Sunday, May 22, 2022

"Kelly Drives" to feature East Side Surf Shop this Thursday on Fox29



Fox29's Bob Kelly has been all over the Wildwoods the past few days, visiting businesses, touring the Boardwalk and driving the first Sightseer Tram Car route of the 2022 season!

This Thursday, May 26, Kelly will feature East Side Surf Shop (2701 Boardwalk) on his "Kelly Drives" segment on Fox29 at 6:30 pm.

The piece will take viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of East Side's flagship store.

Each week, Kelly travels around the region to showcase new and exciting places to visit. "Kelly Drives" will include at least one business every week during the summer months.

Featuring three locations on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, East Side Surf Shop is a unique retail concept mixing designer eyewear and headwear with skate, street, surf and lifestyle clothing and accessories.

In addition to the flagship store, the East Side Sunglass Store is located at 3407 Boardwalk and a third outlet can be found inside the Boardwalk Mall at Garfield Avenue.

For more info and to shop online, visit East Side Surf Shop's official website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Friday, May 20, 2022

The Wildwoods host return of PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic - Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5


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THE WILDWOODS - The PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic will serve up some top-notch volleyball action on the Wildwoods beaches - Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5

Featured courts will be located at Morey's Piers' PigDog Beach Bar, located on the beach at Mariner's Landing Pier, with additional courts on the Schellenger Avenue and Lincoln Avenue beaches. Teams of two will compete in various divisions based on age and skill level, while teams of six participate in a recreational division.

The PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic was brought to the Wildwoods by Great American Volleyball, which was established in 2002 and developed into one of the premier volleyball tours in the country and the largest on the eastern seaboard. The organization that started with just a few beach volleyball tournaments has now grown into having a full season of beach and grass tournaments, leagues for players of every experience level and youth programs at locations all over the state of New Jersey.

Top level players will compete for prize money and all lower divisions play for merchandise prizes. In addition, Sunday's junior division winners will earn bids to Association of Volleyball Professionals of America Junior Nationals. Play begins at 9 am and ends at 6 pm each day.

On Sunday, June 5, anyone can form a team with their family, friends or coworkers to take part in the Recreational Coed 6s division. Spectators are welcome to view the event free of charge.

For more information, call 732-778-9684 or visit GreatAmericanVolleyball.com.

For additional info about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

The Beach Boys to bring "Sixty Years of the Sounds of Summer" to the Wildwoods Convention Center ~ Saturday, August 27th


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THE WILDWOODS - As the Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequaled in America's musical history.

The Beach Boys - who have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and an American icon to fans around the world - will bring their "Sixty Years of the Sounds of Summer" tour to the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday, August 27. 

Tickets start at just $35 and are available at TicketMaster.com.

The Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center is the premier concert venue in southern New Jersey with seating for 7,500. It is located right on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to the world famous Wildwoods Boardwalk that features 2.5 miles of fun and excitement with three amusement piers and over 100 rides and attractions, three beachfront water parks, flashing arcades, carnival games, great shopping and over 200 eateries serving everything from fresh seafood caught daily to traditional boardwalk fare to satisfy any culinary need.

Since the band's co-founder, lead singer and chief lyricist Mike Love, penned the lyrics to the Beach Boys' first hit, "Surfin'" (1961), dozens of the band's chart-toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth: "Surfin' USA," "Surfer Girl," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "California Girls," "Help Me Rhonda," "Barbara Ann," "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Rock and Roll Music" and "Kokomo."

The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers were also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

With more than five decades of touring under their belts, the Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys, Capitol/EMI's 30-track collection of the band's biggest hits, has achieved triple-platinum success with sales of more than three million copies in the U.S. since its release.

Most recently, the band released a compilation album and box set honoring the 50th anniversary of their timeless albums Feel Flows - The Sunflower and Surf's Up Session 1969-1971 via Capitol/UMe. The expansive 5-CD and digital box set chronicles and explores the depth this metamorphic and highly influential 1969-1971 period of the band's legendary career.

With newly remastered versions of Sunflower and Surf's Up, the expansive collection features 135 tracks, including 108 previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, radio promos, alternate versions, alternate mixes, isolated backing tracks and a cappella versions, culled from the album sessions. The box set is available HERE.

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love, who, along with longtime member Bruce Johnston, musical director Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher and Randy Leago continue the legacy of the iconic band. This concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Wildwoods announce new Island Shuttle service, just in time for summer


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THE WILDWOODS - The all-new Wildwoods Island Shuttle will launch service on Memorial Day Weekend!

