Hotel at a Glance: Port Royal Hotel
The 38-block-long Wildwoods Boardwalk is the nexus of the Wildwoods, lined with amusement-park rides, restaurants, arcades, and specialty shops. Just a few steps away, the Port Royal Hotel offers nautical-themed lodging for visitors. Here, you can relax poolside or compete against family members in the game room.
- Beach day: You can play on the sandy shores directly in front of the hotel.
- Grab a bite at the onsite oceanfront restaurant, The Royal Grille.
- Go for a swim in the heated outdoor pool or let the little ones splash in the kiddie pool.
- In-room amenities: All guest rooms come with private balconies. Ocean-view king rooms and deluxe double-queen rooms also feature refrigerators, and each efficiency apartment is outfitted with a separate bedroom, kitchenette, and living area.
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, which is open seasonally. At the Cape May County Zoo, which is open year-round, families enjoy free admission to the natural space filled with plants and animals. Adults can also take advantage of nearby wineries and winery and brewery tours to sample local wines and beer.
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.