Rainy Day Activities in Wildwood, New Jersey


Wildwood is located in Cape May County, New Jersey, on a barrier island made up of five municipalities known as the Wildwoods. With a small population of close to 5,500 in its off season, the number of visitors to this beach-side community can reach close to 250,000 during peak vacation season. Long stretches of beach with a boardwalk and beach-side entertainment are a main attraction, but on rainy days, residents and tourists will find a number of activities to keep them busy.

Doo Wop Experience

  • The Doo Wop Experience (doowopusa.org) is a museum dedicated to preserving music and pop culture memorabilia from the 1950s and '60s. The building was originally The Surfside Restaurant, but it was disassembled and relocated to its current location across from the Wildwoods Conservation Center in Fox Park. The museum's grand opening was in April of 2007, and it is a work in progress with the expectation of more artifacts. Visitors to the museum can see the retro-style malt shop, a '50s classic diner, and an interactive "I-Wall" exhibit displaying Doo Wop Motels and history of the Wildwoods as a rock-and-roll vacation hot spot in the 1950s. Exhibits feature vintage furniture, lamps, clocks and neon signs. Doo Wop Experience is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.

Olympic Fun Center

  • The Olympic Fun Center (olympicfuncenter.org) is an indoor activity center located on Wildwood's boardwalk. Open year round, the center is over 6,000 square feet and offers a wide assortment of gaming. The casino offers slot machines and nightly poker tournaments every half hour. Visitors can play bingo with lights at approximately 20 cents per game or choose fascination or skeeball. Regular prize draws include such items as Nintendo Wiis and flat-screen televisions.

3J's Wildwood Bowl

  • 3J's Wildwood Bowl (3Jwildwoodbowl.com) offers both open bowling and league programs. As of 2011, open bowling is offered on a time basis at $20 per lane per hour with up to five people. Shoe rentals are $3. Bowlers might enjoy Rock and Bowl Red Pin, played Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight, October to April. Lanes are open Saturday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and on rainy days, lanes are open earlier and on Friday. League programs are available for seniors, adults and youth. 3J's Wildwood Bowl also hosts birthday parties, company parties and fundraisers. Choose from items like pizza, steaks, burgers, pretzels and daily specials at the snack bar. Enjoy the Lounge, a full-service bar with flat-screen televisions and pool tables.

Dragon's Lair Mini-Golf

  • Situated on the boardwalk in Wildwood, Dragon's Lair Mini-Golf (dragon'slairminigolf.com) offers black light, glow-in-the-dark mini golf. The facility has recently been renovated with new painted murals and artwork, using a castle and dragon theme. Golfers can enjoy 10 holes of golf in an air-conditioned setting that is predominantly indoors.

George F. Boyer Historical Museum

  • George F. Boyer Historical Museum (no website; 3907 Pacific Avenue, Holly Beach Mall, Wildwood; 609-523-0277) is operated by the Wildwood Historical Society. Exhibits feature artifacts, memorabilia and photographs of Wildwood history. Specials sections in the museum are devoted to the fire and police services, boardwalk, athletic and scholastic achievements. The museum is also home to the Marbles Hall of Fame. Hours in May to September, Monday to Friday, are from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and weekends 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday nights, the museum is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. October to April, the museum has shortened hours.

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