On Friday, May 27, the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) along with the Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood mayors and officials from the Jitney Association, will hold a joint press conference in front of the "WILDWOODS" sign, located on the Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue, to announce the service.

The press conference will take place at 11:45 am, immediately following the Wildwoods' annual Unlocking the Ocean ceremony, scheduled at 11 am on the beach at Andrews Avenue. Two brand-new Wildwoods Island Shuttles will be on display in front of the "WILDWOODS" sign for viewing and photo opportunities.

The Wildwoods Island Shuttle will begin service in the Wildwoods on Thursday, May 26, starting with weekends-only service Memorial Day Weekend through Sunday, June 19. Service will transition to a daily route Monday, June 20 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, with shuttles returning to weekend-only service Friday, September 9 through Saturday, October 22.

The Shuttles, provided by the Jitney Association transportation service company, will be adorned with the Wildwoods logo featured prominently on the vehicles, making it easy for visitors to identify them. With 13 available seats on each shuttle, and multiple stops running from 5 pm through midnight, the shuttles will prove "on-demand" transportation services fro visitors and residents alike. All shuttles will be ADA compliant with wheelchair lifts installed on each. 

"The Wildwoods are excited to kick off the 2022 summer season with this new visitor amenity. The Wildwoods Island Shuttle will provide a convenient way for visitors to ride from their hotels, motels and vacation rentals to the Boardwalk and all three amusement piers without having to move their cars and find parking to experience what the Wildwoods have to offer," said Mayors Don Cabrera, Wildwood Crest; Pete Byron, City of Wildwood; and Patrick Rosenello, North Wildwood, in a joint statement.

The Shuttles will run the length of the island, beginning a route at Diamond Beach on the southern tip of the island, along Atlantic Avenue and making its way up to Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest. The shuttle will then take passengers up to Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk, then north on Atlantic Avenue before making a final stop at Morey's Piers on 26th Street and the Boardwalk. An additional late-night route is planned for the North Wildwoods entertainment district, with shuttle service continuing down Atlantic Avenue to the North Wildwood Entertainment District at 3rd & Old New Jersey Avenues.

"The Wildwoods Island Shuttle offers visitors and residents in the Wildwoods an ideal opportunity to travel between the three municipalities with ease, and to experience travel throughout the resort destination in a new, convenient and affordable way," said Manny Mathioudakis, president of the Jitney Association. "The Jitney Association has served South Jersey for over a century and is excited to partner with the Wildwoods for the Island Shuttle Service," he continued.

A free app, Jitney Surfer, can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple App store - it allows riders to view a map of shuttle routes and real-time locations of each shuttle. The cost to ride will be $3 one-way, and $4 on the late-night route. Service will be "Stop on Demand" for the entire route.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Famous Cookie Creamery to host grand opening on Friday, May 20th, featuring specials (including $1 cookies) and collaboration with Barry’s Buns


The Famous Cookie Creamery (2400 Boardwalk) recently opened its doors for its fourth season in the Wildwoods, in addition to launching a second store on the Ocean City Boardwalk. To mark these occasions, grand opening celebrations will be held at BOTH locations this Friday, May 20.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the new Ocean City shop at 1 pm. Various specials and giveaways are planned to follow at both locations, including $1 cookies and $1 off ice cream sandwiches all day, along with FREE tote bags for all customers (while supplies last).

A new menu item, blueberry muffin cookies, will also be available for $1 all day. Its creator, Terry Pannebaker, winner of the Famous Cookie Baking Competition in October, will be on hand to greet customers.


But that’s not all...



A first-time collaboration will see the Famous Cookie Creamery team up with Barry’s Buns to introduce “Barry’s Bundae” - a Barry’s sticky bun topped with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce!

Barry’s Buns, a Philadelphia original, debuted in Wildwood Crest at 6107 New Jersey Avenue last year and became an instant hit, with early morning lines stretching from the front door all summer long.

The Famous Cookie Creamery, of course, boasts rather regal Philly roots itself. The concept was initiated on the Wildwoods Boardwalk in 2019 as a pairing of two iconic Reading Terminal brands - Bassett’s Ice Cream and Famous 4th Street Cookies.


 


The Wildwoods' Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony ~ Friday, May 27th


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THE WILDWOODS - Tourism state, county and city officials, along with guest speakers, are scheduled to participate in the Wildwoods' official start of the summer tourist season - the Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony - on Friday, May 27 at 11 am.

