Explore the Shore’s southernmost barrier island.

By Travel + Leisure
May 29, 2012

Go cruising through the 1950’s in Wildwood, one of the Jersey Shore’s barrier islands. Here, old-fashioned fun includes playing in the waves of the two-mile powder-sand beach, or walk along the boardwalk with an ice cream in hand.

Cool Scoops

Save room for the Go Ape Daddy-O, a classic banana split at this old-fashioned ice cream shop decked out with jukeboxes and vintage Cadillac front-ends.

Doo Wop Diner

Head to this classic diner for Black Angus burgers survey up under neon lights.


Go nouveau at this funky 1950’s-themed resort straight out of The Jetsons. Don’t worry, though: The retro lines and colors of the bright rooms are in fact new.

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce

Stop by this tourism center to grab a free map for a Doo-Wop Preservation Tour of Wildwoods’ wildest neon-lit 1950’s architecture.