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 in the Wildwoods, modern renovations, and focus on convenience. A variety of rooms house couples or families, who can whip up dinners in the kitchen or surf the Internet using the free WiFi. Many units have a shared balcony with beach chairs.
- Must-see attraction: The resort offers easy access to the boardwalk, just 12 blocks away, and North Wildwood Beach, only a half block away.
- Grill out on two sun decks equipped with gas barbecues.
- Relax: The resort has two pools—plus a kiddie-pool area—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.
- Homemade ice cream: Stop by Duffers, whose menu has expanded to include nearly 40 flavors over its 40-year run.
- North end location Family friendly and relaxed, the northern side of the island offers a more laid-back version of boardwalk life.
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.