After exiting the Garden State Parkway or Route 9, the first Wildwood that one will come to is North Wildwood. This very residential town in Cape May County has all of the bells and whistles of living in its sister town to the south (Wildwood) without the noise and the massive invasion of visitors in July and August. More than 4,000 people live in North Wildwood year-round, but that number does grow in the summertime.
North Wildwood Listings
North Wildwood is served by a mayor-council form of government. The mayor serves a four-year term while six councilmembers serve three-year staggered terms. North Wildwood is within the 2nd Congressional District and the state's 1st legislative district. Students attend pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Margaret Mace School, which is part of the North Wildwood Public School district. After that, students attend Wildwood High School. Throughout the summer months, there are lots of activities and happenings including the Italian American Festival, outdoor exercise classes, a barbecue championship and blues festival, sports camps, the Sandblast Beach Run, and Christmas in July. Still, things don't go completely dark come Labor Day. Other events are held during the year including an Easter egg hunt, a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony, and a tree lighting Christmas party. Various bars, restaurants, and taverns pepper the town and can be found within some of the city blocks. Some are open all year long. Others open in early spring and stay open through the fall. The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse was constructed in 1874 and is still fully operational. The lighthouse, which is located in the Anglesea section of North Wildwood, offers a gift shop and beautiful gardens with vibrant blooming flowers and scented herbs. A winding path brings visitors through the gardens and up onto a concrete walkway overlooking the inlet. The lighthouse is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Walkers, joggers, and bikers take in the scenery of the homes and buildings while getting in some exercise. The boardwalk begins in North Wildwood with a few shops and restaurants. Just like Wildwood, the beaches in North Wildwood are protected by lifeguards but there aren't any fees to pay for traipsing onto the sand. All Wildwood beaches are free and open to the public.