Hotel at a Glance: Jolly Roger Motel
The beaches and boardwalks of the Jersey Shore are right within reach when you stay at the Jolly Roger Motel, located on a barrier island of Wildwood. Take in the scenery from a private balcony, or head out on foot to discover the carnival firsthand.
- Across from the beach: Wildwood Crest’s huge, free beaches are a quick walk from the motel.
- Take a dip in the oversize heated outdoor pool. There’s also a kiddie pool for the little ones.
- Have a cookout on one of the several gas grills on the premises; the efficiency rooms feature kitchenettes, too.
- Play ball: The property features tennis courts, a bocce-ball court, and shuffleboard.
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.