The 5 best boardwalks In the U.S.
The first boardwalk in the country was built in 1870 in Atlantic City, New Jersey as a solution for keeping sand out of the ritzy resort hotels and the Camden & Atlantic’s railroad cars. What once was a practical solution for sand management has become an iconic summer vacation destination with fun for the whole family. To this day, nothing says summer in the U.S.A. like strolling along a boardwalk and eating a funnel cake, just feet from luscious sand and the enchanting ocean surf. Here is our roundup of the five best boardwalks to visit this year.
Atlantic City Boardwalk, NJ
No best boardwalk list would be complete without a nod to the East Coast summer mecca, Atlantic City. Since 1870, this iconic Jersey boardwalk has been wooing tri-state vacationers with its mild ocean temperatures, casinos, shops and restaurants. Soak in the history as your stroll along the oldest boardwalk in the country.
Coney Island Boardwalk, NY
The Coney Island Boardwalk officially opened in May of 1923 and still stands today, stretching 2.5 miles making it the second-longest boardwalk in the world, surpassed only by the Atlantic City boardwalk. The retro charm of this New York City landmark still pleases visitors each year. Don’t miss a rid on the iconic Cyclone, a hot dog from Nathan’s and the annual Mermaid Parade.
Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, FL
Situated conveniently between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Hollywood, Florida is a beach destination that’s been enchanting visitors since the ‘20s. Hollywood’s brick paved promenade is a major attraction for joggers, bicyclists, rollerbladers and strollers alike. A retro trolley runs along the boardwalk to help you get to and fro. The pristine ocean water and boardwalk make Hollywood the perfect winter escape for East Coasters who can’t bear to see another flake of snow.
Ocean City Boardwalk, MD
The quaint Ocean City Boardwalk dates back to 1902 when several hoteliers wanted to give their guests easier access to the beach. In 2012, the boardwalk was renovated and the old, rotting wood was all replaced while maintaining the integrity of the original design. Take a ride on the original 1902 carousel and enjoy some authentic Maryland crab cakes.
Old Orchard Beach Pier, ME
This iconic Maine pier has stood for well over a 100 years. Back then, the summer destination featured a casino and a 5,000 person capacity ballroom. Over the years, storms caused the length of the pier to decrease until it was finally rebuilt in 1980 after a blizzard demolished what was left. It currently extends nearly 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean and is lined with souvenir shops, eateries, a nightclub and more. Grab a lobster roll and beer and enjoy the Atlantic breeze.