Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks, a classic seaside amusement park and the pride and joy of the Wildwoods Boardwalk, has been family owned and operated since its momentous opening in 1969. Bill and Will Morey Sr. began the amusement legacy when they purchased two lots of boardwalk in North Wildwood at 25th and 26th streets. They called this space Surfside Pier and opened the following summer with a giant fiberglass slide called the Wipe Out. Guests paid 25 cents to slide down the ride in burlap sacks.
Today, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks. The park is currently run by 2nd generation Morey Brothers, Will and Jack. The Morey brothers grew up immersed in the unique culture of seaside living, inspiring their work and allowing Morey’s Piers to be voted one of the top three seaside amusement parks in the world by Amusement Today.
Since its single ride humble beginnings, Morey’s Piers has come an extremely long way. This season alone Morey’s has made a number of renovations and additions. The famed Zoom Phloom attraction received a full makeover. Drawing inspiration from the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Morey’s Piers’ “Sea of Life” Zoom Phloom ride features seals and sea life hand carved out of the existing rockwork by Joe Pez of Concrete Links, the same artist who carved the rocks, logs and waterfalls of River Adventure with a steak knife last spring. A freshly renovated, Boat Tag attraction on Adventure Pier promises to deliver more boom, bang and pop this season. The new attraction will feature repurposed apache helicopters, new bombs, depth charges, a floating mine and much more.
Ocean Oasis Waterpark introduces the new Soggy Dollar Beach Bar highlighting a wide selection of lively libations with a local flair. The Soggy Dollar Beach Bar is easily accessible from the beach or boardwalk and also features a menu of casual fare.
Joe’s Fish Co., located on 26th and the Boardwalk, invites guests to savor seafood, brick oven pizza, craft beer, wine, margaritas and more, rain or shine. This summer the restaurant debuts a new roof covering on the second floor. Visitors of Morey’s Piers can also now indulge their sweet tooth with soft serve ice cream. At Raging Waters Waterpark guests can also enjoy a flavorful River Float, Morey’s take on the classic Root Beer Float, as they cruise around the River Adventure.
The Morey brothers have also embarked on a new artistic journey this summer with the introduction of artBOX, a 10,000 square foot interactive artists’ colony crafted from 11 re-purposed shipping containers featuring five local artist studios, a café serving fresh sushi, a museum shop, and live musical entertainment. A cultivated departure from the traditional seaside amusement park offering, artBOX has “curated” a selection of handpicked local and regional artists to bring texture to the visitor pier experience from showcasing paintings and handmade crafts to live demonstrations that include surf art, glass blowing, artisanal jewelry and speed painting. Guests can enjoy live, nightly musical performances.
“My brother Will and I are always searching for new entertainment ideas,” said Jack Morey, second generation partner of Morey’s Piers and leader of the artBOX visionary team. “artBOX is quirky, nostalgic, cutting edge, and a true celebration of the visual and musical arts at the Jersey Shore…just the thing that belongs on the Wildwoods Boardwalk.”
Whether you choose to experience the thrill of Adventure Pier’s Great White or to purchase an original piece at artBOX, discover for yourself why Morey’s has received worldwide recognition as winner of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions “Must See Waterparks” Award and the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence.