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Friday, October 18, 2019

Family Fun at Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf

Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf in Wildwood, New Jersey
Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf is one of the funnest courses you can play while visiting Wildwood in New Jersey. The course is played indoors and under black lights. It's totally air conditioned so you can play on those very hot days when you don't want to be out on the beach or on days when its raining outside.

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Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf in Wildwood, New Jersey

Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf in Wildwood, New Jersey

You'll find them located directly on the Wildwoods Boardwalk at 3616 Boardwalk. You'll see the signage out front. You'll head up the stairs and pay your admission at the counter where you'll be handed your golf clubs, balls and a score card. You can visit their website HERE.

It's really dark inside so you need to pay attention to where you're going and watch your step. I almost tripped a few times due to how dark it is...but it was totally worth it because its a fun and unique course to play.
Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf in Wildwood, New Jersey

Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf in Wildwood, New Jersey


Each hole is entirely different and the artwork on the floor, walls, ceiling, etc. glows-in-the-dark underneath the black lights. You'll see various type's of dragons, castles, moats, fire pits, draw bridges, chains, etc. It's pretty cool.

We had two adults in our party and played on an afternoon when they weren't busy. From start to finish it took us about 30 minutes to get through the course. On average our score was 2 to 3 par on each hole. Fairly easy course for adults to play. The course is NOT handicap friendly, so if you can't do stairs...this course is not for you.
Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf in Wildwood, New Jersey

Dragon's Lair Miniature Golf in Wildwood, New Jersey


Here's a few tips to know before you go:

1. Check their website and Facebook page for current hours and for specials.
2. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
3. If you have a little pen-light flashlight...take it! You can use that to help see when marking your score card.
4. If you want to avoid crowds...go during a weekday or weekend afternoon.

There are at least a dozen mini golf courses in the Wildwood and Cape May area and Dragon's Lair is one of the best! Unlike the others its played indoors and underneath black lights.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The BEST Oceanfront Hotel in North Wildwood - Aloha Oceanfront Motel

Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey
The Aloha Oceanfront Motel offers you family-friendly accommodations with the BEST oceanfront views of the Atlantic Ocean in North Wildwood. It's the perfect destination for families and couples who want to soak up the sun at the Jersey Shore.

One of the things that makes this motel so special is that it's family owned and operated. Upon arrival they make you feel welcomed, important and by the time you check-out you'll feel like part of the family. The staff is well-trained. helpful and friendly. Guests come back to the Aloha year after year, decade after decade.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

Upon arrival you'll head into the office for the check-in process. It's quick and easy. Within a few minutes you'll be on your way. The office is open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. After hours you can reach the office staff via phone. Someone is always available to help you.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

At the Aloha you'll find comfortable and modern, oceanfront and ocean view, 1 and 2 bedroom suites. All of their suites are spacious, beautifully decorated and extremely clean. Rooms include a full-size refrigerator, 2 burner cook-top, microwave, cookware, dinnerware, and utensils. You're responsible for washing & drying your own dishes! All of the kitchenettes have been recently updated with beautiful new kitchen cabinets and counter-tops.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

The sitting area includes a pull-out sofa and with the 2-bedroom suite you'll have a pull-out sofa and a loveseat. One of the things we love about the sitting area is that its all open...you don't feel closed-in. There's plenty of room for everyone in the family to stretch out and relax.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

When we stay at the Aloha we always book the Deluxe Oceanfront Suite with an all glass front which gives you a front-row seat to the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. You can sit at the table and enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner while enjoying beautiful views of the water. Pop open a window or two and you can hear the waves crashing onto the sand.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

In the bedroom you'll find two double beds, a large dresser and a TV with remote control. The mattresses are really comfortable and you get plenty of pillows on the bed. Like all of the other rooms, the bedrooms are beautifully decorated with plenty of room for you and your luggage. Each bedroom has a modern charging port so that you can charge up your electronic devices when needed. I can honestly tell you...the Aloha is the only motel in North Wildwood that I'm personally aware of that has these charging ports!
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