Taking place simultaneously with the annual International Kite Festival - the largest Kite Festival in North America - on the beach, a colorful, kite-filled sky will serve as the backdrop while invited dignitaries and more than 300 elementary school children participate in the ceremonious "unlocking" of the ocean for the 2022 summer season, using an oversized, ornate "W" key.

The key will be delivered by a professional sky diver at the precise time for the "unlocking," which should prove to be an exciting photo op.

Who
The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) representatives, tourism, state, county, local and city officials, guest speakers and more than 300 elementary school children.

What
The official Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony & Media Event, and kick-off of the International Kite Festival.

When
Friday, May 27 at 11 am

Where
On the beach at Andrews Avenue next to the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Why
To officially launch the summer tourist season in the Wildwoods

Taking place immediately after the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony at 11:45 am is the official launch of the all-new Wildwoods Island Shuttle at the "WILDWOODS" sign, located on the Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue. GWTIDA, along with the Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood mayors and officials from the Jitney Association, will hold a joint press conference to announce the service. Two brand-new Wildwoods Island Shuttles will be on display in front of the "WILDWOODS" sign for inspection and photo opportunities.

The Wildwoods Island Shuttle will begin service in the Wildwoods on Thursday, May 26, starting with weekends-only service Memorial Day Weekend through Sunday, June 19. Service will transition to a daily route Monday, June 20 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, with shuttles returning to weekend-only service Friday, September 9 through Saturday, October 22.

A free app, Jitney Surfer, can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple App store - it allows riders to view a map of shuttle routes, pay for your ride ticket and track real-time locations of each shuttle. The cost to ride will be $3 one-way, and $4 on the late-night route. Service will be "Stop on Demand" for the entire route.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Wildwoods welcome visitors and kick off Summer 2022 with jam-packed Memorial Day Weekend events ~ Friday, May 27 - Monday, May 30


PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods are kicking off the summer season and welcoming visitors to enjoy the best of the Jersey shore, and a whole lot more, during Memorial Day Weekend.

The Wildwoods' 2022 season is projected to be bigger than years past, as outdoor events and festivals begin to take place, new attractions and businesses open, and free weekly events are set to happen throughout the summer.

Memorial Day Weekend in the Wildwoods is jam-packed with island-wide events and happenings, taking place Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, as well as Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies. 

The weekend's events include:

Official Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony
Friday, May 27 - 11 am
It's time to get your feet sandy - the fun begins at 11 am on Friday, May 27 on the beach at Andrews Avenue next to the Wildwoods Convention Center where state, county and local tourism and city officials, local school children and guest speakers will participate in the ceremony to officially unlock the ocean with the Wildwoods' large, ornate "W" key. Colorful kites will serve as the backdrop as the International Kite Festival simultaneously gets underway. Members of the media are invited to take part in the day's activities by flying kites to kick off the International Kite Festival. This event is FREE to attend and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 609-729-9000 or visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com.

Wildwoods Island Shuttle Launch
Friday, May 27 - 11:45 am
On Friday, May 27, GWTIDA, along with the Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood mayors and officials from the Jitney Association, will hold a joint press conference at 11:45 am in front of the "WILDWOODS" sign, located on the Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue, to announce the service. Two Wildwoods Island Shuttles will be on display in front of the "WILDWOODS" sign for demonstration and photo opportunities.
The Wildwoods Island Shuttle will begin service in the Wildwoods on Thursday, May 26, starting with weekends-only service Memorial Day Weekend through Sunday, June 19. Service will transition to a daily route Monday, June 20 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, with shuttles returning to weekend-only service Friday, September 9 through Saturday, October 22. A free app, Jitney Surfer, can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple App store - it allows riders to view a map of shuttle routes and real-time locations of each shuttle. The cost to ride will be $3 one-way and $4 on the late-night route. Service will be "Stop on Demand" for the entire route.

