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Overview

Introduction to Wildwood, New Jersey

Wildwood, New Jersey, in Cape May county, is 36 miles S of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center) and 69 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wildwood is situated on the southern shore of New Jersey and is a popular tourist resort during the summer months. It's located on a barrier island. The city is well known for its large free beach area, boardwalk and doo-wop style hotels and motels. The population swells during the summer.

Wildwood's beaches have been mentioned in the Travel Channel's "America's Best Beaches." The well known song "Rock Around the Clock" regarded as one of of the first Rock and Roll songs was first performed at the HofBrau Hotel in Wildwood by Bill Haley & His Comets. The city is known as the "Doo-wop Capital."

Wildwood History

The Lenni-Lenapes Indians made trails and utilized the area. After the Indians left the region the land was used to graze horses and cattle. The animals were transported to the island by boats. In 1870 fisherman constructed shacks on the island and are regarded as the initial non-native settlers. Modern Wildwood began in 1885 when the Holly Beach Borough was incorporated.

Wildwood was incorporated in 1912. The city is known for its large number of doo-wop motels which were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s. The motels are distinctive with their neon signs and unusual architecture. However, many of the motels have been torn down and replaced with condominiums.

Wildwood Attractions

  • Ultimate Frisbee tournament
  • Boardwalk Chapel
  • Wildwood International Kite Festival
  • Wildwood Crest Memorial Museum
  • George F. Boyer Historical Museum
  • Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
  • Scoop Taylor Park
  • National Marbles Hall of Fame
  • Sunset Lake and Turtle Gut Park and Memorial
  • Wildwood Boat Show and Fishing Expo
  • Historic Town Hall
  • Convention Center
  • Cape May Zoo

Wildwood Activities

Wildwood features a wide variety of entertainment. At night the Irish pubs, saloons, sports bars, nightclubs and dance clubs are filled with people. The popular Wildwood Boardwalk includes four amusement piers and features numerous rides and attractions, including the Morey's Piers amusement complex and Raging Waters. The popular boardwalk offers a trolley for transportation. Splash Zone Water Park provides a good time for residents and visitors. Wildwood features one of the oldest wood roller coasters in the nation.

Wildwood is known for its white-sand beaches. The Inlet, located at the entrance to North Wildwood and Diamond Beach are two of the popular beaches. The town features a variety of festivals and special events that families enjoy including food festivals, craft events, doo-wop festivals, a variety of concerts, sporting events and parades. The "Fabulous 50's Weekend" attracts a large crowd. Movie nights on the beach, Irish Weekend and the Firefighters parade are popular events.

The area is well known for fishing and water sports. The western side of the island includes a large number of boat ramps located at the end of streets. Visitors enjoy taking sightseeing boat cruises. Golf enthusiasts have opportunities to play at the numerous quality courses. The doo-wop trolly tour is enjoyed by tourists. The city is home to numerous cheerleading, wrestling, gymnastics, dance and basketball tournaments.

Wildwood Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Atlantic City International Airport.

Wildwood Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cape May County
Standard Zip Codes8260
Phone Area Codes609
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude38.98
Approximate Longitude-74.82

Wildwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationCAPE MAY 2 NW
Distance7 miles
Jan Temp27 to 42 F
Apr Temp43 to 60 F
Jul Temp67 to 84 F
Oct Temp49 to 66 F
Annual Precip41.3 inches
StationBELLEPLAIN ST FOREST
Distance18.1 miles
Jan Temp22 to 44 F
Apr Temp38 to 66 F
Jul Temp63 to 88 F
Oct Temp43 to 70 F
Annual Precip44.5 inches
StationATLANTIC CITY AP
Distance34.4 miles
Jan Temp23 to 41 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp44 to 66 F
Annual Precip40.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Wildwood Public Schools

Glenwood Ave Elementary School
Glenwood & New York Ave
ZIP: 8260
(609) 522-1630
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
Wildwood High School
4300 Pacific Ave
ZIP: 8260
(609) 522-7922
High
Total Enrollment 252
Wildwood Middle School
4300 Pacific Ave
ZIP: 8260
(609) 522-7922
Middle
Total Enrollment 156

Wildwood Private Schools

Central Bible Church
1712 Central Ave
ZIP: 8260
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
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Historic Wildwood

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Wildwood (Hotel Seaside) between 1900 and 1910

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Wildwood (Hotel Seaside) between 1900 and 1910

Sheldon Hotel between 1900 and 1915

Edgeton Inn between 1900 and 1915

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