A Doo Wop Vacation in Wildwood, New Jersey

The New Jersey shore is a popular vacation spot during the summer months on the east coast. But many people don't know about the year-long destination spot in Wildwood, New Jersey called the Doo Wop Motel District. This strip of motels and shops features a different unique fantasy theme, cool signs, crazy colors and lots of kitsch.

There are over 50 motels to choose from in this historic district. Most motels are close to the beach and have a pool. The entire list can be found here. For example, The Fleur de Lis Beach Resort in Wildwood Crest has a variety of rooms from a small suite for two to a larger three room efficiency that sleeps 10. The prices change depending upon the time of year. A room for two in the off-season can be as cheap as $65 while a larger suite that sleeps eight at the height of the summer season can cost as much as $450.

Doo Wop restaurants from the 1950s were mostly diners and coffee shop style restaurants. The Pink Cadillac Diner is about as kitsch as it gets and the jukebox still gives three plays for a quarter. The Doo Wop Diner is authentic with its black, white and red checkered decor and is located on the boardwalk. And it wouldn't be a trip to Wildwood without stopping in Laura's Fudge, a genuine Wildwood landmark.

The Wildwood boardwalk runs along the beach and boasts many sites for entertainment. There is the water park at Morey's Pier, the guided tour via the tram ride or grabbing funnel cake or cotton candy from a stand and just sitting and people watching.

Stasia DeMarco is a native Philadelphian. She has been a freelance journalist and content strategist for 20+ years.

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