Wildwood Vacation Summer Fun at Moreys Piers

Wildwood Vacation & Summer Fun at Moreys Piers

Last week my family along with another family planned a beach vacation to Wildwood NJ. Summer Fun at Moreys Piers was where we were headed. I LOVE the beach and so does my son but we also LOVE to have  FUN! When we say FUN, we love to ride the rides , play games and enjoy all the delicious food offered along the Boardwalk. In wildwood the Boardwalk amusements consists of Morey’s Piers  .

WildWood Vacation Summer Fun Morey's Piers

WildWood Vacation Summer Fun Morey’s Piers

Kids Measuring Up to see what rides they can go on!

Kids Measuring Up to see what rides they can go on!

Boardwalk Parade

Boardwalk Parade

Morey’s Piers,  is one of the largest amusement parks on the Western Hemisphere, consisting of   3 areas along the boardwalk with over 100 rides. There is also 2  beachfront waterparks each with it’s own personality and  lazy river!

Our first night in Wildwood we visited Morey’s Piers and purchased a Family Super Value Package . Knowing that out of the seven nights we would be in Wildwood, at least six of them would be on the boardwalk this was the best option for our families.

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A Family that Slides Together Stays Together!!!

A Family that Slides Together Stays Together!!!

Watching families who were there enjoying their time together and making memories that will last a lifetime, just like us! Having not been to Wildwood in over decade, it was nice to see it so vibrant and the team of employees looked happy to be there and were extremely friendly.

During our Wildwood Vacation we were invited as guests of Morey’s Piers to visit the Waterparks and Amusements for the entire day. We started our day bright and early and decided that we would enjoy renting a cabana  at the Ocean Oasis waterpark.   We have always been cabana renters when we visit a waterpark.   This was a no brainer for us and the price was extremely reasonable and family budget friendly.

Each area of the boardwalk has something different to offer from Go-carts, Springshot , and even Helicopter Rides. Maps are available throughout the parks and online.  If you are like me check it out before you go and start the excitement early.

Being a #fulltimeworkingmomwhodoesitall it was important for me to unwind on this vacation. I was able to enjoy life through the eyes of my son. The rides are so well maintained that I had no fear, even when my son said “mom I am ready to try the big roller coaster”. I was so excited for him we did it together!

Date Night with Main Man at Morey's Piers

Date Night with Main Man at Morey’s Piers

Great White his 1st BIG Coaster and Main Man says  "it's AWESOME"

Great White his 1st BIG Coaster and Main Man says “it’s AWESOME”

Our Wildwood Vacation Summer Fun at Moreys Piers was amazing. We look forward to visiting again next summer and continuing the tradition of quality family time in a family owned atmosphere.

**Disclosure** Main Street Mama received wristbands for unlimited access to Morey’s Piers and waterparks for one day. Honestly we had an awesome time and can’t wait to do it again next year!

Our Morning At The Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch

Our Morning At The Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center

Yesterday my family along with a great friends family spent our morning at the Cape May Whale & Dolphin Watch. The Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center (CMWW & RC). Prior to our trip to the Cape May area I had noticed a few friends enjoying excursions such as this and since making memories is what vacation is all about for this Main Street Mama this was a must do for our family.

Our Crew ready to spot some Dolphins

Our Crew ready to spot some Dolphins

As we boarded the ship we were greeted by the crew who was friendly, delightful and knowledgeable in answering all of our questions. The watch which left on time  is started with an overview of what we can expect to see , and a some history about dolphins, whales , the area and that we could site some rare endangered species of birds overhead so always be on the look out.

Alissa showing the children the Dolphin's Palate

Alissa showing the children the Dolphin’s Palate

During our two and a half hours on board the ship we spotted many dolphins in their own environment. The children were very excited as they saw them glide through the water often bowing as the swam rapidly around our boat. We learned that no two dolphins have the same fin, many of the dolphins had been named by the naturalist staff on board. It was wonderful to watch them point out the different characteristics and see the enthusiasm in them as the explained  patiently to our very curious children.

Some of our Sightings

Some of our Sightings

With various four watch times available throughout the day. Be sure to check out the schedule  and find the right time for you and your family to visit and explore.

During our time on board a naturalist came around and told us about Jessica Rekos, a first grader killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting. Jessica had a love for whales and while on board the children could make a patch for a quilt that would be raffled to support her foundation , so that other children can enjoy her love of whales. It was a bit emotional explaining to my seven year old why we were making the patch. He understood why and was happy that maybe his work of art could make someone smile.

Jessica Rekos Foundation Information

Jessica Rekos Foundation Information

Before disembarking the children were invited to come up top to visit the play and touch exhibits on the top of the boat. They got to touch horseshoe crabs, clams and lots of things that this Main Street Mama would not. A little fact learned was that if you kiss a horseshoe crab you get seven years good luck. That I did do!!!

We hope you can see how much we loved our visit and hope you and your family enjoy your vacations this summer!

**Disclaimer** Main Street Mama received complementary passes to write an honest review of Cape May Whale and Dolphin Watch and we honestly had an awesome time and would do it again!

