Top 10 Boardwalks In the U.S.


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  1. Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey: This old-time boardwalk was first built in 1870 to curb the amount of sand beachcombers tracked into the train and hotel lobbies. Today, this 4-mile wooden way anchors the resort town, winding through flashy casinos, hotel towers and arcade halls. It also holds a neon-lit amusement pier for your entertainment. Come and enjoy some of the world's top entertainers, at Steel Pier, one of the many piers stemming from the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
  2. Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, New York: The city recently revitalized the legendary amusement area Luna Park with 19 shiny new rides, including the much-hyped Air Race, a thrill ride inspired by aerial racing and an entertainment line-up heavy on magic and juggling shows. Overall, this amusement area includes 50 or more separate rides and attractions.  Once you are tired of the games, take a walk along the boardwalk and cast your sights on the ocean, sand or the many food venders for some grub.
  3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: The launch of the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade in the summer of 2010 brought the Grand Strand beachfront a new life. Along this boardwalk you will find souvenir shops, arcades, and an oceanfront park near the 2nd Avenue pier. This 1.2 mile walkway is the town hub of activity with live entertainment each summer evening, including roaming stilt walkers, jugglers, bagpipers and a weekly fireworks display.
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    Ocean City Boardwalk, Maryland: This 3-mile promenade at the southern tip of Ocean City, Maryland is thronged with beachgoers on summer evenings. Here you will find their famous Thrashers French fries and antique rides, like the Hershel-Spellman carousel built in 1902. You will even find the Life-saving Station Museum, which exhibits the history of shipwrecks and the rescue teams that came to their aid.

  5. Virginia Beach, Virginia: Come enjoy 3 miles of concrete boardwalk with live music venues, amusement rides and rental shops for bicycles, which you can use on the boardwalk's separate bike path. You will also find nautical sculptures scattered along the way, the most famous of which is the 34-foot bronze King Neptune.  Come on down and stroll, rollerblade or bike along the boardwalk.
  6. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California: Created more than a hundred years ago as the West Coast answer to Coney Island, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is one of the last seaside amusement parks remaining in the U.S. This stretch along Monterey Bay has been designated by California as a historic landmark. Friday nights here you will find free concerts and the last ride, named the Haunted Castle, opened in 2010.
  7. Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Delaware: This site was first built in 1873 when the city was established as a site for Methodist camp meetings. The mile long boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach has recently been renovated. Now you will see a beautiful yellow pine patterned walkway with a vintage feel. You can also find some classics like Funland, Surfside Arcade and Dolle's Salt Water Taffy.
  8. Sandwich Boardwalk, Massachusetts: This boardwalk was destroyed in 1991 by Hurricane Bob. With help from the locals, whose names and messages are inscribed on the planks leading to a broad sandy beach on Cape Cod Bay, the boardwalk was rebuilt and lives on in Sandwich, the oldest town on Cape Cod. Here you will not find a commercial strip! Instead of Ferris wheels and cotton candy, visitors are treated to postcard-worthy views of dunes, marshes, and a creek, well worth the trip.

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  9. Kemah Boardwalk, Texas: You would never expect to find a sprawling beach area doubled with a carnival atmosphere here, but on Galveston Bay you will find Kemah Boardwalk! Whether in town to catch a Texaribbean cruise or just for the fun of it, Kemah's amusement park rides, marina, beach and activities are all the buzz in this area. Feel free to stay at the Boardwalk Inn with water views and proximity to the concerts, restaurants and shopping. You are sure to want to come back again.
  10. Wildwoods Boardwalk, Wildwoods, New Jersey: This 38-block Boardwalk, most notably named "two miles of smiles", boasts more rides than Disneyland, with a vast array of rides and looping, world-class roller coasters. Here you will also find an endless number of souvenir shops and eateries offering everything from fresh roasted nuts to fudge straight from the kettle. Come to Wildwoods to enjoy the Boardwalk day or night or even take the world-famous Sightseer Tram Car that will transport you from one end of the Boardwalk to the other.
Ani Kington Ani Kington

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.

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