Thursday, April 18, 2024

Shore Fitness expands to Wildwood Crest


WILDWOOD CREST – Shore Fitness has announced its expansion to a new Wildwood Crest location at 6111 New Jersey Avenue, opening in May 2024. This milestone is a major move for Shore Fitness in its mission to deliver an elevated fitness experience to the Wildwoods and the surrounding communities.

This new space will offer a flexible, premium studio space, along with a brand new SpinTM studio, while Shore Fitness at 10th in North Wildwood aims to focus on strength training and weightlifting. The 10th street location will be receiving significant upgrades as well. These plans include replacing much of the cardio and strength equipment throughout the facility plus one or two other surprises. 

All members will get access to both the Crest and 10th Street location in North Wildwood, giving members a complete fitness experience across both gyms.

In an effort to truly uplevel this new space, as well as all of Shore Fitness’ programs and offerings, they have partnered with Jarrod Saracco, Owner of Health Club Doctor and former COO of World Gym. Saracco, a south Jersey native and longtime Wildwood visitor, brings almost 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry to the Shore Fitness family as they upgrade and expand their locations. 

Jarrod’s passion, coupled with his industry savvy and expertise in gym design, equipment and program development makes him the perfect partner to assist Shore Fitness in raising the bar when it comes to the fitness experience in southern Cape May county.

“We’re pumped about this summer and all that we’re doing in the Wildwoods to make fitness fun and accessible to everyone ” says Ron Tedesco, owner of Shore Fitness. “Having Jarrod on board will help us to execute on some of our growth and renovation plans at a much quicker pace and the impact will be seen right away by our members and the community. 

"It’s ‘shore’ to be the best summer ever as we have some exciting things planned!”

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tee Time in the Wildwoods: Add Golf to Your Vacation Agenda


THE WILDWOODS - A day on the greens is one of the most relaxing ways to spend time at the Jersey Shore for both novice and skilled golfers alike. Golf courses can be found across Cape May County - from Cape May National to the south to Shore Gate Golf Club to the north - and offer a variety of playing levels from beginning to scratch golfer.

Area courses offer challenging yet playable holes and exquisite venues with tee times from early morning to dusk, so golfers can easily fit their favorite pastime into a vacation or business schedule. Several courses are just minutes away from the Wildwoods and situated close to the ocean or bay; so, there's always a mild breeze, plenty of scenic beauty and lush, well-kept greens and fairways.

With six public courses in Cape May County and even more in nearby counties, tee times are rarely a problem. Most area golf courses have special afternoon, weekday and "twilight" rates for those who want to hit the links after a day at the beach. Many clubs offer restaurants or grill rooms and pro shops.

Golf course developers and designers have realized the demand for the sport in the area and have discovered that the natural attributes found throughout the Jersey Cape are a perfect fit for unique and picturesque golf course layouts.

Monday, April 15, 2024

The Wildwoods, NJ - The Best of the Jersey Shore and a Whole Lot More!


THE WILDWOODS - What do you get when you combine one-of-a-kind value, tons of FREE events and FREE fun things to do, a Boardwalk and beach with something to satisfy everyone, and a family-friendly atmosphere second-to-none?

The answer is the Wildwoods - named "The #1 Destination on the Rise in the U.S." by TripAdvisor and one of the best values for family vacations at the Jersey Shore!

With over 160 FREE events and festivals held annually, a five-mile stretch of FREE beautiful, white-sand beaches, voted "Best Beaches in New Jersey," and a two-and-a-half-mile, world-renowned Boardwalk with its vast array of amusements, water parks, arcades, games, shops and eateries, the Wildwoods offer a Jersey Shore vacation experience sure to create lifelong memories, and beckon visitors back, year after year.

The Wildwoods have everything you could ever want in a Jersey Shore vacation, all right here on one five-mile island, so why go anywhere else?

