Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Wildwoods to Officially Open Dog-Friendly Beach for the Summer on Saturday, June 14


Dogs and their owners will now be able to enjoy fun-filled days together at a dedicated area of the Wildwoods’ beach starting Saturday, June 14.

City officials will cut the ribbon to officially open the newly designated dog-friendly beach located at Poplar Avenue at noon on Saturday, June 14. Previously, dogs were permitted on the beaches only during the off-season, a hindrance for summer vacationing families who travel with their four-legged friends. Now the Wildwoods are a summer shore vacation destination for man’s best friend as well.

“The dog-friendly beach that is now open for the summer makes the Wildwoods that much more of a family-friendly destination,” said executive director of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) John Siciliano.

“Many families consider their four-legged friends family members and insist on traveling with their pets. The Wildwoods now make it possible for the entire 'family' to vacation together,” he added.

The new ordinance – passed on May 14 – designates an area of the Wildwoods’ beach at Poplar Avenue as dog-friendly. The ordinance requires dogs to be licensed and on a leash at all times. Owners are also responsible for cleaning up after their pets and disposing the waste in a designated dog waste trash bin.

Dogs will be able to visit the beach from 6 a.m. until dusk and will be permitted on the boardwalk at the access ramps of Poplar Avenue and Magnolia Avenue to access the beach.

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 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.

The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2014, 2013 and 2012; and the Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine. In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also 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 were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

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

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