When I was asked to go on a press trip to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, I couldn’t believe it. Wildwood was a place my family and I would vacation every summer when I was younger and I haven’t been there since. I remember vividly our purple motel we use to stay at, and the many many rides and games my siblings and I would play over and over again. Wildwood was the place where I got my first boogie board and learned how to ride the waves. I just have so many wonderful childhood memories there!
We arrived to our weekend getaway on Friday afternoon. Wildwood is about a 3 hour drive from NYC located off the Garden State Parkway. I have to say the ride was not as bad as I thought it would be. The kids napped at certain points and we did make a pit stop along the way. The minute we arrived into the beach town, my childhood was literally flashing before my eyes. Nothing has changed since, and it’s so nice to see how they preserved this historic town.
We checked into the retro style Star Luxe Boutique Hotel, located at the tip of the boardwalk and quickly made our way to experience the nostalgic Morey’s Piers. Morey’s Piers dates back to the 1950’s; founders and brothers Bill and Will Morey were successful entrapeneaurs owning concessions on the boardwalk and developing Doo-Wop style motels. Currently, Morey’s is located on three piers (Mariners Pier, Surfside Pier, Adventure Pier) throughout the boardwalk. Each pier boasts rides for kids of all ages, games, waterparks, concession stands, as well as upscale dining. Upon stepping onto the famous piers, the kids were absolutely blown away and didn’t know what to do first!
We played some games, their favorite was the water spray ones, that Ryder became a pro at by the time the weekend was over. We had a wonderful family dinner with our friends, Marino Bambinos at Joe’s Fish Co. on Surfside Pier. Joe’s Fish Co. was delicious and I was so impressed, as it was not your normal amusement park food. Don’t get me wrong, we also enjoyed funnel cakes, ice cream, and pizza during the weekend as well.
Some new additions this year include The Taco Joint on Mariner’s Pier, Jake’s Steaks on Surfside Pier, ALOHA Smoothie Company and Sweet Pea Homemade Ice Cream on Adventure Pier. The New Adventure Pier “The Pier That Rocks” now features a brand new stage featuring a full line-up of evening performances from local School of Rock bands, 106.3 WJSE and 98.7 The Coast broadcasting daily, and new enhancements at artBOX.
The kids weren’t able to stop playing….
Even Gemma had a blast splashing in the water park. I was a little afraid that she would be too young but turns out, Morey’s really does cater to everyone in your family! Since Ryder is a little older, Jason and I took turns watching the littles while conquering the bigger rides. The piers are so massive, we didn’t stop the entire time and could’ve used another week to get through all three piers.
For two whole days the kids enjoyed ride..
after ride and were always ready more…
We also visited something new to the piers called artBOX. Ryder got to make this colorful lantern. artBOX is Morey’s Piers’ interactive artist colony crafted from 11 re-purposed shipping containers, including air conditioned galleries, interactive workshops and classes, and a rotation of guest artists ranging from photographers to sculptors to be featured throughout the season. Classes are held weekly for kids including fun projects like creating your own skateboard using spray paints and stencils, giving them a true street art experience.
Since Sunday happened to be Father’s Day, we spent another fun filled day at beach and piers. We would have totally stayed another night if it weren’t for work obligations. The weather was just incredible and we enjoyed every minute of it.
Best Father’s Day gift ~ Zoom Phloom
Sunset at Subborn Brothers Stubborn Brothers Beach Bar and Grille at Ocean Oasis Waterpark
Thank you Morey’s for bringing my fun childhood memories back. It was incredible to share my same experiences with my children. We came home with our hearts filled with much needed family time, stuffed animals, and fudge!