Thursday, April 11, 2024

North Wildwood proposes to temporarily prohibit cabanas, tents, canopies and similar structures in 2024


NORTH WILDWOOD - City of North Wildwood officials have proposed temporary restrictions on cabanas, tents, canopies and other similar structures for the 2024 summer season.

Types of shaded structures that would be permitted under those regulations include circular umbrellas that are a maximum 8' in diameter and 7',6" in height, and baby tents that are 36" in height, width and length.

The reason behind the proposed restrictions is due to the size of the city's beaches becoming extremely limited because of the lack of assistance received for a beach replenishment project. This has caused beachgoers to set up much closer to one another during the busy summer months.

Unfortunately, the city does not have enough dry beach space to handle the many tends, cabanas, pavilions or other similar structures we have seen in the past. The proposed temporary restriction will allow the influx of beachgoers to have some additional room to enjoy one of the busiest amenities in the city.

This proposed restriction on shaded structures is temporary for the 2024 season at this time. If city officials notice a significant change in the size of our beach, by way of a beach replenishment project or accretion, then City Council will intend to revisit the proposed restrictions.

The restrictions will go into effect beginning May 15, 2024.

Cabrera Companies partners with Sneakers4Good


WILDWOOD CREST - Cabrera Companies is conducting an ongoing athletic shoe drive fundraiser to raise funds for Team Red, White & Blue, which supports veterans' wellness programs.

Cabrera Companies will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used shoes collected, as Sneakers4Good will issue a check for the collected athletic shoes. Those dollars will benefit Team RWB. Anyone can help by donating their athletic shoes at the boxes at our office, located at 6203 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood Crest; or at any of our sponsored walk/run events to be publicized on our website and social media channels

Sneakers4Good helps runners use their gently worn, used and new sneakers to raise funds for various causes. Their innovative programs to repurpose and recycle sneakers not only provide footwear to those in need but also significantly reduce the environmental impact of discarded shoes. 

All donated running shoes are redistributed throughout the Sneakers4Good network of small business partners. Sneakers4Good collaborates with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries. Proceeds from the sales of the athletic shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school.

Owner Don Cabrera said, "We know that most people don't know what to do with their used sneakers. By collecting their gently work, used and new sneakers, we raise money for our veterans' wellness programs through Team RWB."

"By donating, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in peoples' lives around the world while supporting our veterans," said Broker/Owner Jeanine Cabrera.

About Cabrera Companies:

Cabrera Companies are three small locally owned businesses in Cape May County, New Jersey. With an office in Wildwood Crest, the Cabrera Companies offer real estate sales and vacation rentals through Cabrera Coastal Real Estate. Cabrera Property Management offers community association management services for condominiums and homeowners associations, and shore homes. Cabrera Home Repair offers residential services for shore homes.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Wildwoods, NJ: Where Sun-Filled Fun Awaits!


THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods, NJ are bursting with attractions from the beach and boardwalk to amusement parks, events and festivals, beach concerts and live entertainment, boating watersports, bike paths and much more - making the resort destination one of the most sought-after places to vacation at the New Jersey Shore.

Consistently named among the country's top beaches, the Wildwoods are known for their five-mile stretch of FREE, soft white sand - known as sugar sand - offering plenty of room for summer beach activities. Beachgoers can choose a relaxing day in the sun, or more action-packed activities like surfing, boogie boarding, boating, jet skiing, paddle boarding and kayaking in the crisp, clean ocean waters. Plus, a dog-friendly beach and dog park at Glenwood Avenue Beach ensures visitors can bring along their four-legged friends while vacationing in the Wildwoods.

The Wildwoods also host numerous events and festivals on its beaches and throughout the island including the Barefoot Country Music Fest, International Kite Festival, the National Marbles Tournament, Monster Truck Beach Races, Vintage Auto and Motorcycle Beach Drag Races, Classic Car Shows, Sand Sculpting Festival, Italian Festival, Irish Festival, BBQ & Blues Festival, Seafarers Festival, major beach concerts, sporting tournaments, weekly free outdoor concerts and many more.

