25 things to do in the Wildwoods

May 19, 2010

1. Visit the beaches. That's why you're here after all and the Wildwoods offer five miles of sandy, wide beaches.

2. Ride the Boardwalk. The spectacular amusement piers boast more rides and attractions than Disneyland.

3. Get wet. You can take a dip in the ocean or visit any of the three water parks on the boardwalk.

4. Play beach lacrosse. Marylanders love the beach and they love lacrosse. At the Wildwoods, they're combining the two for the first annual Beach Lacrosse Summer Tournament July 17-18.

5. Take a tram ride. The world-famous electric tram cars, originally built for show in the 1939 World's Fair, have been a Jersey shore staple since 1949.

6. Get the picture. The best photo op is in front of the 20-foot-high by 80-foot-long Wildwoods sign that greets visitors at Rio Grande Avenue and the Boardwalk.

7. Find the light. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, built in 1874, has tours, a gift shop and award-winning gardens to stroll through.

8. Listen to the music. Live entertainment is offered throughout the summer at multiple locations. (wildwoodnj.org)

9. See fireworks for free on the beach every Friday night, all summer long at Pine Avenue and the Boardwalk.

10. Click with clowns. Free Boardwalk Family Fun Nights (July 1 to Sept. 2) feature parading clowns, characters and music from 7-9 p.m. (dowildwood.com).

11. Enjoy the view – it's free. Beach Pier, formerly Crest Pier, was renovated in 2008 and features elevated views of the beach and ocean. Located at the beach entrance at Heather Road in Wildwood Crest.

12. Go to the Cape. Grab lunch or take a stroll through Cape May, only a few miles south of the Wildwoods.

13. Visit the zoo. Cape May County Park and Zoo is worth a see and it's free. (capemayzoo.org)

14. Take a tour. The Cape May Carriage Company offers tours throughout the summer months. (capemaycarriage.com)

15. Pick a festival. The Wildwoods have festive events ranging from Italian to barbecue to country music. Any one – or all -- will do.

16. Rent a charter boat, party boat, sightseeing cruise or whale-watching trip (fishingnj.com).

17. Watch movies on the beach. Grab a picnic dinner and head to Sunset Cinema's Movies on the Beach for first-run movies on the beach at sunset.

18. Roll the dice. Feeling lucky? Atlantic City is a mere 45 minutes away.

19. Visit a vineyard. Get into the buy-local spirit and visit Cape May's two wineries, the Cape May Winery and Vineyard (capemaywinery.com) and Turdo Vineyards (turdovineyards.com).

20. Play miniature golf. Try Duffer's Miniature Golf Course (dufferswildwood.com), which is also a restaurant and ice cream parlor.

21. Appreciate the history of the Wildwoods at the George F. Boyer Historical Museum.

22. Go shopping. For the most eclectic shopping, head straight to the Boardwalk. For souvenirs and beach-related gear, try Boardwalk's Best Gift and Variety Store near E. Glenwood Avenue.

23. Kayak away. Rent a one-, two- or three-person kayak at Lakeview Docks in Wildwood Crest. There's also paddle boats, personal watercraft and fishing boats to rent. (lakeviewdocks.com).

24. Go sailing above the beaches. Try parasailing 500 feet over the beach with trips running from 8 a.m. to sunset. (hanglooseparasail.com)

25. Take a stroll. Visit Wildwood's own walk of fame known as the Avenue of the Stars along Pacific Avenue.

- Nancy Jones Bonbrest, Special to The Baltimore Sun

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