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“A nice surprise!”
Review of Wildwood Beach

Wildwood Beach
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Wildwood
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Owner description: A wide beach that appeals to families.
Perrysburg, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A nice surprise!”
Reviewed 18 July 2012

This was our first visit to Wildwood, New Jersey. Quite honestly, we are Outer Banks fans as we love their clean, pristine beach, but for the shortened drive we were not dissatisfied with the Jersey shore. The atmosphere is definitely different. We go to the Outer Banks to hang out on the beach all day, everyday. At Wildwood, you could choose to hang out at the beach or go to the amusement/water parks.

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We stayed at the Starlux which was nice, but at the south end of the boardwalk which means --a lot of walking to get your amusement park wristbands everyday unless you want to pay $2.50 per person to get to customer service on the tramcar (wristbands can be purchased in a package if you stay at one of the Morey's motels which is worth the money). After you get your wristband for the day, you can ride the tramcar free until 5:00. The Starlux offers a small continental breakfast which includes bagels, small muffins/danishes, coffee and juice. It's not much so I would highly recommend bringing a couple of boxes of Pop Tarts for the kids or a box of cereal. The Starlux also has bikes you can borrow in the morning (first come, first serve) and a few boogie/skim boards. You can only ride on the boardwalk until 11:00 so if you plan to bike, do it early. The boogie/skim boards go fast as there are only a few, so grab them when you go get your breakfast. Advice on where to stay - stay at a Morey motel the farthest north that you can on the boardwalk to avoid all of the walking. Walking is good, but is does get old with complaining teenagers.

Make your decision of what days to do the beach and what days to do the amusements parks --much less walking and carrying stuff around.

The beach is huge! We found that if we entered the beach near the convention center then the walk on the sand wasn't sooooo long.

We ate breakfast in room, packed our lunches for beach and water parks (you can take food in) and ate dinner out. We ate at Shillingers (sp?) our first night. Good seafood, but kids were not fans of the restaurant - hubby and I should have gone there and let the kids get Subway across the street, would have been much cheaper. Same with the second night - we ate at Bandido's (mexican - sp?) - kids would have rather had Subway. The third night we ate at Stewart's on the boardwalk. The kids chose that restaurant--it was just their style. One day for lunch we did eat on the boardwalk - hand dipped corn dogs, pizza and potato tornados with fresh squeezed lemon shake-ups. It was yummy!

We have teenagers so they loved the boardwalk atmosphere and the amusement/water parks. The boardwalk pretty much has the same type of vendors all the way down - junk food and obscene t-shirts, etc as well as the silly stuffed animal type games. A little bit of the boardwalk went a long way.

If you don't plan to ride the rides at the piers don't get a pass. You can sit and watch all of it without the pass. However, you must buy the water park pass to get into the water park. The lazy river and hammocks were my favorite part of the water park, but the kids loved the rides. The water park has lockers you can use. You pay $10 for the locker and when you return the key, you get $5 back.

Visited July 2012
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Lewisville, Texas
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33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Very hustle and bustle”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

My husband has a soft place in his heart for Wildwood, as he spent many a summer vacations here as a kid. I could take it or leave it. For me it's a teenagers beach, or a party animal and I am neither. The board walk is packed to gills in the summer, and if you're trying to navagate the traffic with small children and a stroller forget about it. I was terrified my children or me would be run over by the tram car, or unruly teens. In addition, the 1/4 trek across the hot sand to actually get anywhere near the water is daunting enough, add in 4 children, a husband, umbrella's, toys, cooler, blankets, towels, you get the picture, TOURTURE!! If you have to go, skip Wildwood, stay in Wildwood Creast, much nicer, quieter, and and way shorter trek to the water. Hit the main Wildwood board walk at night, if you dare, it does have the authentic east coast beach town feel, just not my cup of tea.

Visited August 2011
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
1 review
“clean”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

Just a nice clean big beach well patroled and it's also free.

Visited July 2012
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The softest whitest sand on the Jersey shore”
Reviewed 15 July 2012

Big soft white and clean sand. Of all the New Jersey beaches this is my favorite. One word of warning is that they just started building an RV parking lot on the beach and that is going to make it uglier in the near future. If that is not stopped the beach will become an eyesore and might even become dirty from the RVs parking on the sand. I know the view from the boardwalk will not be as picture perfect when this is done.

Visited July 2012
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“worth the walk”
Reviewed 14 July 2012

The wildwood beach is know for its wide spanse.....a LONG walk to the water....but it is clean and nice and well guarded.....and there are spots in North wher you can be closer to the beach and there is always the beach shuttle @ Oak Ave to take you and all your stuff out to the water......Great beach!

Visited July 2012
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