In addition to the award-winning free beaches and over 160 events and festivals held each year, the world famous Wildwoods Boardwalk is a summer "must" for visitors. This "2 1/2 miles of smiles" features three amusement piers with over 100 rides and attractions, three beachfront water parks, arcades, carnival games, shops and eateries. In fact, the Wildwoods have more retail shops and restaurants than the Mall of America.

Thrill-seekers can venture down the Boardwalk to Morey's Piers, one of the largest seaside amusement parks in the world, featuring lots of attractions including kiddie rides, family rides, thrill rides and many other fun activities. There are four exciting coasters that are sure to thrill even the bravest roller coaster enthusiast: the Sea Serpent, the Great Nor'easter, the Great White and the Runaway Tram.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Gymnastics competitions to be held at the Wildwoods Convention Center ~ April 20th & 21st


THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods Convention Center welcomes the IGL Beach Classic on Saturday, April 20, and the NGA Eastern States Championships on Sunday, April 21. 

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.

Competition times are as follows: Saturday, April 20 from 9 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, April 21 from 9 am to 3 pm. Times are subject to change.

An admission fee of $20 will be charged at the door on the days of the competitions.

The mission of IGL is to cultivate well-rounded, vibrant young athletes within a nurturing competitive environment, preparing them to be tomorrow's leaders. Their vision is to foster a long-lasting journey, with the goal of retaining gymnasts in their competitive program for a decade or more. Whether seasoned competitor or a newcomer to the gymnastics world, IGL events provide a platform for all to showcase their skills and spirit.

For additional information, visit or call 609-704-9700.

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

Morey's Piers receives industry accolades across multiple categories


WILDWOOD - Morey's Piers, renowned amusement destination in the heart of Wildwood, New Jersey,is proud to announce its recent award-winning efforts across various segments of their operation.

Continuing its legacy of exemplary standards, Morey's Piers' Ride Operations Team clinched the International Ride Operator Certification (iROC) Audit Excellence Award at the yearly "Ride Camp" Safety School, organized by the safety consulting firm, International Ride Training (IRT).

This accolade reaffirms Morey's unwavering commitment to guest safety and service excellence, positioning the park among the select few to receive this honor nationally.

"Words cannot describe how proud we are to be recognized once again for our industry-leading training programs and commitment to Guest and Associate safety," said Dino Fazio, Director of Pier Operations at Morey's Piers.

Further affirming Morey's commitment to safety and excellence, the water park team distinguished themselves at the Jeff Ellis & Associations (E&A) 38th Annual Ron Rhinehart International Aquatic Safety School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Polly Pollock and John Famiano were celebrated for their outstanding leadership, with Pollock receiving the Spirit Award for her dedication to fostering positive and collaborative atmosphere. Famiano was honored with the Vera Solis Leadership Award, recognizing his embodiment of service, leadership and accountability.

At the prestigious International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Honors held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Morey's Piers received a coveted Brass Ring Award. This esteemed recognition was given to the Marketing and Human Resources Team for their exceptional creativity in the "Our Jobs are the Splat" Campaign, developed in collaboration with creative partners at 1 Trick Pony.

The Brass Ring Award, named in homage to the historic carousel rings, symbolizes achievement, innovation and the pioneering spirit of the industry.

In addition, Morey's Piers was also named a finalist in multiple categories, including Best Midway Games Display, Best Digital Marketing Campaign and Best New Food & Beverage Facility Build.

About Morey's Piers

Thursday, April 4, 2024

20th Annual Wildwoods '50s, '60s & '70s Weekend celebrates the birth of Rock 'n' Roll ~ Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th


THE WILDWOODS - The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 20th Annual Wildwoods '50s, '60s & '70s Weekend, scheduled for October 18 & 19. This event has become a staple in the Wildwoods, attracting visitors who love great oldies music.

