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.
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.
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