Wildwoods International Kite Festial
Friday, May 27 - Monday, May 30
The 36th Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America, features kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations. The Kite Festival is FREE to spectators and kicks off on Friday, May 27 at 11 am with the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony on the beach at Andrews Avenue, south of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Kite festivities follow with the opening of the Kite Sales Tent, a Friday night kite social and the 9 pm illuminated kite fly at the Rio Grande Avenue beach behind the famous Wildwoods sign. The Kite Festival continues Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, starting at 9 am daily with fun events geared toward introducing new folks to the sport of kiting!
Join in the Kite Candy Drop, the Running of the Bols and the Rev Meg Fly; fly a kite on the Learn to Fly Field or watch the professional Fighter Kite Competition. Also featured are free kite exhibits and workshops on the beach. The Wildwoods International Kite Festival Auction will be held inside the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 pm on Saturday. The auction is open to the public and many unique kites and collectibles will be up for bid. The kite festivities conclude with the World Indoor Kite Competition at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Monday, May 30 from 9:30 am - noon, and is FREE to attend. Kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite indoors without wind, and all performances will be choreographed to music. 
For more information, visit www.SkyFestivals.com.

Regional Gymnastics Championships
Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29
The United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Club will return to the Wildwoods Convention Center to hold the Regional Gymnastics Championships over Memorial Day Weekend - Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29. Talented athletes will compete on the floor, balance beam, uneven bars and vault. The competitions will be choreographed to music and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Times for the event are Friday from 9:30 am - 9 pm; Saturday from 8 am - 10 pm; and Sunday from 8 am - 9 pm (times are subject to change). Admission fee TBA.
For more information, call 609-704-9700 or visit www.usaigc.com.

Fitness in the Plaza featuring Boot Camp Circuit Traning
Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30
Kick off summer with two special Memorial Day Weekend workouts at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood on Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 of Memorial Day Weekend from 8:30 - 9:30 am. Join Dion for Bootcamp Circuit training! He'll keep it interesting and challenging with games like Fitness Monopoloy. $10 fee paid to instructor. For more information, visit www.dooww.com.

Crest Best Swim Fest
Saturday, May 28
The Crest Best Swim Fest features a Freedom Mile with a 1-Mile Open Water Swim, and Freedom ¼-Mile with a 500 Yard Open Water Swim at Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest. Athlete check-in begins at 6:15 a.m. and the first race begins at 7:45 a.m. For more information, visit www.runsignup.com/crestbestswimfest.
Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market Opens
Saturday, May 28
The Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market kicks off its 9th season Saturday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday morning from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend for Jersey Fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods, gifts and more. Extending from Byrne Plaza, at 3400 Pacific Avenue, from Oak Avenue to Schellenger Avenue, the market will feature over 60 vendors. The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is like a treasure hunt where you will find something for everyone and discover new offerings each week including farm goods, baked goods, specialty foods, handmade items, fine art, candles, soaps, jewelry, personalized gifts, clothing, signs, pet items and much more. There will be live music and family entertainment available, as well as FREE parking. 
For more information, call 609-523-1602 or visit www.dooww.com.

Beach Boys Tickets at the Wildwoods Convention Center
Saturday, May 28
Avoid the fees and purchase your Beach Boys – Sixty Years of Summer concert tickets in person at the Wildwoods Convention Center for a one-day, in-person ticket sales event. The Ticketmaster Box Office at Wildwoods Convention Center will be open for Beach Boys ticket sales 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The Beach Boys – who have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and an American icon to fans around the world – will bring their “Sixty Years of the Sounds of Summer” tour to The Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday, August 27.

Memorial Day Weekend Craft Show
Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29
The Boardwalk Craft Show is a must-see for any fan of handmade products. Taking place on the Wildwoods Boardwalk on Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event is rain or shine. For more information call 609-522-0378 or 609-522-0198 or visit www.boardwalkcrafts.com.

Sunrise On Sunday Veteran Flag Service
Sunday, May 29
A free ceremony taking place on Sunday, May 29, and every Sunday morning throughout the summer, to raise the casket flag of a Veteran and to honor and remember all veterans. Held at the Lou Booth Amphitheater at 2nd and Ocean Avenues in North Wildwood. Arrive 10 minutes before sunrise to participate in a 20-minute tribute and inspirational message at the most beautiful vista on the Jersey Shore. For more information call 610-823-7879.

Patrick Corcoran 5K Memorial Day Run to Remember
Sunday, May 29
Annual “Run to Remember” 5K and 1 Mile Walk at 16th and the Beach next to the North Wildwood Beach Patrol headquarters. Registration time is 7:30 a.m., and the race is at 9 a.m. Benefitting our veterans and those that have lost loved ones in service to their country. Registration fee is $30. For more information call 267-566-8359 or 215-990-8689, or visit www.nwwvetrun.com.

