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Wild rides & whale watching on the Jersey Shore

Located in Cape May County, New Jersey, the shore town of Wildwood along the Atlantic Coast is one of the most popular summer getaways in the state. For locals, Wildwood is known as a place for families to have an unforgettable summer vacation, but the destination also boasts some historical landmarks and natural scenic viewpoints. The population hovers around 5,000 residents for much of the year, but busy weekends in the summer can see the total population skyrocket to a quarter of a million people at a time. Whether you're single and looking for some lively beach nightlife or you are planning a quiet family trip to the shore, Wildwood is a great choice for fun throughout the year.

Things to see and do in Wildwood

Wildwood's beaches

The biggest reason to visit Wildwood is the coastline, including the nearly two-mile boardwalk that stretches along the beach. All of the beaches in the area are free and public, which means you'll have plenty of selection when you visit. The Inlet, which is closer to the North Wildwood end, is a top spot for families who want to spread out and avoid the most crowded areas. Diamond Beach, nearer to the other end of the boardwalk, is a top pick for teens and young adults happy to be in the center of it all.

Major attractions in Wildwood

One of the biggest attractions in all of Wildwood is the afore-mentioned boardwalk that runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. It's here that you can play games, sip a drink at sunset, shop for souvenirs, or grab a meal with friends and family. The boardwalk is also home to an aquarium and a variety of roller coasters and thrill rides designed for a range of ages. Off the boardwalk, find museums and historic architecture from the 1950s, when Wildwood's reputation as a vacation spot first began. Other popular attractions include the nearby Cape May Zoo, the open-air 19th-century history museum called Cold Spring Village, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse that was built in 1874, and the Wildwood Aviation Museum, which is packed with World War II-era aircraft.

Staying active in Wildwood

Although just reclining in the sand and listening to the waves can be the best way to pass the time in Wildwood, there's a lot more to do in this coastal New Jersey destination. To collect your own dinner, head to the bay to try out fishing or even crabbing. Animal lovers can set off on a boat tour to see the whales and dolphins, which are easy to spot between March and December. Other outdoor adventures you can add to your itinerary: parasailing, jet-skiing, sailing and surfing. Boat and board rentals are available from many Wildwood hotels, as well as from small shops along the coast.

Travel information

If you're planning to fly to Wildwood, your best bet is to arrive at the Atlantic City Airport (ACY), which is just 45 minutes away from the shore, or Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is two hours from the shore. Buses service a main station in Wildwood from cities throughout New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Once you've made it to Wildwood, you can park your car in one spot and rely on public transport or walking to get around. The area is safe for pedestrians, and most Wildwood hotels are within walking distance of the beaches and major attractions. Multiple taxi services, as well as an inexpensive tram car, can give your feet a break if you have farther to travel in town.

Best time of year to visit Wildwood

For the warm summers that Wildwood is known for, visiting between June and August is ideal. However, these months also bring big crowds that can increase the price of accommodation. Quieter months that see steady sunny skies are April, May, September and October, the so-called “shoulder season.” In the middle of winter, prices are at their lowest, but some attractions are closed, and the beach may be too cold for swimming. Vacationing in Wildwood is always exciting, and this unique city-by-the-sea truly has something for everyone.

Recently booked Wildwood hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Daytona Inn and Suites 1 hour ago 3 stars $79
Sea Foam Motel 1 day ago 2 stars $103
Blue Palms Resort 4 days ago 2 stars $69
Days Inn & Suites Wildwood 6 days ago 2 stars $152

Recently Rated Wildwood Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Days Inn & Suites Wildwood
3.4 / 5
25 reviews
2 stars $152
Daytona Inn and Suites
3.6 / 5
148 reviews
3 stars $79
Blue Palms Resort
3.5 / 5
16 reviews
2 stars $69
Sea Foam Motel
2.4 / 5
17 reviews
2 stars $103
Quarterdeck Motel
2.3 / 5
14 reviews
3 stars Choose dates
The StarLux
3.5 / 5
27 reviews
2 stars Choose dates
The Diplomat Beach Club Suites
2.4 / 5
5 reviews
3 stars $129
Casa del Sol Motel
2.0 / 5
3 reviews
2 stars Choose dates

Featured Wildwood Hotels

From $79

1 Daytona Inn and Suites

3 stars
3.6 / 5 148 reviews

4010 Atlantic Ave

Easy on the wallet, close to the beach in Wildwood with kitchens, poolsAll ages enjoy a trip to back-in-time Wildwood and the Daytona Motor Inn. Good, old-fashioned fun on the beachfront Boardwalk,...

Awesome Family gtrip
Will definitely stay there again. Great location in Wildwood.
Feb 23, 2015
From $69

2 Blue Palms Resort

2 stars
3.5 / 5 16 reviews

3601 Atlantic Avenue

The Wildwoods is an island made up of three prominent sections North Wildwood located just north of the center of Wildwood with Wildwood Crest which is just to the south. With yearround events...

Great Family Friendly Hotel
We came to Wildwood NJ in June 2014 for a family vacation with our 2 year old daughter. The hotel was very clean and felt very safe for our family. We got a 2 room suite which was very nice and...
Jan 5, 2015
From $152

3 Days Inn & Suites Wildwood

2 stars
3.4 / 5 25 reviews

4610 Ocean Avenue

Stay 3, Save 20%

All suites all the time, right across from the beachSummer in Wildwood is all about the beach. Days Suite-Wildwood attracts families and friends set for a day on the sand, right across the street....

get away
nice we had a very good stay .and will be going back !
Mar 24, 2015

4 Quarterdeck Motel

3 stars
2.3 / 5 14 reviews

320 East Pine Avenue

Located on the corner of Ocean and Pine Avenues A Resort Motel in the center of Wildwood Located in between Mariners Landing and Surfside both with water parks and ferris wheel Best view of...

Okay for 1 night -- keep in mind it's a MOTEL
The front desk person mumbled half the time and was just "blah". Room smelled like an old wet towel mixed with bleach. Good thing about it was that it was a Great location, and decent pool, decent...
Sep 22, 2014
From $129

5 The Diplomat Beach Club Suites

3 stars
2.4 / 5 5 reviews

225 East Wildwood Avenue

All guests must be at least 25 years of age or accompanied by an adult over the age of 25 ID may be required at checkin Misrepresentation voids reservation Free Parking for 1 Vehicle per room...

6 The StarLux

2 stars
3.5 / 5 27 reviews

305 East Rio Grande Avenue

Step into The StarLux and be swept away to another era when Doo Wop ruled and life was simpler. The StarLux is a fun home base for your shore vacation with amenities and services expected by...

Family weekend getaway
My family of four stayed in the very spacious and clean two bedroom suite. It was wonderful, with balcony views of the ocean and boardwalk. Nice small continental breakfast, great value. I would...
Sep 22, 2014
From $103

7 Sea Foam Motel

2 stars
2.4 / 5 17 reviews

4110 Atlantic Ave

Save 15% on your stay!

Sea Foam Motel Wildwood is located near the beach in Wildwood and close to Adventure Pier, Wildwood Beach, and Boardwalk Chapel. Nearby points of interest also include Wildwood Convention Center...

Irish weekend
The room was okay, not as comfortable as we thought, everything needs improvement n update the room. No wifi connection if your apt is far end with no open air n the windows need update too. But...
Sep 23, 2014

8 Casa del Sol Motel

2 stars
2.0 / 5 3 reviews

4109 Ocean Avenue

The Casa del Sol Motel is the ideal location to stay in Wildwood. We are just a few steps to the boardwalk and the best free beach in New Jersey. We offer a sparkling pool with a large deck area...