Visitors to Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Water Parks in Wildwood, New Jersey are whipped and spun like cotton candy on more than 100 rides and then left to fend for themselves amid the scent of funnel cakes and fried chicken. Jutting into the sands of Wildwood beach, and a major feature on the New Jersey town’s 38-block boardwalk, three piers of family-owned amusement park rides have been lending shrieks to the boardwalk here since 1968.
The original park began at Surfside Pier. Today the furthest north of the amusement piers at the intersection of 25th Street, it contains a log flume ride, the twirling, flipping ‘It,’ a carousel, the compact and feisty ‘The Great Nor’Easter’ coaster and dozens of other rides, many catering to small children.
From there, a half-mile stroll along the boardwalk will bring you to Mariner’s Pier at Schellenger Avenue. Adding shrieks to the bustling activity on the boardwalk, this central pier houses the classic amusement park rides, including bumper cars and the Giant Ferris Wheel – in operation there since 1985, its possible to see most of Wildwood, huge expanses of beach and the ocean from the tippy top. Closest to the sea on Mariner’s Pier is the Raging Waters Water Park, an independently ticketed entity with two kiddie play areas, a lazy river as well as multiple slippery slides beneath the rails of the dry-land coasters.
If it’s thrills you’re after, the southernmost Adventure Pier another 0.8 miles away, has the high-intensity rides including the 105-foot drop on the wooden Great White coaster, giant human slingshot, and a machine called the SkyScraper that will zip you around at 70 miles per hour in a 160-foot vertical loop. A popular concert venue and artists’ space —as well as the Ocean Oasis Water Park + Beach Club with more slides and pools — are also located on this pier.
The pier rides are open from late March or early April until mid-October and the waterparks operate between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Amusement Piers are weekends only until June, when daily operation commences, ending in mid-September. Hours vary but are generally from around noon or 1 p.m. til as late is midnight mid-summer. The waterparks are open daily in season with a few exceptions and run from around 9:30 or 10 a.m. til 5 or 5:30 p.m. Lockers are available for rent at the Mariner’s Landing and Surfside Pier and within both waterparks. Several pass options exist including ticket bundles (coasters cost around 8 tickets) or all dayride, waterpark and combo passes. Adult combo passes are around $79 and tickets for children under 48 inches are around $59.