Wildwood: Multi-Ethnic, Dog Friendly, Kate & Bobby, Wildest Rides on a Wide Beach

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

After World War II, Wildwood's popularity as a seaside destination grew and grew. Particularly people from the Philadelphia area drove their new cars to the even newer motels and hotels that were springing up on every street in Wildwood. More than 60 years later, Wildwood still features dozens and dozens of motels and hotels that have attracted generations of families to escape the heat for the free beaches and the nearly two-mile long Boardwalk.

In Wildwood, the melting pot of the tri-state area comes alive every day in the summer with every language and ethnic group represented to ride the rides, take their dogs to the beach and splash in the water parks.

Dog-friendliest beach

Dogs may be man's best friend but they are almost universally not wanted on the beach or the boardwalks during the summer season. Wildwood, however, bucks the trend. Between Glenwood and Maple Avenues right off the Boardwalk is one of the best dog parks in the United States with a giant fireplug, obstacles, water bowls and free poopy bags. After freely playing in the park, leashed dogs can join their families for a swim on a dedicated section of the beach.

Wide beach at the Shore

At low tide, it seems like the beach is miles away. Many day-trippers will prepare by renting or buying a beach cart to load in the sun tan lotion, boogies boards and drinks and make the trek to the beach.

(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.)

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Stopping for the national anthem at 11 am daily.

Stars & Stripes, Kate and Bobby

From April through October, get to the Boardwalk by 11:00 a.m., when everyone stops to listen to the national anthem followed by recordings of Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” and Bobby Rydell’s “Wildwood Days.”

Quick tips for the Boardwalk

Most of the shops along the Boardwalk are individually owned although you'll be happy to see familiar Jersey Shore favorites such as Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard, Curley's Fries, Chickie's and Pete's and Lime Rickey World.