North Wildwood: Serpentine Seawall. Boardwalk Begins. Operating Lighthouse. Anglesea No More.

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

The Wildwood Board begins at 16th Avenue in North Wildwood

The famous Wildwood Boardwalk begins in North Wildwood as shown in the photo above. But don't miss the best parts of North Wildwood. Venture to the northern section of North Wildwood to see...

Wild Mouse ride of a seawall

The seawalls up and down the Jersey Shore are built to keep the sea away, not for recreational or amusement purposes. In North Wildwood, the city went a step farther by paving the top of the serpentine seawall and making it accessible to everyone. At times, it seems more like a Wild Mouse ride at an amusement park with twists and turns, rather than a boring functional walkway. It may be narrow at the top for some, but it affords a view of...

Widest beach at the Shore

The walkway affords a splendid view of the impossibly wide beach with sandbars and small ocean pools that create the widest beach at the Shore, at least when the tide ebbs toward its lowest point.

(From the vantage point of the beachfront or boardwalk, this is a breezy overview of what you see, where to park and beach access, plus a bit or history and the latest happenings. See map below.)

Looking south from overlook near 122nd Street in Stone Harbor Point

As the seawall turns and head east away from Central Avenue, there's a pleasant park with a view of....

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Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse

Of the lighthouses on the Jersey Shore, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is the shortest and the least visible from any body of water, surrounded by trees and the state marine-police building office. However, it's a charming Victorian building with a long history of guiding ships through the Hereford Inlet.

The lighthouse was first lit in 1874. After a storm in 1913, the building was moved to its present location. The light was decommissioned in 1964. Eventually, the site along with the adjoining Life-Saving Station were turned over to the New Jersey State Police's Marine Services Unit. The Life-Saving Station is used by the New Jersey State Police today. However, the lighthouse was boarded up and left unused until 1982 when local volunteers and the city took over the building to turn it into a fully operating lighthouse and museum.

The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is approximately 49 ½ feet with the light elevation rising to 57 feet above sea level. On a clear night, the light is visible at a distance of 13 nautical miles.