Boating in Wildwood, New Jersey
Miles of Smiles
There’s a special feeling you get when you visit the Wildwoods – Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. Maybe it’s the invigorating feel of the salt air on your face or the inviting aroma of freshly made funnel cake. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia evoked by strolling the famous NJ Boardwalk, with its carnival-like atmosphere that’s so reminiscent of those carefree childhood vacations. Or maybe it’s just the sense that here, the Good Old Days are still very much alive and well. Whatever it is, it’s been drawing millions of visitors to this five-mile-long, family-friendly Island for generations.
What to do
Visit the famous Wildwood Boardwalk. An assortment of neon lights, delicious treats, arcade and carnival-style games and amusements, the Wildwoods’ Boardwalk is two miles of fun, food and families. More than just rides and games, the Boardwalk is also host to an endless number of shops and eateries - offering a delicious mixture of goodies from fresh roasted nuts to fudge straight from the kettle, traditional ‘Boardwalk’ fare like pizza, funnel cakes, ice cream and cotton candy to BBQ, thick juicy Hamburgers and cheese steaks to fresh seafood.
Go for a wild ride at Morey's Piers on the boardwalk. All those flashy rides you see along the boardwalk are part of the 3 piers that make up Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks. Each pier has unique and exciting rides to entertain and thrill you. The 38-block Boardwalk boasts everything from kiddie rides to family rides to looping, world-class roller coasters. Purchase tickets just for the day or multiple day passes that allow you unlimited access to all the rides you could ride. (3501 Boardwalk, www.moreyspiers.com/)
Mini golf is a must-do in Wildwood. As you drive or walk around Wildwood, you'll soon realize that there is no shortage of mini golf courses to chose from. We recommend Duffers mini golf and ice cream parlor. The 18-hole course is filled with fun holes designed to test your skills but also be great for the whole family. After you survive the 18 hole course, indulge in some of Duffers homemade ice creams, made fresh every morning, on-site. (5210 Pacific Avenue, 609-729-1817, dufferswildwood.com/)
Where to Dine
Jersey Girl Drinks and Dining located in downtown Wildwood, is a new hip restaurant with casual atmosphere combined with quality food and exceptional service. Check out their newly renovated restaurant, or eat outside on the patio, around the bar or at the pub tables. The menu consists of chef selections, appetizers, light fares, kids menu and great specials. From locally caught Dayboat Scallops with tomato spinach risotto, to Chicken topped with jumbo lump crabmeat served with fresh Jersey asparagus and a light brurre blanc sauce. Jersey Girl Drinks and Dining is sure to please your palate. (3601 Atlantic Ave, 609-523-1800, www.jerseygirldrinksanddining.com/).
Mack's is a must-have in Wildwood. The Mack Pie dates back nearly sixty years and 1953 is this famous pie hit the Wildwood Boardwalk. Locals and visitors alike will tell you that for a classic Wildwood favorite, you gotta go to Mack's. Aside from the great pizza that has been a fixture in Wildwood for so long, the staff is friendly and energetic and more then willing to tell you the history of the famous place. Mack's has multiple locations along the boardwalk.
If you're looking for something different, Chinese fare perhaps, look no further then Dragon House. This restuarant comes highly recommended and offers excellent Chinese food for a great value. Some fabulous dishes to try include Szechuan shrimp and /or lobster, the dumplings (they're huge!), and the sesame chicken. Dragon's is a good choice for lunch, dinner or take out. (3616 Pacific Avenue, 609-522-2320).
Where to Dock
Schooner Island Marina can be your home for the summer season or the weekend for a short stay. Their expert mechanics and dock hands will fuel and service your boat, while you enjoy the many amenities of their family-friendly marina, fine restaurants and the nearby attractions of Wildwood and Cape May. The docking capabilities include a floating dock system, slips for vessels up to 110-ft, guest dockage, and a fuel dock. Fresh water and 110v/220v electric hook ups are available at each slip.