Wildwood, New Jersey

The Wildwoods – a resort area in southern New Jersey – is unique in that the space between its boardwalk and oceanfront is 500 yards wide at some points, allowing its sprawling beaches to host events ranging from monster truck rallies to concerts. With Ultimate Frisbee tournaments and adrenaline-pumping amusement park rides, this energetic region isn't for those looking for quiet relaxation. What's more, Wildwoods' 5 miles of beaches are free to access.

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