Wildwood, New Jersey, is a hot bed of fun, with activities to suit every member of the family. The winter might not be quite as wild, but that’s part of the attraction. You can still find things to do that will keep you busy in Wildwood during the winter.
Attend an Event
There are a number of annual events taking place in Wildwood in winter. The Boardwalk Basketball Classic is a non-profit competition of nearly 50 high school teams that has raised more than $250,000 in scholarship money since 1998. Also for charity is the Special Olympics New Jersey Polar Bear Plunge, which raised more than $1.2 million in January 2010 from 4,500 participants. If you prefer two-legged activities, the Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show takes place every February at the Wildwoods Convention Center, with more than 7,000 dogs participating.
Celebrate the Holiday
The holidays in Wildwood provide a backdrop to a weekend full of activities for the whole family. There is a tree-lighting ceremony at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse with Santa and a parade by the Greater Wildwood Jaycees, complete with floats and costumes. The Wildwoods Convention Center turns into a shopping bazaar that includes crafts, face painting, hot chocolate and cookies, while local school children perform. The winter weekend in Wildwood also includes free holiday movies.
Find a Piece of History
There are some unusual museums to visit in Wildwood, and the winter is a good time to experience them. The Wildwood Historical Society put together the George F. Boyer Museum to display the area’s history. The museum, which includes memorabilia that dates to the 19th century, is open year-round and also is home to the National Marbles Hall of Fame. You can tour the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in the winter and check out the views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoy the Deals
Wildwood has a ton of accommodations for singles, couples and families. Whether you are looking to rent a condo or stay in a resort on the Jersey Shore, you will find plenty of options. The one thing all these places have in common is the fact that summer is their season. In the winter, rooms are plentiful and deals are available. A place you might not have been able to afford in August can be a bargain in January.
Winter in Wildwood means cold and snow. Before planning a trip, be prepared for traveling through winter weather. Dress warm and make travel arrangements in consideration of snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures. If you are prepared, it can be the right time to take advantage of the lack of crowds, enjoy some of the oceanfront restaurants that might be hard to get into in the summer and walk along the quiet beach.