The Wildwoods '50s, '60s & '70s Weekend is a musical celebration of the Wildwoods' role in the birth of Rock 'n' Roll. This year's event features a concert on Saturday, October 19, headlined by the legendary American actor, singer and former teen idol, Mr. Frankie Avalon.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Avalon rose to fame in the 1950's and 60's with a string of hits that included "Venus," "Why," and "De De Dinah." He also starred in a number of popular beach party films alongside Annette Funicello. Avalon's smooth vocals and charming persona made him a household name and a favorite among fans of the era. 

Joining Franking Avalon on stage are The Lettermen, an American male pop vocal trio that has been performing since the 1960's. Known for their close vocal harmonies and smooth, romantic sound, The Lettermen have produced numerous hits including "The Way You Look Tonight," "When I Fall in Love," and "Goin' Out of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You." With a career spanning decades, The Lettermen continue to captivate audiences with their timeless music and impeccable vocal talent.

The Shirelles starring Beverly Lee are also scheduled to appear on the Wildwoods Convention Center stage on Saturday, October 19. The Shirelles are an American girl group that achieved fame in the early 1960's with hits like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Soldier Boy," and "Dedicated to the One I love." Beverly Lee, a founding member of the group, continues to perform as The Shirelles, keeping their timeless music alive for new generations to enjoy. Their harmonious melodies and poignant lyrics have made them icons of the girl group era.

The evening will be hosted by local favorite Tommy Cono, promising an unforgettable evening of music and nostalgia.

The weekend kicks off with an October 18 Friday evening Dance party featuring New Jersey's Favorite Oldies Bane, The Cameos, performing live all night long while guests take to the dance floor. On Saturday, the Fabulous '50s Street Fair at Fox Park in Wildwood will feature classic cars, food and craft vendors, a beer garden and live performances of our favorite Oldies music by Animal House Band, The Deck Band and Living Proof.

Tickets for all weekend events go on sale on Monday, May 6 at 9 am. Contact the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 609-729-4000 or visit 3306 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood for Concert and Friday Night Dance Party tickets. Tickets for the Saturday Night Concert will also be available through Ticketmaster, priced at $54 -69 for stadium seats and $71.40 - $89.50 for floor seating.

For more information about the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, visit or call 609-729-4000.

For more information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development District Authority launches new online registration system at

Visitors to the Wildwoods can now simply click Book Your Stay to seamlessly plan and book their vacation!


THE WILDWOODS - Booking a vacation in the Wildwoods, NJ is easier than ever before, as the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) announces the launch of a new online hotel and attraction reservation booking system at the destination's official tourism website,

Starting today, visitors initially will be able to directly book accommodations to a number of Wildwoods hotel and motels by simply clicking the Book Your Stay web page. Soon to follow, events, tickets, attractions, concerts and other experiences offering by participating establishments in the Wildwoods will be able to be added to a vacation itinerary, allowing visitors to plan and book their entire vacation prior to leaving their homes.

The new online booking platform will take vacation planning full circle and streamline the process, by allowing visitors to not only plan their entire trip at, but to book it as well, all on one easy-to-use platform. An entire Wildwoods vacation can be planned and booking in minutes. The Wildwoods' new online booking platform, powered by Ripe, enhances an already robust website presence.

"Visitors to the Wildwoods can now seamlessly plan and book their entire trip directly on our website, enjoying the convenience of real-time rates and availability, all without any extra costs to the visitor or our stakeholders," explained Louis M. Belasco, Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) Executive Director.

Rollout of the online booking platform will initially include a select number of partner establishments. Options should become more expansive, however, as more lodging, restaurants and attractions jump on board and provide their inventory.

Belasco added that this is a FREE service to vacationers - and that booking through the Wildwoods website will not cost visitors any more than if they booked directly with the hotel. 

