“I wanna go on that one and that one and that one!” shrieked my three-year-old as he nearly pulled my arm out of the socket. We were spending the weekend as guests of Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks in Wildwood and my son was enamored with each ride more than the last. Thanks to Morey’s Piers, we enjoyed three days of boardwalk fun, amusement park thrills and waterpark splashing. And we plan on returning before the summer is through for another fun-filled vacation – all without breaking the bank.
Let’s face it. Family getaways don’t come cheap. However, Morey’s Piers doesn’t cost as much as you’d think. One-day passes range from $52 to $66 (depending on height), but you get a lot for your money – including access to all three piers, unlimited rides, and two waterparks. 3-Day passes give you a serious per-day discount if you plan on spending a weekend, while season passes are the best deal for frequent visitors. Compared to Six Flags, it’s a steal.
And yet, the biggest draw of Morey’s Piers is how it’s done.
I grew up five minutes from the Point Pleasant boardwalk, but what Morey’s Piers offers is a little different. It’s like Disney World on the boardwalk with a little bit of old-time carnival fun thrown in for good measure. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of our trip:
As far as food goes, you’ll find your standard boardwalk fare (funnel cake, cotton candy, ice cream and more) up and down the boardwalk. However, Morey’s Piers also offers some casual, budget-friendly dining that’s simply out of this world.
The first night in Wildwood, we sat down for dinner at Joe’s Fish Co., not really knowing what to expect. What we got was one of the best dinners our family has enjoyed in a long time. I’m not going to lie. I’m gaga over this place. We sat in the balcony area that offers a really beautiful overview of the park. The food was to die for and not even that expensive when you consider the portion sizes. I mean look at the size of that fish!
I even splurged on a strawberry margarita. And boy was it definitely worth it!
Our last night in Wildwood was spent at the Soggy Dollar Beach Bar overlooking the Ocean Oasis Waterpark and the ocean. It’s a simply sunning setting. We enjoyed a cool breeze and a few cocktails, while our son wolfed down an entire strawberry shortcake dessert. It felt like paradise – exactly what a beach bar should be.
We spent practically every waking moment on the three piers, riding the countless rides and splashing at the water parks. Both water parks were superb as far as cleanliness and safety, but Ocean Oasis holds a special place in my heart because there was just so much there for my young son to see and do. There’s a fun splash park at the end of the pier with great toddler-friendly waterslides. He had a blast!
He also loved the kiddie rides at Surfside Pier and the turn-of-the-century classics at Mariner’s Landing. When I asked him which his favorite was, he couldn’t decide between the Balloon Race and the two-story Carousel. We received exceptional service from every ride operators and food attendant. I felt that the lifeguards at the waterparks were really on top of it – and my husband (who’s a lifeguard manager) agreed!
We also toured the newest addition to the piers, the [artbOX], a 10,000 square foot interactive artists’ colony made out of shipping containers. The space houses five artist studios and a spectacular collection of art work by local artists. I really enjoyed browsing the paintings and handmade crafts – especially the glass blowing and surf art. I felt like it brought the artsy flare of Asbury Park to the Wildwood carnival. And seriously, you can’t get any better than that.
Motels & Hotels
We stayed at the Starlux, one of Morey’s Piers’ six resorts. We loved its retro 60s vibe, complete with lava lamps and mod decor. It made me feel as if I should be lounging poolside with the cast of Mad Men, martini in hand. The Starlux, located only a hop, skip and a jump from the beach (and the iconic “Wildwoods” sign) offers its guests complimentary use of beach cruisers, which is great for early morning biking on the boardwalk which is allowed until 11am.
Every day we walked to the piers from the hotel, but after a long day spent at the rides and waterparks, we would kick back and let the tramcar take us back each night. The tramcar costs only $3.00 per person (and little ones are free) and will carry you from one end of the boardwalk to the other. We quickly learned that nothing sounds as good to tired feet than the phrase “Watch the tramcar please” which reverberates up and down the boardwalk in its wake.
All in all, we had a great trip. It was my first time in Wildwood and our first time at Morey’s Piers as a family. We ate, played and splashed all weekend – making it one that won’t soon be forgotten. And really? That’s all you want in a family getaway, making Morey’s Piers one of our favorite budget-friendly favorites.
Here’s a big thank you to Morey’s Piers to inviting our family down to Wildwood for the weekend so we could share our adventures with you! They provided me with two nights in a hotel, 3 park passes, and a gift card to Joe’s Fish Co. All opinions are my own.