Summer in the Wildwoods has sure been strange this year. The crowds have thinned, but not too much. Life goes on here, as it does everywhere. Everything has a bit of a surreal nature, with all the social distancing and mask wearing. I think the strange look I see on a lot of people’s faces is still one of disbelief, though I guess we are getting used to the new normal, aren’t we?
Anyway, enough with the melancholy reflection. Summer is here and there is still plenty of things to do and ways to have fun this year at your favorite city-by-the-sea! So let’s get started with what you can expect when you get here.
- Motels and Hotels
Open as per usual. Pools are open as well. Most lodging businesses are enforcing some type of social distancing and mask wearing (indoors), as well as performing extra cleaning procedures. On the other hand, I’ve visited one or two establishments with no real set of protocols in place — even the reception people weren’t wearing masks. So call or visit their website first, if you are concerned. FYI this is by far the exception and not the rule.
(Note: Pools are required to meet the NJ Dept of Health COVID-19 Standards).
- Wildwoods Beach
One of the great things about the Wildwood beaches is that they are WIDE! So, at least in theory, we should all be able to find a place to set camp while being respectful of our neighbor’s distance. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen. I’ve had people sidle up pretty close to me to the point that I felt uncomfortable. The good news is a polite request to bump over a few feet still works. This only happened to me once, truth be told.
The lifeguard schedule is 10 am to 5:30 pm, all day through Labor Day.
- Wildwoods Boardwalk
I haven’t been up to the boards as much as normal this year, but it appears that most places are open, with many offering outside browsing and dining. You can check out our Wildwood Boardwalk Hours page for more info.
- Morey’s Piers
Adventure Pier is closed for the season. However, both Mariner’s Amusement Pier and Surfside Amusement Pier are open. Both are running from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on the weekdays and 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm on the weekends. Raging Waters (on Mariner’s Pier) is also open 9:30 am to 6:00 pm (though Ocean Oasis Water Park is not).
Other Morey’s establishments that are open:
- Jumbo’s Grub & Pub (live music Th – Sat).
- Wilhelm’s Bier Garten.
- PigDog Beach * Bar * BBQ.
- Joe’s Fish Company.
- Curley’s Fries (both locations).
- Starlux Mini Golf.
- Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar is CLOSED.
Wildwood Bowl (bowling) reports its hours as opening at noon daily, closed on Wednesday.
Most to all water sports activities are open (wave runners, paddle boarding, boat rentals, day/fishing trips).
Golf courses are open.
Pretty much everything we checked is open, since most of the activities are outside.
Unfortunately, almost every convention and large event has been cancelled. That said, there are a lot of smaller events, like the Wildwood Farmer’s Market that are still held weekly. Check out the calendar at GWTIDA’s website for an up-to-date listing of current events in the Wildwoods.
- Bars & Restaurants
One interesting side effect of the coronavirus is that all bar and dining establishments had to move themselves outside (and/or offer takeout and delivery). It’s quite nice, weather permitting, to sit in the open air while enjoying a meal or glass of beer. Keep in mind that each establishment has its own set of protocols in place for helping prevent the spread of the virus. The rules they MUST follow are listed here.
- Gyms & Health Clubs
The Governor has declared that gyms and health clubs may not open at this time.
Face coverings are now required OUTDOORS when social distancing is not possible. So throw one in your pocket. Note that exceptions include eating/drinking at outdoor establishment, when wearing a mask will inhibit health or safety, or individuals under two years old.