"Booking through our online platform won't incur any additional costs compared to direct bookings," Belasco said. "We are simply streamlining the process to better service our valued guests, making it more convenient for them to plan their vacation in the Wildwoods."

The new booking platform is a welcomed addition to the visitor's vacation planning experience as they enjoy all the great things the Wildwoods have to offer, like the FREE attractions, including FREE sprawling, white-sand beaches, a two-mile world famous Boardwalk, FREE events and festivals, FREE outdoor concerts, FREE Friday Night Fireworks, FREE Movies Under the Stars, live entertainment, FREE scenic bike paths, fishing, nature trails, must-see landmarks and much more - making this family-friendly resort destination one of the most sought-after places to vacation at the Jersey Shore.

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

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Ever-growing Mystic Lobster Roll Company expanding to Wildwood this spring

One of the fastest-growing seafood restaurant chains on the East Coast is coming to Wildwood.

This spring, New Jersey-based Mystic Lobster Roll Company will open its 33rd location at 3115 Pacific Avenue, previously home to Krispy Krunchy Chicken (and for many years before that, Center City Video Outlet).

Owners Philip & Renee Tretola opened the first Mystic-branded location at their marketplace in Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island in 2020. An overnight sensation, its success has spurred an expansion to nearly three dozen restaurants in four states, in just four years’ time.

“It’s been an incredible ride so far, but we feel like we’re just getting started,” said Philip Tretola. “This one is extra special to me because Wildwood is so near and dear to my heart. When this opportunity arose, I couldn’t wait to take it.”

Tretola, 52, born and raised in North Jersey, noted that his family has been vacationing in Wildwood since 1974. 

“It’s like coming home again,” he explained. “I have so many incredible memories made in Wildwood over the years. I learned to swim in the pool at the Pan American [Hotel]. To be able to bring our business to town is a dream come true.”

This is shaping up to be quite the year for the Tretolas, who began franchising Mystic restaurants in 2021 (since expanding at a rate of 7 to 10 new stores each year). In addition to Wildwood, they will be opening locations in Egg Harbor Township, Key West, Florida and Las Vegas (yes - VEGAS!) in the coming weeks.

The catalyst of this growth, of course, is Mystic’s “MAINE Event” - its signature lobster rolls.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

MudHen IPA 5K & Beer Mile: A fun-filled event for runners and beer enthusiasts


THE WILDWOODS - The MudHen IPA 5K & Beer Mile is set to take place beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday, April 19 in the Wildwoods. The event is expected to draw runners and beer lovers from all around, as it offers a unique combination of athleticism and refreshment.

The event is hosted by MudHen Brewing Company and organized by DelMoSports. The MudHen IPA 5K & Beer Mile is the perfect opportunity for participants to push their physical limits while enjoying some of the best craft beers the area has to offer.

The IPA 5K race is held on a scenic route through the Wildwoods, offering breathtaking views of the ocean. The course is a combination of closed roads, boardwalk and bike path, offering a flat terrain for runners of all levels.

After the race, at 7:15 pm, the overall and age group awards ceremony will take place in the MudHen Brewing Company parking lot.

The Beer Mile Island Championship will begin at 7:45 pm and start and finish at the brewery. Come watch as a select group of DelMoSports athletes take on two-time defending champion Justin Ehring in the Beer Mile Championship. This unique athletic event takes place at the spectator-friendly MudHen Track, also known as Rio Grande Avenue. Come cheer on the athletes as they compete for a permanent enshrinement at MudHen Brewery.

For course maps, registration details and additional information pertaining to the MudHen Brewing Company Race Series, please visit

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732,

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority announces record-breaking 2023 tourism season


THE WILDWOODS - The 2023 summer tourism season in the Wildwoods, NJ surpassed expectations and delivered outstanding results.

Fast Facts - The Wildwoods Tourism Revenue posts record gains:

1.  The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) reported that tourism revenue in the key categories of lodging and prepared food & beverage was 31 percent higher in 2023 than the 5-year average tourism revenues. The 2020 pandemic season numbers were not used in this comparison.