FREE Summer Kickoff Concert
Sunday, May 29
Wildwood Crest’s Summer Kickoff Concert will take place on Sunday, May 29 in Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. The FREE, outdoor, all-ages concert will feature dance and party hits by The Chatterband – marking an exciting start to the summer season. Bring your friends and family out for an incredible time, and don’t forget to bring your beach or lawn chair!

North Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30
A Memorial Day Ceremony, hosted by the VFW Post 5941, will be held at the North Wildwood Veterans Monument, located at Spruce and New York Avenues in North Wildwood at 10 a.m. There will also be a service at 9:30 a.m. at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse flagpole where the names of the VFW Post 5941 members who have died since last Memorial Day will be read and their service honored. For more information, call 609-729-5832.

Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30
On Monday, May 30, residents and visitors alike are invited to pay their respects during a ceremony at hosted at the Wildwood American Legion Post #184 at 4200 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood. Service begins at 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-522-3613 or visit www.legion184.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Wildwoods, NJ leads the way in nostalgic "comfort travel"


THE WILDWOODS – As the weather warms and travel becomes easier, the Wildwoods, NJ offer vacationers a familiar spot to revisit and experience a real slice of Americana. Nostalgia is the Wildwoods’ specialty, and when visiting the resort destination, it’s like returning to the good old days when families spent quality time together making lifelong memories.

It’s no wonder, then, that the Wildwoods, NJ is considered one of the best values for family vacations and an ideal destination at the Jersey shore! The Wildwoods offer the best of the Jersey Shore all on one five-mile island. Everything you could ever want in a vacation experience is all right here in the Wildwoods.

The shore resort town thrives on creating memories and instant nostalgia for visitors; from their island-wide Doo Wop architecture and neon lights, to the iconic Jersey Shore highlights like the world-famous Boardwalk and the iconic “Sightseer” Tram Cars alerting boardwalk walkers with the signature “Watch the Tram Car, Please” phrase, 5 miles of FREE pristine beaches, over 160 annual events & festivals, one-of-a-kind dining and more, the Wildwoods are a certified memory maker.

Revisiting the Wildwoods can be a relaxing stroll down memory lane, or a reminder of the thrills waiting for you on the Jersey Shore. Five miles of free white-sand beaches to spread out and enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating day in the sun; 38 blocks of outdoor boardwalk fun and thrills with over 100 amusement rides and attractions, three beachfront water parks, shopping, carnival games and arcades, and eateries offering one-of-a-kind dining experiences; serene walking and biking paths; and unique historical attractions covering the island are sure to give all visitors the comfort feeling in their home away from home.

A neon-lit slice of Americana, the world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk offers a unique and safe experience for anyone vacationing at the New Jersey shore. Famous for being one of the largest and liveliest two-mile stretches of fun and excitement on the East Coast, the Wildwoods Boardwalk offers a plethora of nostalgic sights, sounds, and smells that can’t be found anywhere else.

Another way to reconnect with the nostalgic experiences in the Wildwoods is to enjoy the beautiful summer air on a bike taking part in the Wildwoods’ ‘bikeability’. Enjoy a scenic, leisurely 12-mile round-trip route, with plenty of fresh air and breathtaking views, starting at the far southern-end of the island along the Dunes Bike Path in Wildwood Crest, up onto the Wildwoods’ 2.5-mile Boardwalk, and through North Wildwood’s Muhlbury Bike Path to the North Wildwood Sea Wall. 

You can also ride your bike along the Wildwoods’ streets and downtown, and to the back bays, with special “bike only” lanes. Don’t have room to pack your bikes on vacation? There are plenty of bike rentals shops located on the Boardwalk and throughout town where you can rent a bike by the hour.

History buffs will enjoy the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, an 18th century landmark that’s open to the public to experience the fascinating history of the Wildwoods. Built in 1874, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is the most important historic structure on Five Mile Beach and continues to function as an active navigational aid maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. Visitors to the lighthouse will learn about the history of the building and the local area. Relax on the Lighthouse grounds as you take in the ocean air and stroll through the beautiful English Gardens to enjoy the beauty of the seashore right up to the seawall at Hereford Inlet.

Admirers of architecture would also fit right in as the Wildwoods are home to the country’s largest concentration of mid-20th century Doo-Wop architecture. We invite you to take a walk through the Wildwoods’ Doo-Wop District, head towards the Doo-Wop Experience Museum and hop on the award-winning “Back to the ‘50s” Doo-Wop Neon Night Bus Tour. With bright neon signs, futuristic architecture and “far-out” themes, these buildings offer a neon-lit slice of Americana to anyone visiting the Island.

