Make a Splash in the Wildwoods, NJ
Updated: Oct 7
Make a Splash in the Wildwoods, NJ
When it comes to making a splash, the Wildwoods have so much to offer – from miles of ocean waves to wade, surf, boogie-board or cast a fishing line; to waterslides, tube floats and raft rides, heart-racing jet skis and power boats.
Cool Ocean Fun
Five miles of Atlantic Ocean surround the Wildwoods, fronted by spacious and beautiful, FREE white-sand, beaches with plenty of room to spread out. They are the perfect spot for making a splash in the summer sun whether you’re surfing, boogie boarding, power boating, jet skiing, sailing, or kayaking.
Wet and Wild Water Parks
Along with award-winning beaches, another ‘must do’ is our world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk – where more opportunities to splash around can be found. Known as ‘2-½ miles of smiles,’ the boardwalk has fun for everyone, whether you’re looking for relaxation or thrills and adventure. Morey’s Piers offers a large beachfront waterpark – Raging Waters, located at the end of Mariner’s Pier for cool relief on a hot summer day, with plunging waterfalls, cool cabanas, spas, hydrochutes, speed slides, raft rides, tube floats, lazy rivers, waterslides, rope swings, and water guns for soaking. For more information visit https://www.moreyspiers.com/water-parks.
Splash Zone, located at 3500 Boardwalk, offers all day wet and wild fun, with slides galore for excitement and their iconic 1,000-gallon dumping bucket. It also features the island’s only Flow Rider Surfing attraction plus relaxing cabanas and outdoor bar. For more information on their COVID procedures visit https://www.splashzonewaterpark.com/covid-19-faq/.
Seaport Pier, located at 22nd Street and the Boardwalk in North Wildwood, features restaurants, bars, a swim club and small outdoor concert venue area. This multi-purpose venue with resort-style amenities for regional and tourist guests provides year-round entertainment and activities for visitors of all ages. For more information visit https://www.seaportpier.com/.
Fishing and Crabbing
The seas surrounding the Wildwoods are rife with flounder, weakfish, tautog, bluefish and striped bass. Not only do the commercial fishermen know the value of the area, but those who fish for fun are aware of the ocean’s plentiful bounty, too. Throughout the warmer months of the year, visitors and locals alike enjoy taking the entire family out for a day of boating and fishing. The bayside of the island is filled with boat slips and marinas where boat owners keep their vessels, as well as where charter and party boat operators dock their boats.
Charter and party boat captains in the Wildwoods offer excursions, ranging from night fishing trips for bluefish or drum-fish; full-day excursions in search of tuna, marlin and swordfish; or a Mississippi River-style paddleboat journey for those who prefer to take in the serene sights rather than catching “the big one.” Whether it’s a father-and-son or father-and-daughter outing, a guys’ day out, or a full family event, fishing in the Wildwoods’ waters will grant you some of the largest catches off the coast and back bays along the Jersey Shore. Fishing boats typically offer four, six or eight-hour trips. Those who find themselves in need of fishing equipment are gladly outfitted with the necessary rigs and bait.
In addition to fishing charters, there are several sightseeing boats in the Wildwoods, each with a captain well-versed in the local marine environment and all with a near-perfect record for finding schools of bottle-nosed dolphins and often whales that make the local waters their home in the summer.
Another maritime activity favored by those in the Wildwoods is crabbing, done in the marshy areas and back bays of the island. Crabbing is a fun, low-cost activity the entire family can enjoy from area bulkheads, fishing piers or from a boat using nets, cages or hand lines. There are bait and tackle shops throughout the Wildwoods where the personnel will help the most inexperienced crabbers choose bait and equipment and provide suggestions and tips for bringing in a good catch that can feed an entire family a fresh blue claw crab dinner.
Fast and Fun Watercraft Activities
For thrill-seekers, the Wildwoods offer high-speed water excursions onboard large speedboats that race along the shores, giving passengers an exhilarating and often refreshing glimpse of the island and its environs from the ocean.
For the more independent thrill-seekers, personal watercraft vehicles (wave runners) can be rented by the hour or day along the beach and bay. Windsurfing is another popular activity for water lovers, especially in Wildwood Crest’s vast Sunset Lake, which has ample space and wind without the wake of the ocean. Parasailing along the coastline is yet another option offering an unmatched maritime experience.
Whether you opt for a full day of fishing, a sightseeing dinner cruise or a few hours zipping over the waves, don’t miss the opportunity to splash around in the Wildwoods, surrounded by the bounty and beauty of the sea.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.