With the start of warm weather upon us, Morey’s Piers in the Wildwoods, NJ is getting ready for its most exciting year yet – featuring the opening of the pier’s new attraction, “it”, along with a jam-packed calendar of over 20 unique, unusual events featuring a little something for everyone – whether you’re 8 or 81 years old!
Easter Sunday, April 24, kicks off the 2011 season with a grand-opening full of fun, food and entertainment for the entire family – including “pick an Easter egg” for the little ones and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Two weeks later on Mother’s Day – May 8 – Morey’s invites families to bring mom to the piers for some extra TLC, while the rest of the family enjoys all of the one-of-a-kind rides and attractions Morey’s has to offer.
Memorial Day Weekend 2011 is another exciting holiday weekend at Morey’s Piers. Saturday, May 28 will feature Morey’s 2nd Annual Curley Fry Food Festival. The festival will feature contests and events for all ages – including amateur eating competitions to see who can eat the most Curley Fries in the shortest amount of time allotted. Also during Memorial Day Weekend 2011, Morey’s will officially open its brand-new attraction called ‘it.’ ‘it’ will be located at 26th Street in North Wildwood and will swing, spin, and fly to heights of over 65 feet. The new attraction combines a swinging motion up to 120° and a rotating center where gondolas, seating a total of 24 passengers, are facing each other, along with a new type of harness specially designed by the ride’s engineers and Morey’s Piers’ team. For the first time, classic shoulder restraints will be replaced by lap-bars – allowing passengers the chance to enjoy the ride with more thrills and greater freedom of movement.
For sporting enthusiasts, Morey’s will host its annual Cape Express Beach Blast Soccer Tournament Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, featuring youth and adult soccer teams from throughout the East Coast competing in a barefoot soccer tournament on the sand off of Morey’s Piers. Due to the event’s popularity, another Cape Express Beach Blast Soccer Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, along with a Beach Lacrosse Tournament also taking place that weekend.
Supporting the region’s youth is a major initiative for Morey’s Piers, and events like Morey’s Spring Beach Jam, May 20-22, Beach Bop, June 4, and Fall Beach Jam, September 23-25, do just that. Each event supports welcomes scout troops and features fun at Morey’s Piers and on the Wildwoods’ beach and boardwalk. Morey’s will also host Music in the Parks on Friday, May 20 – a music competition featuring bands and choirs from all over the tri-state area; and Morey’s “On Stage” Dance Expo, Saturday, July 9 to Sunday, July 10.
New for 2011, Morey’s Piers will host the first-ever “Wild Half” Half-Marathon on Sunday, August 28. The new seaside half-marathon will take runners through the Wildwoods on a 13.1 mile course that will take runners along the world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk and the beautiful Wildwoods shoreline – ending on the award-winning beaches with an unforgettable finish complete with spectators, music and fanfare. For more information about the “Wild Half,” visit http://www.thewildhalf.cgiracing.com.
Morey’s will also host the 17th Annual Education Extravaganza, two days of hands-on learning and interactive participation utilizing the Wildwoods’ beach and Morey’s Piers’ amusements on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3; and Coastin’ By The Ocean, a two-day event for ride and coaster enthusiast clubs – taking place Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10. Also, Morey’s Resorts will host their 2nd Annual Red Hats at the Beach event on May 30 through June 2. Red Hatters from all over the east coast will come to the Wildwoods to discover their inner beach bum and have fun a the Jersey Shore!
Morey’s will end the 2011 season with its Souper Sunday Closing Day Celebration on Sunday, October 9, featuring discounted wristbands and a ton of giveaways – along with an all new Chowder and Chili Cook Off. Area restaurants and local chefs will compete for the top honor of “Guest’s Choice” for favorite chowder and chili.
The extensive list of special events and dates at Morey’s Piers for 2011 includes*:
April 24 – Easter
May 8 – Mother’s Day
May 20 – Music in the Parks
May 20-22 – The 16th Annual Beach Jam – Spring Beach Bash
May 28 – 2nd Annual Curley Fry Food Festival
May 30-June 2 – Red Hats at the Beach
June 1 – Class Trip Day
June 2-3 – The 17th Annual Education Extravaganza
June 4 – Beach Bop
June 10-12 – Wildwoods’ AcroBlast
June 12 – Girl Scout Council of Southern New Jersey Fun Day
June 12 – Boy Scout Council of Southern New Jersey Fun Day
June 18 – The 12th Annual ALS Express Bike Ride
June 25-26 – Cape Express Beach Blast Soccer Tournament
July 8-10 – Coastin’ By The Ocean
July 9-10 – “On Stage” Dance Expo
July 16-17 – Beach Lacrosse
July 16-17 – Cape Express MORE Beach Blast Soccer Tournament
July 21-23 – A Closer Walk – Christian Youth Weekend
July 30 – Surf Festival
August 14 – Rubber Ducky Regatta
August 13-14 – Hobie Cat Regatta
August 28 – The Wild Half – Half Marathon
August 28 – Lighthouse Church Service on the Beach
September 23-25 – The 13th Annual Beach Jam – Fall Fest
October 9 – Souper Sunday Closing Day Celebration & Chili Cook Off
*Please note that the information and dates above are subject to change.
For more information on Morey’s Piers’ 2011 Special Events, please visit http://www.MoreysPiers.com or call 609-522-3900.