Then to top it off, grab some dinner at one of the many Doo-Wop style diners throughout the Wildwoods that offer large menus and a unique, fun setting the kids are sure to love. Enjoy classic diner food along with retro jukeboxes and the iconic black & white checkered floors that will never go out of style! The Wildwoods’ Doo-Wop diners will provide your family with a delicious meal and a memorable time!

In addition to the attractions that the Wildwoods are known for, the resort also ensures accessibility to all visitors. From the famous Sightseer Tram Car on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, which offers a respite to walking the length of the boardwalk, to the beach wheelchairs available island-wide, to its special Beach Taxis that transport visitors from the Boardwalk to the surf, the shore resort creates an environment where every visitor can enjoy its world-famous Boardwalk and award-winning beaches. This commitment to accessibility is one reason the Wildwoods see generations of life-long visitors of all ages and abilities visit the shore destination each year.

Make plans this season to experience the Wildwoods for yourself and see why over 9 million visitors each year list the Wildwoods as their favorite Jersey shore destination year-after-year.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Wildwoods kick off Memorial Day Weekend with the 36th Annual International Kite Festival ~ Friday, May 27 - Monday, May 30


THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods will kick off Memorial Day Weekend festivities with the 36th Annual International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America. This weekend-long festival features kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations over the Wildwoods' FREE white sandy beaches.

The Kite Festival is FREE to spectators and kicks off on Friday, May 27 at 11 am with the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony on the beach at Andrews Avenue, south of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Kite festivities follow with the opening of the Kite Sales Tent, a Friday night kite social, and the 9 pm illuminated kite fly at the Rio Grande Avenue beach behind the famous "WILDWOODS" sign.

The Kite Festival continues Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, starting at 9 am daily with fun events geared toward introducing new folks to the sport of kiting. Join in the Kite Candy Drop, the Running of the Bols, and the Rev Meg Fly; fly a kite on the Learn to Fly Field; or watch the professional Fighter Kite Competition. Also featured are FREE kite exhibits and workshops on the beach.

The Wildwoods International Kite Festival Auction will be held inside the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 pm. on Saturday. The auction is open to the public, and many unique kites and collectibles will be up for bid.

Sky Festival Productions, along with South Jersey Kite Flyers, is thrilled to announce that there will be not only one, but two days of "playshops" that are designer-intensive and focuses on the mental and creative opening to your minds' creative limits, presented by George Peters on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

The kite festivities conclude with the World Indoor Kite Competition at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Monday, May 30 from 9:30 am - noon and is FREE to attend. Kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite indoors without wind, and all performances will be choreographed to music.

For additional information about the 36th Annual International Kite Festival, please visit www.SkyFestivals.com.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market kicks off 2022 season ~ Saturday, May 28th


THE WILDWOODS - The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday morning from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend for Jersey Fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods, gifts and more.

The Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 28 at 8 am and will be held every Saturday through the summer from 8 am - 12:30 pm. Extending from Byrne Plaza at 3400 Pacific Avenue, from Oak Avenue to Schellenger Avenue, the market features over 60 vendors.

The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is like a treasure hunt where you will find something for everyone to discover new offerings each week, including farm goods, baked goods, specialty foods, handmade items, fine art, candles, soaps, jewelry, personalized gifts, clothing, signs, pet items and much more.

Be sure to stop by the DOOWW information booth to pick up your free DOOWW Magnet, Byrne Plaza schedule of events, and information about all the great things happening in Downtown Wildwood.

While you're picking up the freebies, you can also purchase DOOWW tote bags, Christmas ornaments, t-shirts and sweatshirts at the DOOWW information booth, located at the Pacific & Oak Avenue entrance to Byrne Plaza.

Parking is always FREE for Byrne Plaza events in the parking lots located behind the shops; on the east side of Pacific Avenue, between Oak and Schellenger Avenues, and on the west side of Pacific, between Oak and Wildwood Avenues.

Stay in the know about all the great Byrne Plaza events as well as everything happening in Downtown Wildwood!

Find us online at www.DOOWW.com, on Facebook at Wildwood By The Sea, Instagram @wildwood_by_the_sea, and Twitter @DoWildwoodNJ.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Wildwood Crest announces 2022 beach lifeguard coverage


WILDWOOD CREST - The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol has announced its coverage schedule for the 2022 summer season.

