The Wildwoods, NJ Named One of the 5 Best Family Beach Vacations

to Take with the Kids in the USA

Published Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Wildwoods, NJ – February 19, 2019 – The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) announced that the Wildwoods have been named one of the '25 Best Family Beach Vacations to Take with the Kids in the USA’ by TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, revealed its list of ‘25 Best Family Beach Vacations to Take with the Kids in the USA’, highlighting the uniqueness of each destination and what makes them ideal for traveling families. The article also provides readers with a link to finding lodging for families in the Wildwoods and other mentioned destinations.

The article states, “Stretching for five miles across New Jersey’s calming shores is the city of Wildwood — and its great namesake the: Wildwood Beach. This family-friendly seaside destination is one of the best spots to vacation with kids in the United States. With miles and miles of boardwalk fun, a huge stretch of sand, and a lively family-owned amusement park, you can never get bored! There really is something for everyone in Wildwood, no matter your age.”

“The majority of vacationers who return to the Wildwoods year after year are mainly families, and we believe the reason is because we are a multi-generational shore destination with so much to see and do to satisfy every member of the family,” said John Siciliano, executive director/CFO of GWTIDA. “The Wildwoods offer a family-friendly atmosphere incomparable to other New Jersey shore destinations, and we are honored to be recognized as one of the 25 Best Family Beach Vacations Destinations in the U.S.,” he continued.

TripAdvisor determined its list of '25 Best Family Beach Vacations to Take with the Kids in the USA’ using an algorithm which considers booking volume, travel reviews, and traveler ratings pulled from the sites vacation rentals page.

Click here to view the complete list of the '25 Best Family Beach Vacations to Take with the Kids in the USA'.

With over 160 special events and festivals held annually, a five-mile stretch of FREE beautiful, white-sand beaches – voted “Best Beaches in New Jersey” – and a 38-block, world-renowned boardwalk with its vast array of amusements, waterparks, arcades, carnival games, shops and eateries, the Wildwoods offer a Jersey Shore tourism experience sure to create lifelong memories, and beckon visitors back year after year.

The Wildwoods’ beaches, often named “Best Beaches in New Jersey,” stretch for five miles across the shores of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, and the Wildwoods’ sparkling, clean beaches are unlike most seashore resorts in that they are spaciously wide and completely FREE. They are the perfect spot for swimming, soaking up the sun, relaxing or taking a leisurely walk on a hot summer day. For those looking for some adventure, the Wildwoods’ beaches also serve as an ideal location for surfing, boogie boarding, power boating, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking and whale and dolphin watching.

Overlooking the pristine beaches of the Wildwoods is the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk, offering a unique experience for anyone vacationing in New Jersey. Famous for being one of the liveliest stretches of fun and excitement on the East Coast, the Wildwoods Boardwalk offers visitors a pure sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells featuring three spectacular amusement piers with over 100 rides and attractions, three world-class roller coasters, three wet and wild beachfront waterparks, carnival-style midway games, flashing arcades and a myriad of retail shops and eateries, along with the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk Sightseer Tram Cars – known for the famous phrase “Watch the Tram Car, Please!,” transporting people from one end of the Board to the other.

For those looking for activities of the more laid-back variety, the Wildwoods are home to some of the most distinct and interesting wildlife and plant life, worth exploring and discovering throughout the winding dunes and salty shores. An assortment of ecological wonders, especially in wildlife management areas, makes the Wildwoods home and provide the perfect outing for visitors looking to explore and learn more about the shore’s one-of-a-kind ecosystem. Visitors can explore and discover the wonderful world of nature including dolphins, waterfowl, fish and other sea creatures. Keep your ears open for wild birdcalls, dolphins splashing or the echo of waterfowl in the nearby wetlands – you just might catch a glimpse!

While you are vacationing in the Wildwoods, you can also take advantage of the Wildwoods’ ‘Bikeability’ all season long by biking along a scenic 12-mile round-trip bike path – expanded recently and now stretching from the Wildwood Crest Dunes Bike Path, up onto the Wildwoods Boardwalk to North Wildwood’s Mulberry Bike Path to the North Wildwood Sea Wall, allowing Wildwood vacationers the option of a leisurely, or athletic, scenic bike ride along the oceanfront.

Fishing, a favorite seashore pastime, is also a great way to have some fun and enjoy the island environment. A fishing pier on the Intracoastal Waterway – known locally as "the back bay" – at Sweetbriar Road in Wildwood Crest is a popular fishing spot for island natives and visitors alike, and there are beaches along Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood where fishing enthusiasts gather to surf fish. Crabbing is another beloved shore activity commonplace along the tidal marsh areas on the west side of the island. Those looking to catch their evening crab feast are frequently spotted along the wetlands area entering the island; at street ends; or on docks along the back bay.

Along with over 8,000 hotel-motel rooms and 3,000 rental properties priced for every budget, the Wildwoods offer everything you could ever want in a family vacation destination; with FREE events, FREE beaches, FREE Friday night fireworks and FREE live music all summer long. Whatever you’re looking for in a memorable vacation experience, you’ll find it in the Wildwoods. For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: the City of Wildwood, the Borough of Wildwood Crest and the City of North Wildwood. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations, development, research and planning, encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 160 annual special events and festivals to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals, the National Marbles Tournament, and The Race of Gentlemen Vintage Car and Motorcycle Beach Drag Races, among others. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. In 2018, the Wildwoods were named among the ‘Top Destinations for Creating Vacation Memories’ by AARP Travel Center; were awarded USA TODAY’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Beach in New Jersey; and named one of the Best Places to Travel in the U.S. by Expedia. Additionally, the Wildwoods Convention Center was named the ‘Best Indoor Venue’ by Sports Destination Management. In 2017, Wildwood Crest was named #1 Summer Hot Spot by TripAdvisor; Marina Life Magazine named the Wildwood Crest beach as One Of The Top Ten East Coast Beaches in 2017; and TripAdvisor named Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks as One of the Top 10 Best Waterparks in the U.S. In 2016, the Wildwoods’ beaches were named One Of The Top 10 Best Beaches for Families in the U.S.; USA TODAY 10Best named the Wildwoods Dog Beach one of the top 10 ‘Best Dog Friendly Beaches’ in the nation; the Wildwoods Boardwalk was named one of the ‘14 Awesome Piers, Boardwalks & Waterfronts to Plan Your Vacation Around’ by TripAdvisor; the Wildwoods beaches were named among the ‘Best Beaches for Families’ by Family Vacation Critic; and SportsEvent Magazine awarded the Readers’ Choice Award to the Wildwoods Convention Center. In 2015, Better Homes and Gardens named the Wildwoods one of the nation’s ‘Top 10 Beaches You MUST Visit With Your Family’, and named the Wildwoods Boardwalk among the 12 Best Beach Boardwalks in the nation. The Wildwoods were also named #1 Destination on the Rise in the U.S. for 2015 by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™. For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-992-9732 or visit its web site,

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