Wildwood Crest, NJ, Still Offers Quality Hotels and Old-timey Family Fun

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Wildwood Crest, NJ, still offers families good, clean fun. Just like the good old days. Armada by the Sea lets you experience Wildwood Crest up close and personal.

Wildwood Crest, NJ, is still offers plenty of family fun. Places like Armada by the Sea, a 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award winner from Trip Advisor, let you experience everything the seaside has to offer. Even with its long history as a vacation hot spot, though, Wildwood Crest wasn't always a popular place to get away.

Early in the 1890’s, Wildwood had earned its name. The Baker brothers had dubbed it such, and in truth the strip of shoreline did contain more wild woods than beach. The ambitious brothers had a vision, though, and saw the land’s potential. Within a few short years, Wildwood was quickly becoming a valuable piece of real estate. A century-old postcard sent from Wildwood features a lively beach scene and the equivalent of an eloquent “wish you were here” from the sender: “Imagine me among these this morning.”

In 1895 Wildwood became a borough. Development continued pressing southward, and by 1910 the shores of Wildwood Crest were outfitted in hundreds of homes, apartments and hotels. Visitors continued to pour in, attracted by the inviting atmosphere and invigorating sea breeze.

The 1950’s brought the Garden State Parkway, leading more vacationers than ever to Wildwood Crest. That decade also brought the Doo-Wop style of architecture, much of which is still around to be admired. Restaurants and hotels popped up quickly in Wildwood, which became known as the “Little Las Vegas.” Current day Wildwood Crest, however, also offers a more natural atmosphere for those seeking rest. In fact, parts of the Lower Township beach have been closed off for years, protecting wildlife such as the Piping Plover.

There are plenty of quality places to stay in Wildwood Crest, including the Armada by the Sea hotel, recently named Tripadvisor.com’s Certificate of Excellence award winner. Despite its relaxing location, modern necessities abound, like a coffee house just around the corner from the hotel.

Local entertainment in Wildwood Crest abounds. Across the way from Armada by the Sea sits Centennial Park, which features free concerts as part of their Summer Live Music Series in a beach-front amphitheatre. Atlantic City casino shuttles run from Wildwood Crest, and it is also an easy trip up to Victorian Cape May. With local water parks and amusement piers, Wildwood Crest has a little something to offer everyone. If visitors aren’t quite up for all the local scenes and events, however, they can always fall back on what has always been the main draw of Wildwood Crest, ever since the Baker brothers began developing it: that little thing called the Atlantic Ocean.

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