Let's talk about the bathroom. The bathroom in your suite is larger than most that I've seen on the island. You get plenty of bath towels, wash cloths, a bath mat, make-up remover cloth, toiletries, extra toilet paper, box of facial tissues, a hair dryer, etc. all in your bathroom. The vanity is modern and if you're a female...you'll find plenty of light when applying your make-up. All of the bath linens are plush, soft and beautifully folded. I love the little touches like the rosette placed on top of the toilet paper and the personalized Aloha Oceanfront Motel shower curtain.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

On the second floor you'll find the large oceanfront sundeck with lounging chairs, sitting chairs and umbrella tables. You can sit on the sundeck and soak up the rays, enjoy a meal or just socialize with your friends and family.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

When it comes to on-site entertainment you'll find a game room on the bottom floor that is open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. You can enjoy a friendly game of air hockey, play a few video games or try your skill with the crane machine. We love having an on-site game room to help entertain the kids when they're traveling with us.
Aloha Oceanfront Motel in North Wildwood, New Jersey

The Oceanfront Coffee Shop is open for breakfast and lunch 7-days a week during the in-season and during weekend in the off-season. When we stay at the Aloha we like to start off our day by having breakfast at the coffee shop before we head out. Its really nice to get up in the morning and not have to drive anywhere to get breakfast. You can check out our extensive previous review on the coffee shop to learn more.

Aloha Oceanfront Motel
210 John F Kennedy Beach Drive
North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Phone: (609) 522-5566
Web: http://www.alohaoceanfrontmotel.com/
Availability: Open Mid April through Mid October

We've been staying at the Aloha Oceanfront Motel for the past 19 years. It's the perfect place to build your family memories and honestly...you'll find no better place to stay on the Wildwood island.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Paying Our Respect at the Flight 93 National Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania
September 11th is a day that I'll never forget. I know where I was and what I was doing when the 2 hijacked planes hit the Twin Towers in New York City. I was getting ready for work that morning and was just about out our front door when the breaking news came onto the television. After a few minutes I knew this was a day that would change America forever.

The Flight 93 National Memorial is located just north of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It's the crash site of United Airlines flight 93. The memorial honors the crew and passengers who fought the terrorists on that fateful day. Thanks to their bravery...the hijacked plane never reached its intended target. In my honest opinion, they saved countless lives that day thanks to their own sacrifice.
Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania

Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania

You can visit the site year round, weather permitting. The visitor's center is open every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. It's free to visit. Can't get there yourself? Check out the live web cam HERE.

The memorial was designed by Paul and Milena Murdoch of Los Angeles, California and their design team. The memorial was titled Crescent of Embrace with the first phase of the permanent memorial completed and dedicated on September 10th, 2011. There was some controversy about the "Crescent" design, so it was officially modified into a circle to address those concerns. You can find information online and at the visitor's center if you wish to learn more about that.
Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania

Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania

In 2017 new construction began to erect the Tower of Voices monument which stands 93 feet tall. The tower contains 40 wind chimes to represent each crew member and passenger who died that day. Made from cement...it was completed in 2018 and can be seen from miles away. It's really impressive when you see it in person. Humbling and a great way to honor those who gave their lives on 9-11.

When visiting we recommend that you start your visit at the visitor's center which sits up on a hill over-looking the crash site and memorial. Inside you'll find interactive displays, exhibits, pamphlets, mini videos, etc. The staff is very friendly and will give you additional information if you need it. Public restrooms are also located there.
Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania

You'll find the 40 white marble panels that make up the Wall of Names positioned on the flight path which lists all of the names of the passengers and crew. The walking path alongside the wall is paved, so if you're handicap...you can take your wheelchair, walker, cane, etc. along with you. It's a fairly easy walk. If you need to sit down...there are a few benches along the way.

One thing you'll notice when visiting is the "openness" of the site. It's in the middle of a field and you're surrounded by beautiful countryside. If you're a fan of Fall Foliage...plan to visit in the Fall when the leaves are changing colors. It's a really beautiful and peaceful place to visit.
Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania

Every year on September 11th the park holds an observance which is open to the public. Throughout the year they host various special events and services. The park is managed by the National Park Service and you'll find rangers on-site that give presentations and will answer visitor's questions. You can find detailed information on the Flight 93 National Memorial by visiting their official website HERE.