Norwegian Cruise Lines The GetAway #UltimateGetaway

Today our family was invited aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines newest ship to set sail The Getaway, as guests of Norwegian Cruise Lines and The Moms. where we experienced the #ultimategetaway.  Once we cleared security we were welcomed aboard by the crew and escorted into the Illusionarium . Once seated we dined on a gourmet three course lunch and were able to see a preview of the onboard entertainment.  Our cruise director Julie, YES her name was Julie started off with a warm welcome sharing some of the exciting things we would soon be seeing on The Getaway. 

Prociutto, Mozzarella & Tomato followed by Surf and Turf Topped off with a Trilogy of Sweets

Prociutto, Mozzarella & Tomato followed by Surf and Turf Topped off with a Trilogy of Sweets

The  sizzling entertainment of Burn the Floor, a non-stop display of movement and style based on the world-renowned Broadway show started our afternoon entertainment. Next up was the magic of Lysander the magician, which had everyone intrigued wondering how did he do that? Our family loves broadway plays so we were excited to be able to see a sneak peak of Legally Blonde The Musical. Exclusively on Norwegian Getaway, this seven-time Tony Award-nominated musical proves once and for all that blondes do have more fun. Main Man’s favorite part of the entertainment was the finale. A dance party by everyones favorite Nickelodeon characters.  Sponge Bob, Patrick Star, Dora and even Diego joined in the fun. The look on the children’s faces as their favorite Nick friends entered the room was priceless.

 

After viewing the onboard entertainment the children where able to visit the Splash Academy . Where Kids ages 3-12 can do what they do best – be kids! With complimentary youth programs this  is where they can enjoy age-appropriate creative play, sports and more. 

Clips from on board entertainment

Clips from on board entertainment

While the kids were having fun we were then given a tour of this #ultimategetaway experience. There is certainly something for everyones palate with 15 different dining options. With everything from Carlos Bakery Cafe to  Wasabi Noodle Bar and everything in-between. For  If it’s nightlife your looking for or an after dinner drink there are 9 bars and lounges where you can unwind , enjoy a cocktail or dance the night away. Personally I look forward tot visiting the Svedka Ice Bar  located on deck eight, the SVEDKA Ice Bar will accommodate approximately 25 guests at a time. Guests who will don hooded coats and gloves to keep warm, since the artic-like room’s temperature will not rise above 17 degrees Fahrenheit. My husband has not stopped talking about The Grammy Experience a venue featuring artifacts chosen and curated by the Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE.

Cafes, Restaurants and Ice Bars!

Cafes, Restaurants and Ice Bars!

Beautiful Decor

Beautiful Decor

If your feeling LUCKY visit the Casino

If your feeling LUCKY visit the Casino

With 2,014 staterooms with  7  different options to choose from all staterooms are energy efficient, ultilizing key card access to control lighting.All the staterooms have modern generous in size bathrooms and can sleep anywhere from 4-6 persons depending on room size and location.  If we were not traveling with a small child our room pick would be The Haven where guests are pampered with privacy, personalized service, a private restaurant , cocktail bar and a concierge desk all exclusive. Another benefit of The Haven is priority disembarkation and embarkation as well as priority boarding for tenders to shore. 

Haven Private Pool

Haven Private Pool

Haven Suite Private WhirlPool

Haven Suite Private WhirlPool

SPA

SPA

While every cruise has at least 2 days at sea don’t fret there is ALWAYS something to do.  The Aqua Park where guests can twist and shout with five watersides, two swimming pools and four hot tubs. The Sports Complex features mini golf, basketball court, rock climbing wall , a bungee trampoline and a web climbing cage featuring the largest ropes course at sea.  If your family is full of thrill seekers then you must confront The Plank , a platform that extends eight feet over the side of the ship. Looking for some MOM time be sure to visit the Getaway spa for the #ultimategetaway spa experience in 23,000 square feet. I must admit the casino on board all 18,000 square feet of it, had me itching to try my luck at a black jack table sometime soon.

The Norwegian Getaway also offers Entourage where teens can be themselves , hang out and meet new friends designed like an adult lounge minus the adults. Since the big kids will be busy between Splash Academy and Entourage don’t worry if your onboard with a child over 6 months to 2 years because Norwegian Cruise Lines has a dedicated nursery.

Although the ships port of call will be Miami, New York City should be honored to house the ship for a few days.

**Disclaimer** Main Street Mama has received no compensation for this post. Our family participated in a family fun day to experience the #ultimategetaway courtesy of The Moms and Norwegian Cruise Lines. All opinions are that of my own and our family has decided a cruise is where our next vacation will be! 

ready for vacation and #ultimategetaway

ready for vacation and #ultimategetaway

Poconos SkyTop Lodge and a Chance for A Fun Family GetAway

Family Fun is just a short drive from the Tri-State area recently recognized as the #1 Luxury Resort in the Country by Resorts & Lodges. The Skytop Lodge has also recognized by Travel+Leisure last  year as One of America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts! 

Readers of Main Street Mama are being offered a fantastic opportunity for an exclusive offer from SkyTop Lodge in the Poconos .

Naturally Inspired your family will experience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed lodges in the country—Skytop. This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation including the new Adventure Center at Skytop. Being able to  explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services. No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience.                                                                                               

Naturally Inspired

Naturally Inspired

 

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  • Egg Coloring
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Meet Peter Cottontail
  • Make an Easter Bonnet
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  • Easter Egg Nature Walk 

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Skytop Lodge Winter Wonderland

Skytop Lodge Winter Wonderland