All beaches will be open and protected by lifeguards, weather permitting, from 10 am to 5:30 pm on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday, May 28-30, as well as on Saturday and Sunday, June 4 & 5.

Lifeguards will be placed on stands for the weekends of May 28-30 and June 4-5 at the following locations: Cresse-Morning Glory, Buttercup-Lavender, Heather-Crocus, Aster (surfing beach), Cardinal (surfing beach), Wisteria, Rosemary, Fern, Lotus, Primrose (surfing beach), Rambler-Orchid (surfing beach), Stanton, Atlantia-Nashville, Miami, St. Paul-Toledo, Syracuse, Hollywood-Topeka (surfing beach, 10 am - 12 noon only), Charleston, Trenton-Neward, Washington-Jefferson.

Beginning Saturday, June 11, all beaches will be open and protected daily, weather permitting, from 10 am to 5:30 pm though Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol strongly advises all bathers to swim at lifeguard protected beaches only during the hours of operation.

Transport service for the handicapped will be available for 11 am to 4 pm. whenever lifeguards are on duty.

For further information, call the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol at 609-522-3825.

Monday, May 9, 2022

The Wildwoods Convention Center hosts the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Club Championships - Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29


THE WILDWOODS - The United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs will return to the Wildwoods Convention Center to hold the Regional Gymnastics Championships over Memorial Day Weekend - Friday May 27 through Sunday, May 29.

Talented athletes will compete on floor, balance beam, uneven bars and the vault. The competitions will be choreographed to music, and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. 

Times for the Gymnastics Championships are Friday from 9:30 am - 9 pm, Saturday from 8 am - 10 pm, and Sunday from 8 am - 9 pm (times are subject to change). There will be an admission fee at the door.

For additional information regarding the Gymnastics Championships, please call 609-704-9700 or visit www.usaigc.com.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Wildwood Boardwalk ready ahead of schedule, will be "open and fully accessible" by Friday afternoon, May 6th


WILDWOOD - Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron announced today that the Boardwalk Rehabilitation Project stretching three blocks from Oak to Maple Avenues is set to be open and fully accessible by 3:30 pm this Friday, May 6.

"I am delighted that businesses can open their storefronts and visitors can stroll the Boardwalk two weeks earlier than expected," Byron said.

This first phase of the Boardwalk overhaul was funded by a $4 million grant provided by Governor Phil Murphy in recognition of his 2020 commitment to assist the Wildwoods in their multiyear effort to restore the century-old structure.

"Governor Murphy has consistently acknowledged that the Boardwalk is a key asset to the city and a uniquely important attraction to the Jersey Shore," continued Byron. "The refurbished substructure, new decking and rails clearly shows the Governor's sincere commitment to the City of Wildwood, and we can't overemphasize our gratitude."

Adding to the excitement of this phase completion, the city recently announced that another $4 million is proposed in the Governor's 2023 budget in addition to a $3.2 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant. The $7.2 million is expected to rehabilitate more blocks from Maple to 26th Street. The project is slated to start in October 2022 to allow sufficient time to be finished by May 2023 to avoid any serious disruptions for local businesses.

Commissioner of Revenue and Finance Krista Fitzsimons said, "The Boardwalk has always been an important attraction that allows the city to help keep the local tax base stable. It is incumbent on us not to burden our taxpayers to fix the Boardwalk. I am incredibly proud that this administration has been able to secure $11.2 million in funding for this project."

Commissioner of Public Safety Steve Mikulski, who is also a Wildwood business owner, stated, "Our Boardwalk business owners have been incredibly patient, not only during this winter's reconstruction but also during the previous years the Boardwalk sat in disrepair. Being two weeks ahead of schedule is a win for everyone."

A more formal ceremony will take place when Governor Murphy visits in the near future.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Wildwood Crest Spring Yard Sale and paper-shredding service rescheduled for Saturday, May 21st


WILDWOOD CREST
- Due to inclement weather forecast for this weekend, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has rescheduled its Spring Borough-Wide Yard Sale for Saturday, May 21, from 8 am - 4 pm.

Households that registered to host a sale site will have their applications applied to the May 21 date. Those already registered are not obligated to participate on the new date.

Those wishing to become an official yard sale location can submit a registration form through Monday, May 16 to the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department. There is no cost to register. Forms are available for download at the top of the front page of the wildwoodcrest.org website.

