The Wildwoods — Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood, and West Wildwood — are characterized by their 1950s and ’60s architecture, reflected in vintage motels and diners. Modern history is present at every turn, from the sounds of the Doo Wop Experience Museum to the flavors of Douglass’ saltwater taffy, a recipe that dates to 1919. But there are new things to do in the Wildwoods, too, like an ax-throwing bar on the boardwalk and a pair of food festivals that are primed to make their debut this summer.

Shore Bets: Classic routines in the Wildwoods

Take a trip down memory lane at the Doo Wop Experience, where you can learn all about doo-wop culture and the effort to preserve what’s left. The George F. Boyer Historical Museum is another good choice if you’re looking to learn more about local Shore history; it covers the whole story of the Wildwoods through photos, videos, and colorful artifacts. Both museums are free.

For those who just want to lie on the beach — we don’t blame you — Wildwood Beach is one of the widest beaches in the state. No beach tags needed here. Just bring a towel and some sunscreen and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against the sand.

A visit to the Wildwoods would be incomplete without a trip to the boardwalk. Here you’ll find Morey’s Piers, a family-owned and -operated seaside amusement park with more than 100 rides and attractions. If your legs get sore, you can always hop on one of the electric tram cars shuttling visitors up and down the boardwalk. (They’ve been chugging along since 1949.)

Pop by Curley’s Fries for a bucket of crinkly, salty, piping-hot fries and an ice-cold lemonade. Dip the fries in malt vinegar or ketchup and you’ve got a classic boardwalk snack. For something sweet, check out Douglass Fudge & Candies, which has been making traditional favorites like saltwater taffy and perfectly creamy fudge for a century.

After fueling up on calories, rent a bike and explore some of the island’s many bike paths, or try surfing off Andrews Avenue, south of the Convention Center. You can rent boards from Kona Board House or take a lesson at Ocean Outfitters, which also offers kayak rentals. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, Hang Loose Parasail will dangle you 500 feet over the shoreline.

Sightseer Whale & Dolphin Cruises offers three ocean trips daily with a marine biologist so you can search for humpback whales and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. If you get seasick easily or have little ones, Seaport Aquarium is home to alligators, sharks, monkeys, and a touch tank where you can interact with the sea creatures.

What’s new this summer

Downtown Wildwood is hosting its first Bacon Lovers Festival, May 25-27, complete with a bacon-eating contest. For those who don’t like to speed-eat bacon, there will also be food trucks, local vendors, and other bacon-related treats. Beyond bacon, Byrne Plaza also will be the site of the town’s first Seafood and Wine Festival, June 15-16, with samples from local restaurants plus wine and craft beer.

The first Barber Battle by the Beach is coming to the Convention Center on July 21. You’ll get to watch barbers compete (categories include Fastest Fade and Best Baby Fade), purchase hair products, and check out a fashion show.

Thrill-seekers can check out the Runaway Tram Coaster on Morey’s Piers’ Surfside Pier, a twisty roller-coaster themed after the Wildwood Sightseer Tramcar. Those 16 and older can also stop by the new Flying Hatchets, an ax-tossing and hatchet-throwing venue on the boardwalk.

Down the Shore with ... Jack Morey

Morey’s Piers owner Jack Morey on his perfect Shore day around the Wildwoods:

“My favorite summer day would start off with biking to Cape May, NJ — we love our neighbor just to the south — and stopping for breakfast at the Mad Batter Restaurant. I would then head to Morey’s Piers’ beachfront water parks and grab some lunch at Stubborn Bros. Beach Bar or PigDog Beach Bar & BBQ. I’d consider staying and listening to the live entertainment for sunset happy hour. After that, I’d head home, take a shower, and get ready for the Friday night fireworks, best experienced from the rooftop at Joe’s Fish Co. Before I go home, there are a few more must-dos, including a ride on at least one roller-coaster, an ice cream cone from Kohr Brothers, and a lift on the famous Wildwood Tram Car as I people-watch the whole way home.”