This past weekend my family and I enjoyed an incredible weekend away where we had the chance to visit Morey's Piers and explore the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey. A family owned and operated amusement park since 1969, this seaside attraction includes three amusement parts, two waterparks and over 100 rides - making it an ideal destination for families this summer.
To kick-off our weekend we drove in the Chevy Equinox (a loaner car from General Motors) that was a comfortable and spacious ride for our family of four. The car was incredibly sleek and stylish and is made for the road as it breezed through traffic (there was a lot of traffic) and provided an interface filled with a dashboard like Pandora and XM radio and tons of storage in the back for our suitcases. I also really loved how it held a lot of cup holders for all of our waters, and how it provided me and my kids with ample leg room.
We stayed at the Starlux Boutique Hotel, a cool hotel with a homage to the 1960s filled with retro inspired rooms. My daughter wanted to go right to the pool where we spent the first hour, and then we were off and exploring. Within a two-minute walk, we were right on the boardwalk - taking pictures with famous "Wildwoods" sign. We were so excited to go on some rides, and made our way to the Mariner's Landing Pier for some evening rides. With a mix of thrill rides and kiddie attractions, my daughters were set as they enjoyed the carousel, tea cups, the crazy bus and much more.
The next day was equally as exciting where we went to Ocean Oasis Waterparkfor a morning of water rides. This park included a mix of calming rides like the Endless River to time at the Beach children's themed area to more thrill-seeking rides like the Wipeout and Riptide Rapids. We spent most of morning here, and thenlunch at the newly opened Soggy Dollar, which I really appreciated had some classic beach options mixed with a healthy flair with some yummy options like the Quinoa Spinach Salad, the Key West Crab Cake Sandwich, Fried Green Tomatoes and a kids' option complete with a yogurt, juice book and options like a peanut butter and jelly and chicken tenders.
We then enjoyed more dry rides at the connected Surfside Pierwhere my girls were bursting with excitement at the sight of the rides. Some of their favorites were the Happy Feet ride, Balloon Race, and the Cycle Jump. Older kids will love cool attractions like Dante's Dungeon, AtmoFEAR, and "It." They also loved the games with options for the whole family to try like Water Race Games, Wheel Games, Basketball Games and more!
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We also enjoyed dinner at Joe's Fish Co, an eatery located right on Surfide Pier where you can enjoy locally sourced produce and seafood. Crafted by Executive Chef Walter Jurusz, the menu features lunch and dinner options with some of my favorites being the seared salmon, crab and shrimp cakes and seafood pasta. For the kids, they offer mac and cheese, pasta with sauce, pizza and more. Also, don't forget the Curly's Fries - they are a staple of the experience at Morey's Piers.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was the tour of the new artBOX attraction with Jack Morey and Jack Wright, publisher of Exit Zero. Made of repurposed shipping containers this 10,000-square-foot gallery featured incredible works from local artists - showcasing a mixture of mediums and styles such as surf art and surf art, glass blowing, artisanal jewelry and speed painting. I loved seeing Pete Bieling Jr showcase his glass blowing, viewing the surf art by David Macomber, and chatting with Ed Peahota, an artist who specializes in speed painting by creating to music.
This summer families can also experience new technologies throughout Mariner’s Landing and Surfside Pier. This includes new interactive benches that feature QR codes revealing the history of Morey's Piers when guests scan codes using their smartphone. This summer guests can also enjoy new and improved attractions including the complete makeover of the famed Zoom Phloom featuring hand carved seals and sea life out of the existing rockwork.
We also loved the excitment of the boardwalk that had a cool nostligic feel mixed with a heartwarming and engertic vibe that made it such an exciting place to be. Everywhere we turned there was delicious boardwalk fare like ice cream and fries and various modes of transportation like bikes, strollers, scooters and people running. To get around you can walk, or take one of their tram cards with their hop-on hop-off system where people can pay $3.00 (per person) to take them to various parts of the boardwalk.
For more information, please visit: http://www.moreyspiers.com/
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given a complimentary stay at the hotel, ride passes, food vouchers and a car loaner to facilite this review.