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Fast Facts - The Wildwoods Convention Center • 260,000-Square Feet. • The 75,000-square foot exhibition hall can be split into two areas. • 20,000-square feet of ballroom and meeting space. • Pre-functions can be held on a 6,600-square foot deck. • Groups from 50 to 10,000 can be accommodated. • There are spectacular floor-to-ceiling views from the outside deck, main exhibit hall and lobby area. • There is on site parking for 700 vehicles. • The Wildwoods is easily accessible from New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC.


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“We have about two dozen mud runs a year,” reports Jackson. “Close to 50,000 people participate in these popular obsta- cle course contests. For meeting atten- dees who don’t wish to race through dirt andmud,we have other activities like dog- sled racing, art-related contests and bird watching. When not in meeting rooms, guests enjoy duty-free clothes shopping, horseback riding, snowmobile excursions in the winter and gaming all year at Mt. Airy Casino. We encourage meeting and event attendees to bring their families and


stay for a few days when work is com- plete.”


The Wildwoods has a few extra twists to tantalize planners looking for singular attractions. The area is legendary for its DooWop and rock and roll roots, yet the architecture may be even more eminent. Its mid-20th century buildings and neon lights bring visitors from throughout the United States and Europe. CNN Travel placed it on the top 10 list of GreatTowns, Villages and Neighborhoods intheWorld for the distinctive Doo Wop structures, while America Online named it a Top 10 ArchitecturalWonder in the nation.


While on the subject of lists…according to TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice commu- nity, the Wildwoods is the number one Destination on the Rise in the U.S. for 2015. Rankings were finalized by an algorithm measuring year-over-year increases in pos- itive reviews for accommodations, restau- rants and attractions across destinations worldwide.


This honor is no surprise to John Siciliano, executive director of The Wildwoods Convention Center or Ben Rose, marketing director. “We became a destination after World War II,” reveals Rose. “Most of the motels and neon lights


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