As part of yard sale day, an industrial-sized paper shredder will be available for use by borough residents from 8 - 11 am. The paper shredder will be located at the Department of Public Works Garage along Bayview Drive between Newark and Jefferson Avenues. An up-to-date recycling center permit will be required to use the paper shredder.

A printed list of yard sale locations will be available beginning Wednesday, May 18 at the following locations: 
  • Wildwood Crest Pier Recreation Center - 5800 Ocean Avenue
  • Wildwood Crest Borough Hall - 6101 Pacific Avenue
  • Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool - 8800 New Jersey Avenue
  • The Hardware Store - 105 W. Aster Road

A downloadable PDF of yard sale addresses will also be available on the front page of the borough website at wildwoodcrest.org.

Residents and visitors are reminded to obey all traffic laws as they travel through the borough on the day of the event. Following the yard sale, registered participants are strongly encouraged to leave bulk items, electronics, metal and rigid plastics curbside for pickup by the Wildwood Crest Public Works Department.

Unsold and unwanted clothing can be dropped off at the Crest Pier Recreation Center at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue. All collected items will be donated to a local clothing bank. All donated clothing must be in a plastic bag. In addition, the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will accept donated items for a food drive. 

Items in need for the food drive include non-perishable, nutritious, healthy canned or dry foods. Household soap and paper products can also be included. Items collected from the food drive will be donated to the Lazarus House Food Pantry in Wildwood. Clothing, food and household items can be dropped off at the Crest Pier Recreation Center from 8 am - 5 pm on the day of the yard sale.

In addition, official Wildwood Crest merchandise will also be on sale at the Crest Pier from 9 am - 5 pm on the day of the yard sale.

The Spring Borough-Wide Yard Sale is co-hosted by the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department and the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works. 

A Fall Borough-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 1.

Wildwood Crest Police introduces department's first K-9 officers


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST
- The Borough of Wildwood Crest Police Department is set to add a pair of K-9 officers to its ranks for the first time in the department's history.

The police department first announced the program to the public during the April 27 meeting of the Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners.

The two police K-9's, along with their handlers from the Wildwood Crest Police Department, are currently undergoing extensive training in narcotics and explosives detection at the John "Sonny" Burke Police K-9 Academy in Atlantic County.

As per Wildwood Crest Commissioner of Public Safety Joseph Schiff, the police department's new K-9 program is being fully funded through donations to the newly formed non-profit Wildwood K-9 Association and has not created an increase to the police department's budget.

"I firmly believe the addition of our K9's will further add to the borough's already intensive public safety efforts," said Schiff. "To be able to bring another level of safety and security to our residents and visitors at very little to no cost to our taxpayers makes this program a very valuable additional tool in the borough's policing measures."

The Wildwood Crest K-9's are a 9-month-old Czech Shepherd, K-9 Quest, and a 16-month-old German Shepherd, K-9 Flex.

K-9 Quest, assigned to Officer Tyler Lavender, is in training for narcotics detection. Once graduated from the K-9 Academy, K-9 Quest will be proficient in detecting the presence of narcotics, including ecstasy, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Following the summer months, K-9 Quest and Officer Lavender will return to the K-9 Academy to complete patrol training, which includes instruction in tracking, building searches, article searches and criminal apprehension.

Officer Lavender has been a patrol officer for the Wildwood Crest Police Department since 2018.

K-9 Flex, assigned to Officer Zack Magnavita, is in training for explosives detection. Once graduated from the K-9 Academy, K-9 Flex will be fully trained to alert the presence of a variety of explosives, including gunpowder, black powder, Composition C-4 and Trinitrotoluene (TNT).

Officer Magnavita has been a patrol officer for the Wildwood Crest Police Department since 2019.

The K-9's are expected to complete their initial training on May 26 and are expected to be on patrol in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

In addition to adding an additional layer of security to the borough on a daily basis, the K-9's will also play a vital role in the many public safety measures taken at events, festivals and other gatherings that regularly take place throughout the borough.

"This program has been developed to enhance public safety from routine patrol to special events," Wildwood Crest Police Chief Robert Lloyd said. "As laws and crime trends change, the police department must adapt and deploy new resources to continue to meet the expectations of the community we serve.

"There has been a lot of excitement building around this program and I can't thank everyone enough for all of the support. I look forward to seeing the positive impact these K-9's will have on the safety of our community."

For further information about the Wildwood Crest K-9 program, call 609-729-8030, ext. 122.