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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Top 12 Things to See and Do While Visiting Wildwood New Jersey

Top 12 Things to See and Do While Visiting Wildwood New Jersey
Wildwood in New Jersey is one of the top Jersey Shore locations to visit. One of the things that attracts millions of visitors every year is the simple fact that you don't have to buy beach tags or pay a few to have a fun-filled day on the beach.

This popular island destination is within 20 minutes driving distance of Atlantic City, 15 minutes to Ocean City and 10 minutes to Cape May. That is not including all of the smaller "shore" towns that surround it.

There are a ton of free and low-cost family-friendly things to see and do while vacationing in Wildwood and here is our list of the top 12.
Cape May County Zoo in New Jersey
Cape May County Zoo

1. Cape May County Zoo - This is one of our favorite zoos here in the northeast and it's totally free! They do ask for a monetary donation at the gate in any denomination that you see fit. Once in the park you will tour the zoo at your own pace. Attractions include: monkeys, bears, tigers, lions, sea birds, turtles, reptiles, alligators, zebra, ostrich, giraffes and much more!
Morey's Amusement Piers and Water Park
Morey's Amusement Piers

2. Morey's Amusement Piers and Water Park - No visit to Wildwood would be complete without a fun-filled afternoon or evening at Morey's Amusement Piers! I do admit, they are pretty pricey but I would recommend just paying as-you-go and only letting the kids enjoy a few rides or a few hours at the park. You will find 3 fun-filled piers full of all kinds of amusement rides from roller coasters to merry-go-rounds.
Wildwood Boardwalk Sightseer Tram Car
Wildwood Sightseer Tram Car

3. Wildwood Boardwalk Sightseer Tram Car - The world famous Wildwood Tram Car runs up and down the boardwalk. For the price of $3.00 per person, per each can enjoy the sites and sounds of the boardwalk while relaxing in a tram car. The tram operates daily, weather permitting.
Sunset Beach in Cape May New Jersey
Sunset Beach in Cape May

4. Sunset Beach - Is located in Cape May Point (near the lighthouse) and is a little bit off the beaten path. We like to spend an afternoon down there touring the World War II Lookout Tower, the Concrete Sunken Ship, the World War II Bunker on the Beach and walk the beach looking for those famous Cape May diamonds. Afterwards you can grab a bite to eat from the grill or take in a round of miniature golf. Parking is free!
South Meadows Nature Conservancy in Cape May
South Cape May Meadows

5. South Meadows Nature Conservancy - Located in Cape May is a 100% free activity the entire family can enjoy. You park your car and then walk through a natural habitat on gravel walking paths. As you walk along these paths you will see turtles, rabbits, swans, cranes, ducks and other animals that live naturally along the coastline.
Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor New Jersey
Wetlands Institute 

6. Wetlands Institute - Located nearby in Stone Harbor is definitely a must-see in our opinion! They do charge a small admission fee but it is really worth it. You will go on a guided tour throughout the wetlands area on foot with guides who talk to you about the native plants and wildlife that lives there (mainly about the turtles). You walk along wide, cleared paths and on a metal walkway at times. They also have nature programs that you can participate in (feeding the fish, turtles, etc). Highly recommend it!
Cape May Lighthouse in New Jersey
Cape May Lighthouse

7. Cape May Lighthouse - Located in Cape May this lighthouse is one of the biggest attractions in the area. You can walk around the lighthouse grounds for free but if you want to enter the lighthouse you will need to pay a small admission fee.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in Wildwood New Jersey
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

8. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse - Located in North Wildwood, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is one of my favorite ones in the entire state of New Jersey. You can walk around the lighthouse grounds and through their flower gardens for free. If you want to tour the inside of the lighthouse, you will need to pay a small admission fee. When visiting, walk behind the lighthouse and go up onto the sea wall for some beautiful views of Hereford Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean.

9. George F. Boyer Historical Museum - located in Wildwood is a museum for anyone who wants to learn about the history of the island and the immediate surrounding area. This is a great activity to do on a rainy day when you need to occupy your time.
Aviation Museum at Cape May Airport in New Jersey

10. Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum - is a non-profit aviation museum located in the Cape May Airport inside historic hangar #1. You do have to pay an admission fee but it's completely indoors and a great activity to do on one of those rainy days at the beach.
Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May New Jersey

11. Historic Cold Spring Village - is located between Wildwood and Cape May and is a great educational activity to do with the family. Tour the village and learn about the early settlers who lived in South Jersey during the late 1700's to mid 1800's.
Leamings Run Gardens & Nature Preserve in New Jersey

12. Leamings Run Gardens & Nature Preserve - is located in Cape May County and just a short drive from Wildwood. If you love beautifully landscaped flower gardens you will love visiting Lemming Run. You can walk all through the gardens and there are plenty of benches for you to sit on to relax and soak up some sun. A good portion of this botanical garden is shaded, so if you need to sit down and cool off, it's a great place to be. Plus, the admission fee per person is reasonable.

These 12 things to see and do while visiting Wildwood in New Jersey is only the tip of the iceberg. I guarantee you, this fun island paradise as the Jersey Shore has something to offer everyone and you'll never get bored! There are hundreds of different things you can do on those sunny days and at least 2 dozen things you can do on rainy days!

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