While searching for a home, Caroline Springer and Chris Nitzsche were looking for green space—and then some. Caroline says the family wanted “easy access to the things that are important to our family: parks, trails, wildlife, and other outdoor, human-powered recreational opportunities, as well as great schools that are close to our house.” They found the perfect oasis in Wildwood. Chris, executive VP of sales and marketing at Quagga Accessories, and Caroline, a Jamberry independent consultant, have two sons, Will and Kirk, and a boarder collie mix named Bert. Will, age 5, attends Babler Elementary, and Kirk, age 3, attends Woodlawn Chapel’s Mother’s Day Out program. We spoke to Caroline about her family’s favorite parts of the area.

What’s Wildwood’s best-kept secret?

The variety of activities and programs offered to residents by the city of Wildwood: There is a BBQ festival every summer, a Balloon Glow, a 5K, and classes and workshops at City Hall. The Early Childhood Recreation Program is put on by the City of Wildwood once a month. The activities range from pumpkin decorating in October, to a Babaloo concert, to painting pottery. The programs are such fun for preschoolers, and are free!

Where’s the best Wildwood spot to meet friends?

We love B&B Theatres, Big Chief Roadhouse, the Wildwood Pub & Grill, and Llywelyn’s Pub. Table 3 is a nice choice for a girls’ night out or date night.

Sharon Hutson, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate

I’ve lived in Wildwood a long time. It was incorporated in 1995; this fall, we’re going to celebrate our 20th anniversary with a founders’ day event in the town center. There are lots of parks, and they’re just finishing up another. The town center is the core of the city; it has the art festival, the farmers’ market, the community garden, concerts on Friday, restaurants, shops, grocery stores and banks. It’s a very family-friendly city in Rockwood School District.