When you think of the New Jersey Shore, a few images come to mind. Asbury Park, a gritty boardwalk town made famous by Bruce Springsteen. The oceanfront gambling town of Atlantic City. Cape May, a charming Victorian-filled village. And who can forget Snooki and Jwoww from the cult reality TV show, Jersey Shore?
But have you heard of Wildwood, New Jersey? Probably not. And yet, this charming little beach community on the southern Jersey Coast is a well-kept secret that might just be the best family vacation spot you've never heard of.
The main town is Wildwood, but the whole area is also referred to as the Wildwoods, since it's actually made up of a cluster of beach towns with the word "Wildwood" in the name (Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood and so on).
I recently went with my husband and 5-year-old daughter, Lucy, for a long-weekend getaway, and we honestly didn't want to leave. Here are the nine things we loved most about this wonderful beachfront discovery.