanks to a unique sculpture. The Instagramable Sand Dollar Wings are made of approximately 350 sand dollars, inviting passersby to step in front of the wings and pose for a photo.
Of course, no visit to the beach would be complete without a selfie in front of the Wildwoods lifeguard boats and lifeguard stands or sitting atop the Oversized Wildwoods Beach Chair located at Wildwood Avenue Beach.
In front of Mack’s or Sam’s Pizza Pizza is truly Instagramable, especially when served on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. Mack’s Pizza and Sam’s Pizza are two of the South Jersey shore’s truly enduring traditions, each with over 60 years of Wildwoods history. A friendly rivalry has endured as fans of each proclaim their choice as the best pizza. Are you a Mack’s or a Sam’s fan? Mack’s has two locations on the boardwalk at Roberts and Wildwoods Avenue; you’ll find Sam’s on the boards at 26th Avenue.
Morey’s Piers Entrance Arch – Morey’s Mariners Pier, Schellenger Avenue There’s something about standing at the Entrance Arch at Morey’s Piers that gives you that “I have arrived” feeling. Snap a selfie in front of the entrance with all the rides in the background to remember that feeling and share it with your Instagram buddies as well.
Giant Wheel – Morey’s Mariners Pier, Schellenger Avenue
Walk through the Morey’s Piers Entrance Arch and straight to The Giant Wheel for more Instagramability. This beautifully lit Ferris wheel is one of the largest on the East Coast. At 156 feet in height, the Giant Wheel provides the best views of the island. Roller coasters look like ant hills; the ocean, a baby pool.
North Wildwood Arch – 16th Street & Boardwalk The North Wildwood Arch marks the beginning for many of a great adventure onto the two-mile Wildwoods wooden way, filled with fun food and surprises. Capture the moment – and the Arch’s message: “Through this arch walk the happiest people in the world.”
North Wildwood Sea Wall – John F. Kennedy Beach Drive View a beautiful sunrise off the ocean, with no obstructive view, at the North Wildwood Sea Wall. Snap a selfie or portrait of this natural wonder before enjoying a fun-filled day in the Wildwoods.
Tramcars and/or Gigi the Tramcar Conductor Tramcars can be easily spotted all day long on the Wildwoods’ Boardwalk, and you’ll likely hear them first as they chant “Watch the Tramcar Please!” as they travel the wooden way. A trip to the Wildwoods is not complete without a selfie in front of one of these iconic trams. If you’re really lucky, you just might spot Gigi and his personalized Tramcar, the Gig. A Tramcar operator for nearly 30 years, Gigi has local celebrity status at this destination, so if he’s not too busy, say hi and snap a socially distanced selfie before he moves on to his next stop.
Doo Wop Experience Museum Neon Sign Garden – Burk and Ocean Avenues The front entrance to the Doo Wop Experience Museum is adorned with vintage neon signs from the Wildwoods and 50’s style bicycles, making this a great selfie stop. The museum celebrates the mid-century architecture, culture and music known as Doo Wop including The Jukebox Cafe, a 50s-style malt shop complete with period furniture, some of the best-known resort signs, historic photos; and the Neon Garden, a showcase for the famous neon signs of the era.
Caribbean Motel – 5600 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest
The Wildwoods offer the largest collection of mid-20th century architecture in the country, known as Doo-Wop Architecture. The Caribbean Motel is just one of many fine specimens. First opened to vacationers in 1957 and celebrating its 62nd year of continuous operation in 2019, the restored, renovated, and re-invented Caribbean Motel stands as a living monument to a magical era in our Nation’s history – a taste of pure Americana, you might say, with a 21st century tropical twist!
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse & English Gardens – 2nd Street & Central Avenue in North Wildwood The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is an historic landmark with picturesque, award-winning English gardens that are open to the public and free to stroll through.
Wildwood Crest Fishing Pier to Nowhere – Heather Road and Boardwalk The Wildwood Crest Fishing Pier once stood over ocean water, offering anglers the chance to sit back and catch as many fish as they could carry. But due to the ever-growing beach around it, it now stands over sand, with not a fish in sight. It’s a fun and scenic spot to explore and capture photos on your phone to share and entertain your Instagram fans with its irony and beauty.
Wildwood Crest Sunset Lake – New Jersey and Miami Avenues
Into spectacular sunsets? We’ve got them at Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest. Stand aside for these Instagramable moments, as the sun reflects off the lake and slowly sinks into the Western horizon.
An additional Instagramable hot spot is the giant Bike Sculpture at the Rambler Road Bike Path.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WildwoodsSelfie when posting to social media of your time in the Wildwoods. We look forward to seeing your favorite Instagramable moments during your visit here!
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com.