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North Wildwood Beach, New Jersey

For 2012, The Wildwoods take the prize as being the best beach in New Jersey. It’s hard to compete with this awesome beach which combines all sorts of fun into one location. The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium released the news recently in Sandy Hook that Wildwood was number one.

There are actually three beach areas that take the prize almost every year: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. We are going to take a look at North Wildwood today and tell you what we’ve found and how you can plan an incredible day or weekend here.

Oh, and by the way, if you’re in the Jersey area anyway and not close to Wildwood, know that Ocean City came in second this time are and other cities making it into the running were Long Beach Island, Sea Isle City, Belmar, Cape May, Manasquan, Island Beach State Park, Sandy Hook and Seaside Heights.

North Wildwood Beach, New JerseyIf you like amusement parks, you’ll really like Wildwood NJ, and you’ll love Morey’s Piers! With 3 amusement piers and 2 beachfront waterparks spanning over 6 beach blocks. They have rides that will delight kids of any age, but they are known for some of the best rollers coasters in NJ.

All three of Morey’s amusement piers have a variety of games to choose from. From long-range hoops shooting to wacky fun water races! Test your skill with any number of dart games, fortune wheels and dime and quarter pitches where you can win stuffed animals, or any number of other prizes.

Wildwood is where you’ll find all the action on the little barrier island that is also home to Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. You’ll find families, mobs of teens, and recent grads celebrating — all sharing the beaches and boardwalk.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day and beyond, families, teens, grads, and more flock to Wildwood to celebrate summer. More than 250,000 people fill Wildwood at the height of summer; the off-season population is under 10,000. Quiet isolation? You probably won’t find that in Wildwood!

The crowds may be a little frustrating at times, but if you want to be where the action is, you want to be in Wildwood! The Irish Weekend Fall Festival also coincides with a large classic car show on the boardwalk; so whether you’re a car lover or you want to celebrate your Irish heritage, the Irish Weekend Fall Festival is the place to be in September! Between the boardwalk and the Inlet at Anglesea is where you can catch all of the action.

Irish Weekend 2009 will take place September 25-27. If you’ll be visiting North Wildwood during the Irish Fall Festival Weekend, you may be wondering what else is going on. Have no fear — North Wildwood is full of fun things to do all year round.

While in Wildwood you must go visit the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse located in North Wildwood. This beautiful old lighthouse sits atop an old Victorian home where the lighthouse keeper and his family lived.

North Wildwood Boardwalk - New Jersey

Built in 1874 this lighthouse has five fireplaces and a beautiful living space for the family while they cared for the lighthouse. This lighthouse can be seen for 13 nautical miles and only stands 57 fett above sea level. Go visit this beautiful lighthouse and feel the history.

The massive boardwalk in Wildwood is a great place for some family fun. All along the strip you will find carnival type food and treats and games of chance. The boardwalk is also a popular destination for special events throughout the entire summer season.

One of the top attractions on the boardwalk is Morey’s Piers, the largest amusement park operator in the state of New Jersey and the largest pier park in the world! With over 100 rides and attractions and two large beachfront water parks, this seaside amusement park makes for a fantastic day for the whole family. Nearby, the Splash Zone water park is home to some of the best water rides in the state, and is perfectly family-friendly.

Great White at Morey’s Piers, NJ

The off-season population of Wildwood is over 5,400 according to the 2000 census, but 250,000 or more visit the island during peak vacation time. In the off-season Wildwood is like any small New Jersey town, but from the spring until late autumn the town is ready for fun. Local residents and vacationers enjoy the beaches, the boardwalk, salt water taffy, funnel cakes, popcorn, suntan lotion, fresh breezes and the amusement piers and water attractions. The Wildwood boardwalk is world-famous for many reasons. It is over 2 miles long and runs for 38 city blocks.

The boardwalk was built at the turn of the last century and its claim-to-fame is well-founded because it has more rides than Disneyland, is bigger than Coney Island and first-time visitors will discover no less than five amusement piers, including the world-renowned Morey’s Piers amusement complex and Raging Waters water park (owned and operated by Morey’s Piers), arcade games, carousels, world-class roller coasters, restaurants, fudge from the kettle, funnel cakes, ice cream, saltwater taffy, a movie theater, souvenir shops, carnival games, the convention center and the Boardwalk Chapel.

In the summer trams run the boards from sunrise to sunset and the old-fashioned trolley runs all year long. Add to this the fabulous Doo-Wop architecture of the hotels, motels and other buildings and you may be moved to take the Doo-Wop trolley tour to see all the sights. After all, you’re in the Doo-Wop Capital of the World and you shouldn’t miss seeing why this area is a living tribute to the time when Rock and Roll was King.

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