Date Posted:Wednesday 26th June 2013
The following post is from this week’s featured blogger and New Jersey resident, Carol Cain of Girl Gone Travel.
The water slide was five stories tall, and just looking up at it, I felt a loss of breath. But my little ones only felt excitement, and before I could grasp their hands and say no, they were gone, up the stairs, eager to take it on. I resisted the urge to stop them and watched as they climbed the stairs to the top. I sat on one of the lounge chairs, pretending to not be worried, anxiously waiting as they came down. Swoosh! Down came the six-year-old. Swoosh! Down came his seven-year-old brother shortly after. I watched as they effortlessly swam out of the pool, paused, looked at each other, and then simultaneously laughed out loud. “That was the coolest ever! Let’s go again!” And just like that, I was hit with the realization that my children had grown bigger and more adventurous since the last time I had the opportunity to stop and absorb it all.
We were spending the weekend at Wildwood, NJ as guests of Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks and my family and I had just joined in on the exciting Wipe-Out Race. I thought throwing myself, face first, down a water slide, which sped me so fast I was down and done in just seconds, would be a great bonding experience with my boys, but what is also great about getaways with the family, and I have said this many times before, is that you learn something new about them that you might have missed when caught up in the busy schedules of daily life.
As far as family getaways go, Morey’s Piers is up there, but not just for the boardwalk, amusement park and carnival fun it offers, but also because of how it is done. Let’s be honest, a weekend of fun at Morey’s Piers is not cheap for a family a five. The 3-day passes are $156.00 per person and for those over 48?, but you get a lot for it as well, such as access to all three piers, unlimited rides, and the two waterparks. You also get a bit more of an upscale boardwalk amusement park experience. Day passes are less expensive, and season passes are the best deal for frequent visitors.
We toured the piers practically on our own the entire time we were there. The service we received, from ride operators, to carnival game hosts, to managers (at one point I had a question that required the assistance of a manager), was friendly, immediate, and professional. Professional service. At a boardwalk carnival. It’s not something you can easily overlook.
We had a great time, and it was a wonderful first experience for my family: our first time at Morey’s Piers and my husband’s first time to the Jersey Shore! We played and swam to our heart’s content. We enjoyed the fabulous sit-down dining, as well as the boardwalk treats of funnel cakes and ice cream – my husband and teen even participated in the Curly Fries Eating Contest! They lost to a man that ate 4.5 pounds of these (my teen and son both ate about 1.15 each!!), but I love them for trying!
Though summers at Morey’s Piers are not to be missed, I was told by Will Morey himself that their Halloween events in October are even better. Many thanks to Morey’s Piers and their partners for providing us with such a wonderful experience. We are happy to add Wildwood, NJ to our list of family favorites.