Friday, April 26, 2013

The Wildwoods’ Sandy Recovery Tour Highlights Post-Sandy at the Shore


Today the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) hosted a Sandy Recovery Media Tour of the Wildwoods to show that the Wildwoods were virtually unscathed by Superstorm Sandy and ready to host visitors for another summer of family fun.

The attendees of the Sandy Recovery Tour, which included members of the print, broadcast and online media, toured the Wildwoods and its many attractions via trolley to see first-hand that the Wildwoods are ready and open for business. Following the tour, lunch on the world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk was provided by Jumbos Seafood Restaurant, Morey’s Mariners Pier, Schellenger Ave. & the Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ.

Attendees checked in at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ where they toured the facility and were addressed by GWTIDA’s Executive Director John Siciliano before boarding the Trolley for a tour of the island. Stops along the tour included the iconic Wildwoods sign, the Doo Wop motel district, Sunset Lake, the new Cresse Avenue Boardwalk bike path connector, Centennial Park Amphitheatre, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Doo Wop Experience Museum, the Angelsea Entertainment District, the North Wildwood Sea Wall, Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and English Gardens, Pacific Avenue’s Restaurant Row, a ride up the world-famous Wildwoods’ Boardwalk  aboard the iconic Sightseer Tram Car  and some of the new attractions to the Island.

One new attraction the attendees got a first look at was Splash Zone Waterpark’s new Flow House, a $1.9 million venue featuring entertainment, music, food and beverages, and most importantly – The FlowRider Double. This is the largest expenditure in the park's history. Scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend, Flow House will allow anyone over 42” in height an opportunity to try out flow boarding – a hybrid form of the sport of boarding combining concepts from surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. 

This addition to Splash Zone Waterpark is only one of five in the world and will be a must-attend attraction in the Wildwoods! 

At Morey’s Piers, the improvements every year keep on building. Morey’s Piers representatives spoke about their new attractions and additions, including renovations of the Zoom Phloom and the ever so famous Boat Tag boardwalk game as well as some digital advances to enhance the visitors’ experience.

Many new and expanding eateries in the Wildwoods will add to the culinary delights throughout the Island. Morey’s Piers has made some renovations to Joe’s Fish Co., located on 26th and the Boardwalk and has added the Soggy Dollar Beach Bar at Ocean Oasis Waterpark.

Other restaurants making their debut this summer in the Wildwoods will include the Establishment at 100 in North Wildwood located at 100 Olde New Jersey Avenue; A Brick Oven Pizza restaurant at the site of the old Casba Comedy Club at 3810 Atlantic Ave.; and Sofia’s Italian Restaurant at the former Gia at Glenwood and Pacific Avenues.

And returning this year is Jamaica Me Hungry, a popular restaurant located in the Regal Plaza Hotel, 9501 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Crest. Jamaica Me Hungry will open Memorial Day Weekend and is ready to serve its loyal customers again. 

The Wildwoods continue to grow and expand and this tour highlighted what’s new and exciting, as well as showing everyone that the Wildwoods are open for business and ready to welcome visitors this summer to create more family memories.

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

About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions.

The Wildwoods were selected in 2013 as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. The Wildwoods were named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and was one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others. 

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 1-800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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