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Wildwood Crest, NJ

About Wildwood CrestFounded in 1905, Wildwood Crest is the Wildwoods' southernmost town. Unlike neighboring beach towns North Wildwood and Wildwood, Wildwood Crest has a historical past: The only Revolutionary War battle fought in Cape May County took place near Sunset Lake. Turtle Gut Park and Memorial, located at New Jersey and Miami avenues, commemorates the site. The lake offers opportunities for fishing, sailboating and water skiing; for information about recreational activities phone (609) 522-0221.

There's no boardwalk in town, although a bicycle trail edges the beach. Two-wheelers can be rented from DR Bradley Bikes at Ocean Avenue and Rambler Road, phone (609) 729-1444; and from Crest Bike Rental, 500 E. Heather Rd., phone (609) 522-5763. The offshore waters are home to a large population of bottlenose dolphins; the best way to glimpse them is aboard a sightseeing cruise.

The entire Wildwood resort area is known for its “Doo Wop” architecture, a style popular in the 1950s that is defined by brightly painted, angular buildings, boomerang-shaped roofs, funky neon signs, and futuristic space-age decorative details. A 20-block stretch of Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest has a large concentration of Doo Wop-style motels. For information about educational programs and materials, contact the Doo Wop Preservation League; phone (609) 729-4000.

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