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May 23, 2016

2016 Jersey Shore beach guide: Wildwood

The area known as Wildwood was incorporated as a borough of Cape May County May 1, 1895, and quickly began development as a resort town.

In 1912, the area was incorporated as a city. Now, it currently consists of Wildwood, North Wildwood, West Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and Diamond Beach.

Tourism boomed during the 1940s and 50s due to the success of the two-and-a-half-mile Boardwalk that hosts a variety of attractions and themed motels that were scattered throughout the region.

All visitors on the Boardwalk are guaranteed to hear Floss Stingel, who voices the Tramcar that transports riders on a motorized vehicle via a 1971 recording.

During recent years, a large percentage of the themed motels has been demolished to make way for condominiums.

According to 2010 Census, the city's population is around 5,300 during the offseason. During the summer months, the population swells to 250,000, according to the city.

Beach tags:

No, beaches in Wildwood are free for all visitors.

Lifeguard hours:

The Wildwood Beach Patrol will provide a full-time staff from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., beginning June 25.

The limited staff will begin guarding a number of beaches on Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-30) and the following weekend (June 4-5).

Lifeguards will begin daily duty at a limited number of beaches on June 11.

Beach rules:

Swimming is only permitted at guarded beaches. Areas will be designated by lifeguards with flags.

No person is allowed on the beach between the hours of 10 p.m and 6 a.m.

Dogs are only permitted at Poplar Avenue Beach between 6 a.m. and dusk. Dogs must remain on leashes.

Alcohol, skimboards, watercraft, vehicles, open fires, feeding seagulls and littering are prohibited, according to the Wildwood Beach Patrol.

Public parking:

Metered parking is available between 8 a.m. and 3 a.m. in Wildwood now through October 31.

Meters can be paid by cash, coins, credit card or cell phone.


The Wildwoods Boardwalk, which is 2.5 miles long, is lined with games, rides, and shops. It is located between 26th Street and Cresse Avenue.

The Wildwoods Convention Center, located on the Boardwalk between Montgomery and Burk Avenues, will host a number of conventions, events, and exhibits throughout the summer:

• NJ State Elks Convention, June 2-5
• American Legion Convention and Parade, June 7-10
• Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Convention, June 13-18
• Bushido Open East National Martial Arts Championship, June 25
• Youth For Christ Heatwave, June 26-30
• Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show, July 2-4
• Dance Xplosion National Dance Finals, July 11-16
• Sophisticated Productions National Dance Competition, July 17-22
• WWE Live, July 23
• Harlem Globetrotters, July 27-30
• 'Battle at the Beach' Grappling Tournament, August 6-7
• Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash, August 12-14
• Sports Card, Toys, Comics & Collectibles Show, August 26-28
• Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally, September 8-11

The Tourism and Development Commission of Wildwood offers 11 performances during the 2016 season at the Fox Park Amphitheater located on Ocean Avenue between Montgomery and Burk Avenues. The events are free to the public. Find the complete list here.

Find a complete list of events in Wildwood here.

More information:

Wildwood tourism website | Wildwood municipal website | Download the Wildwood visitor guide here.