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Wildwood Crest

Sun and fun abound in this beachfront community with many affordable family-friendly activities.

Wildwood Crest is a summer vacationer’s dream. Enjoy both family activities and adult nightlife in this small resort community on New Jersey’s southern shores.

The 5-mile (8-kilometer) white-sand beach is a highlight, free to access from early morning to late evening. Find your spot on the beach and plant an umbrella. Then swim, sunbathe, collect shells and build sandcastles, all under the watchful eye of the lifeguards that are on patrol from mid-morning to early evening. Watch exciting lifeguard competitions several times during the summer.

After relaxing on the beach, enjoy some of the other activities on offer. Burn calories at daily Zumba, kickboxing, Pilates, yoga and aerobics classes at the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier or Centennial Park for a small fee. Visit an amusement or water park.

Walk the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) boardwalk. Rent bikes to tour the area or participate in a mini-triathlon competition. If you have the energy, try surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, fishing and crabbing, ultimate Frisbee, soccer-tennis or kite flying.

There are history and culture options too. View the replica Vietnam Memorial, Wyland’s Whaling Wall, or the doo-wop district, home of Chubby Checker and the Twist.

Visit the Sunday farmer’s market or one of the many festivals, including Christmas in July with crafts, Santa, and a boat parade; crabbing festival; and seafarer’s festival. Show off your talents at the sand sculpting, sidewalk chalking, or nightly talent competitions, all free to enter. Or, register your little one in the Baby Parade, a free annual event since 1909.

The Jersey Shore comes alive with evening entertainment options. Enjoy the nightclub and pub scene. Or, grab a blanket and take the family to a free Saturday concert under the stars. Watch a first-run movie on an outdoor screen (for a fee).

To access beach and city attractions, use metered parking on some streets or one of the many user-pay parking lots. Be sure to follow parking requirements to avoid being towed or paying high fees. Dolly the Trolley provides free evening service along the boardwalk.

Top Hotels in Wildwood Crest

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Adventurer Oceanfront Inn
Adventurer Oceanfront Inn
3 out of 5
5401 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest, NJ
The price is $100 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Wildwood Crest hotel is just steps from Five Mile Beach and Wildwood Boardwalk. Wildwood Convention Center and Wildwood Beach are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (589 reviews)

"The location of this hotel is excellent. Accommodations were clean and comfortable. I wish there had been some areas to spray off, after the beach and before entering the pool. One elevator is challenging for a facility of this size, steps were a more practical choice during our stay. Our group of ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Adventurer Oceanfront Inn
Aqua Beach Hotel
Aqua Beach Hotel
2.5 out of 5
5501 Ocean Aveune, Wildwood Crest, NJ
The price is $110 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Wildwood Crest hotel is steps from Five Mile Beach and Wildwood Boardwalk. Wildwood Convention Center and Wildwood ...

3.8/5Good! (509 reviews)

"loved the location and staff was extremely helpful. near the boardwalk and the beach. pool very nicely kept and great upper floor with hammocks for relaxing"…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Aqua Beach Hotel
Oceanview Motel
Oceanview Motel
2 out of 5
7201 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest, NJ
The price is $58 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Wildwood Crest motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Five Mile Beach and Wildwood Boardwalk. Wildwood Convention Center and Wildwood Beach ...

2.5/5 (37 reviews)

"It was good for an overnight trip. Convenient enough for a quick stay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Oceanview Motel

Popular places to visit in Wildwood Crest

Wildwood Boardwalk
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Wildwood Boardwalk

4.5/5(485 reviews)

Touch sharks and stingrays in the aquarium, enjoy rides on amusement piers and let your kids have fun and get wet in water parks.

Lewes Beach
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Lewes Beach

4.5/5(363 reviews)

Sandwiched between Delaware Bay and the town of Lewes is mile after mile of white sand that attracts beachcombers and sunbathers.

Wildwood Beach
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Wildwood Beach

4.5/5(468 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Wildwood Beach, a popular beach in Cape May - Wildwood. Wander the seaside or discover the area's sunsets.

Sunset Beach
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Sunset Beach

4.5/5(494 reviews)

Find serenity on one of New Jersey’s best beaches, where glistening jewels lie hidden in the sand and an old wreck is part of an unusual and beautiful view.

Morey's Piers
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Morey's Piers

4.5/5(359 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Morey's Piers, a well-known attraction in North Wildwood. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Ocean City Beach
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Ocean City Beach

4/5(1,072 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Ocean City Beach, a popular beach in Ocean City. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Top things to do in Wildwood Crest

Experience thrills on South Jersey's Aerial Obstacle Course
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Experience thrills on South Jersey's Aerial Obstacle Course

$56
Per adult
Blue Hole and Secret Falls Private Tour
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Blue Hole and Secret Falls Private Tour

$115
Per adult
Sunset Dolphin Watch from Cape May
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Sunset Dolphin Watch from Cape May

$35
Per adult
Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rehoboth Bay
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Guided Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour in Rehoboth Bay

$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Guided Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Excursion in Rehoboth Bay
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Guided Sunset Stand-Up Paddleboard Excursion in Rehoboth Bay

$55
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Jersey
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Jersey

$10
Per adult

Reviews of Wildwood Crest

4.6

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Love Wildwood Crest!

4/5 - Good

Emma

Oct 16, 2019

Beautiful location.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Beaches were clean and easy to get to. Beautiful town.

5/5 - Excellent

Al

Sep 20, 2019

My wife and I go to Wildwood every year once or twice and we always find something interesting to see or do. Also we found great restaurants like Little Italy where the food and the attention is really good

5/5 - Excellent

Room102

Sep 8, 2019

Nice area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 7, 2019

Wildwood Crest is a nice town with great food. After Labor day, most of the shops and restaurants close up for the year, but there are still some great places open.

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