The "World Famous" Wildwoods Boardwalk

The Wildwoods Boardwalk has been called “two miles of smiles” for a good reason. Spectacular amusement piers, world-class roller coasters, interactive water parks, family atmosphere, carnival-style games of chance, shops and irresistible food make the Wildwoods Boardwalk a summer “must” for nearly nine million visitors every year.

Since its birth as a mere 150-yard stretch of boards in the 1890s, the Wildwoods Boardwalk has always been the center of activity. Throughout the years, the Boardwalk has gone through many transformations, growing and evolving with the mood of the country and, in its 100+ year history, was twice moved closer to the ocean due to the changing shoreline. Today, the Wildwoods Boardwalk is one of the country’s last great seaside promenades. Its rich history and world-famous ambiance has led to the very concept of the Wildwoods Boardwalk being replicated both in Disneyland and Hershey Park in Pennsylvania.

Guests visiting the award-winning Wildwoods Boardwalk will find an array of exciting amusements, including three of the best seaside roller coasters in the country at Morey’s Piers: the Sea Serpent, the Great Nor’easter – an inverted looping coaster, and the Great White – one of the tallest and fastest wooden coasters on the East Coast. Also, giant monster trucks offer a high-speed, bumpy ride along the beach; and the Wildwoods’ three large beachfront water parks provide cool relief on a hot summer day – with plunging waterfalls, cool cabanas, spas, hydrochutes, speed slides, raft rides, tube floats, lazy rivers, waterslides, rope swings, water guns for soaking, and a 1,000 gallon dumping bucket. 

Another of the Wildwoods Boardwalk’s most popular attractions is the Sightseer Tram Cars, which are the source of one of the most familiar quotes to any visitor to the Jersey Shore and the Wildwoods Boardwalk: “Watch the Tram Car, Please!” transporting visitors from one end of the famous wooden way to the other.

The Sightseer Tram Cars were originally built for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. In 1949, Gilbert Ramagosa purchased five of the electric powered cars and put them into service on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. For 60 continuous years, the Tram Cars have ferried tens of millions of visitors and locals alike along the Boardwalk.

The Tram Cars were way ahead of their time in being environmentally friendly, as they can operate for up to 12 hours at a time on the power of a single 2,000 pound electric battery. Today, eight Tram Cars traverse the Boardwalk and carry approximately 600,000 people annually along the Wildwoods Boardwalk. A nominal fare provides seating on the Tram Car and transports visitors to their desired destinations along the Boardwalk, running a continuous loop from Cresse Avenue on the Wildwood/Wildwood Crest border to 16th Street in North Wildwood. 

The Wildwoods Boardwalk is also perfect for a calming stroll on a cool night or a scenic morning bike ride amidst all of the Boardwalk’s amusements, arcades, shops and attractions during the early hours of the day.

Stretching for two and a half miles, the Wildwoods Boardwalk offers pure sensory overload and is the perfect way to spend a fun-filled day or night at the Jersey Shore.

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