2.  Tourism revenue in the key categories of lodging and food & beverage grew almost 5 percent in 2023 over 2022, which was previously an all-time record year for tourism revenue in the Wildwoods.

3.  Tourism revenue growth has averaged 10 percent from 2018 to 2023. In 2018, tourism revenue grew by 3 percent over 2017; in 2019, it grew by 9 percent over 2018; 2021 revenue grew by 22 percent over 2019; in 2022, revenue grew by 10 percent over 2021; and in 2023, revenue grew by 5 percent over 2022.

Throughout 2023, the launch of the new marketing and public relations campaign themed "Get Lost In The Woods... The Wildwoods," as well as increased positive awareness, hundreds of free events and festivals, award-winning free beaches and spectacular weather contributed directly to $10.509 million in tourism tax revenue generated in the Wildwoods in 2023 - a 5 percent increase over the past five-year average for both the 2 percent Tourism Tax and the 1.85 percent Tourism Assessment Tax combined.

The growth represents a $513,186 increase over the Wildwoods' 2022 performance, which was a record of $9.995 million.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Wildwoods Convention Center welcomes Business at the Beach Expo ~ Wednesday, April 17th


THE WILDWOODS - Let's get down to business! The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce's annual Business at the Beach Expo is scheduled to take place Wednesday, April 17 at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

As the premier business networking event in Cape May County, the event showcases businesses in the marketplace and allows them to meet with potential customers and established clients. Attendees are welcome to explore the free expo for all their business needs, make important contacts and also attend the informative keynote session.

Be sure to register to attend the Expo keynote session scheduled at 3 pm. Then head to the expo floor, which is open from 4 pm to 7 pm.

With quality exhibitors and attendees gathered from the business community, this is the best opportunity business representatives will have all year to showcase their products and services. The Business at the Beach Expo is known for its open, relaxed atmosphere, which is conducive to making key business contacts.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting

This year's keynote speaker is Sherwood Taylor, the senior director of Workforce Development at Atlantic Cape Community College. His informative session will feature the topic, "Leadership and Workforce Development."

For additional information about the Business at the Beach Expo, call 609-465-7181 or visit

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

Monday, March 18, 2024

The Wildwoods, NJ: Top Shore Destination for Dogs

Whether it's a day at the beach or a week-long vacation, the Wildwoods have dozens of businesses and accommodations that are pet friendly...


THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods, NJ are thrilled to welcome vacationers and their four-legged friends for a vacation experience that's sure to please. Whether it's a day at the beach or a week-long vacation, the Wildwoods have dog beaches, dog parks and dozens of businesses and accommodations that are pet friendly.

Dog-Friendly Beach and Recreational Attractions

From May through October, four-legged friends have a special, designated beach area to call their own at Glenwood Avenue in Wildwood. Just to be safe, all dogs must be licensed, must always be leashed, except inside the enclosed beach dog park, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their four-legged friends. North Wildwood beaches allow dogs during the summer season, anytime when lifeguards are off duty (lifeguard hours are 9:30 am to 5:30 pm).

The Wildwoods Dog Beach has been named one of the Top 10 "Best Dog Friendly Beaches in the U.S." in the 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA Today. USA Today 10Best teamed up with to nominate the 20 most dog-friendly beaches in the nation. The Wildwoods Dog Beach received the second highest number of votes, ranking it #2 overall in the U.S.

Tails wag as dogs make their way across the Boardwalk and onto the sand as they approach the 25-foot-tall red Fire Hydrant Sculpture at the beach Dog Park - right at the entrance to the Dog Beach. The Dog Park is completely fenced in, so there is enough room for dogs to run and stretch their legs. It is separated into two sections - one for large breed dogs and the other for small breed dogs. As with the Dog Beach, all dogs entering the Dog Park must be licensed, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their four-legged friends.