Hotel at a Glance: Harbor Light Family Resort
The Harbor Light Family Resort has thrived ever since Carl and Rosalie Del Monte opened it in 1979, with equal props due to its prime location, modern renovations, and a focus on convenience. A variety of rooms can accommodate couples or families, who can whip up dinners in their efficiency kitchens or surf the Internet using the free WiFi. All units have a shared balcony with patio chairs.
- Must-see attractions: The resort offers easy access to the North Wildwood Beach, only a half block away, and the boardwalk, just 12 blocks away.
- Have a cookout on two sun decks equipped with gas barbecues.
- Relax: The resort has two pools—plus two kiddie pools—each heated to a comfortable 80 degrees.
- A rush of adrenaline awaits those who visit the beachfront water parks at Morey’s Piers. Another family-friendly attraction is Mariner’s Pier, where you can climb aboard a ghost ship.
- Housemade ice cream at Duffers, celebrating its 41st summer
- North-end location: The northern side of the island offers a fun, laid-back version of boardwalk life. You’ll often see visitors strolling or jogging along the North Wildwood seawall.
The Wildwoods, New Jersey: Classic Boardwalk Fun and Doo-Wop-Era History
Less than an hour south of Atlantic City, you’ll find the Wildwoods, a cluster of towns set on a barrier island just off New Jersey’s southernmost point. Though the area is more subdued than Atlantic City, families will still find a dizzying assortment of carnival rides, malt shops, and arcade games along the Wildwoods Boardwalk.
During the 1950s and ’60s, the area became a hot spot for up-and-coming rock and doo-wop singers, including Chubby Checker, Bill Haley, and Bobby Rydell, who immortalized the city’s carefree spirit in the tune “Wildwood Days.” You can learn more about the era at the Doo Wop Experience and Neon Sign Garden, which pays homage to mid-20th-century music, decor, and advertising.