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May 20, 2018

2018 Jersey Shore beach guide: North Wildwood

All the info you need about beach tags, weather, events and more in the town formerly named Anglesea

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The view from North Wildwood's Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.

North Wildwood commingles family-friendly interests while maintaining much of the nightlife for which the Wildwoods are known, including the North Wildwood Entertainment District where several popular bars with live music and DJs are clustered.

This area of the Wildwoods also loves a good parade. Throughout the summer expect celebrations of Mummers, firefighters, and a slew of other festive events, as well as the annual parade commemorating the NJ State Elks Convention.

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Perhaps North Wildwood’s varying appeal can be best surmised by two of its biggest attractions: the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, which dates back to 1874 and packs an expansive garden and nautical museum, and the Gateway Casino 26 Arcade, a family-friendly game spot that’s the largest of its kind on the Wildwoods boardwalk.


Below is the latest weather forecast for Wildwood, New Jersey, and here is the latest surf report.


None required! All beaches in North Wildwood and all the Wildwoods are free.


The North Wildwood Beach Patrol's lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For the 2018 season, they will be guarding beaches on Memorial Day weekend – May 27-28 – and then June 2-3. Guarded beaches will be staffed by the beach patrol seven days a week beginning June 9.

For those who need assistance accessing the beach, the North Wildwood Beach Patrol has 20 surf chairs, located at 15th Avenue, Sixth Avenue, and Ocean Avenue in the Inlet. For more information, call (609) 522-7500.


Surfboards, canoes, boats, and other floating devices are prohibited unless the area is designated for those activities; the same goes for ball throwing and beach picnicking.

Animals, alcohol, litter, and fires are all prohibited. North Wildwood's full list of codes and regulations outlines that climbing poles or other fixtures is also illegal, as well as soliciting and “the practice commonly known as ‘sleeping in cars.’”


Parking meters are active mid-May through Oct. 28. Meters charge 25 cents for 7.5 minutes, only accepting quarters. The 15th Avenue parking lot charges $2 an hour. Kiosks accept bills and credit cards as well as coins.

The maximum time allotted to meters is five hours, except in the Entertainment District (between Second and Olde New Jersey Avenues, and Pine and Olde New Jersey Avenues), which accommodates eight-hour parking. The 15th Avenue parking lot, Surf Avenue between 18th and 26th, and payment kiosks also have an eight-hour maximum.

In the Entertainment District, meters are active from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. All other parking kiosks stop operating at 1 a.m.

Weekly parking permits are available for $40. Yearly parking permits begin at $125. The ticket for an expired parking meter includes a $35 fine. View all of North Wildwood's parking laws and guidelines here.


North Wildwood is known to its regulars for its stream of parades that populate the shore, and this summer is no different. The Mummers Brigade & String Band will be in town June 8 and 9, kicking off with a pub crawl. That month North Wildwood also will host the Italian-American Festival from June 22-24, featuring plenty of kid-friendly games, tons of Italian food, and even a grape stomping station.

Some North Wildwood restaurants, along with others in Wildwood Crest and Wildwood, will participate in two restaurant weeks this summer. The first takes place June 17-21 and the second happen Aug. 26-30.

In August, North Wildwood and the other Wildwoods beaches will host National Night Out, where city departments will join civilians for free barbecue, games, giveaways, and an outdoor movie.

Check out the full calendar of North Wildwood and Wildwoods events here

Summer in full effect.

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