Top 10 Boardwalks in the United States of America
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Location: Carolina Beach, North Carolina
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk, between Cape Fear Boulevard and Harper Avenue, is ranked among the top 10 boardwalks in the US by the Food and Wine magazine. Apart from restaurants and entertainment centers, this boardwalk hosts a number of concerts and weekly fireworks display. Kids love the amusement park and the rides along the boardwalk. Apart from the regular summer events, the boardwalk is known for its Island of Lights festival, Christmas by the Sea event and Carolina Beach Music Festival. This wooden boardwalk is just the place to catch some breathtaking views.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Ranked the best boardwalk in the entire country by USA Today (readers’ choice) the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is also among the oldest in the US. Opened in 1907 as the “Coney Island of the West”, this Main Beach boardwalk became the prime entertainment center of the West Coast. Home to the roller coaster, Giant Dipper and the Looff Carousel, the boardwalk amusement center is now a National Historic Landmark. Neptune’s Kingdom and Casino Arcade are two of the best attractions of the boardwalk.
Ocean City Boardwalk
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Built in 1902, the three mile Ocean City boardwalk and promenade has roughed the storms over the years and has been rebuilt many times. Apart from the numerous restaurants, shops, and amusement centers along the boardwalk, the Life-Saving Station Museum and an ancient US Coast Guard tower are favorites with the tourists. The Herschel-Spellman carousel (constructed in 1902) is a hit with the kids. Enjoy the acts of the jugglers, acrobats, and street performers and don’t miss the oak Inlet Indian sculpture.
Atlantic City Boardwalk
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the oldest in the country. It opened in 1870 and yet it is certainly among the best. Some of the best attractions of the boardwalk are the casinos that line it. Take a stroll down and you will pass the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, House of Blues, and the Boardwalk Hall apart from the famous Pier Shops at Caesars (Playground Pier), a shopping arcade. The Trump Taj Mahal and other amusement centers along the boardwalk promise great fun.
Coney Island Boardwalk
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Gone are the times when the Coney Island Boardwalk was infamous for the brothels and gambling houses that lined it. By the 1980s, the boardwalk underwent a complete transformation and became a major entertainment center for families. In 2010, Luna Park opened up with about 19 new rides and a whole new set of entertainment options. If you are here on the fourth of July, do not miss the hot-dog eating contest that draws contestants from all over the country.
Hollywood Beach Boardwalk
Location: Hollywood, Florida
Walk, or ride a bicycle along his iconic brick paved boardwalk between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The two and a half mile stretch is a beautiful one and is lined with quaint cafes, restaurants, and famous hotels. The organic farmers’ market on Sunday (held along the boardwalk) is the ideal place to find organic fruits and delicious juices and smoothies. Over 50 restaurants, 30 shops and boutiques, and 3 oceanfront parks line this two and half mile stretch. The Hollywood beach is among the cleanest in the country and the sights here are undoubtedly pretty.
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ranked among the best beach boardwalks in the country by the Travel and Leisure Magazine, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a perfect mix of entertainment and beach fun. This 28 feet wide, 3 mile long boardwalk is perfect for a fun evening with the family. Apart from the best restaurants in town, the boardwalk also hosts live performances on 4 stages every summer evening. Do not miss the towering King Neptune statue. The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, the 15th Street Amusement Park, the giant Ferris wheel, and the fishing pier are among the best attractions of the boardwalk.
Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The 1.2 mile boardwalk between the 1st Avenue North and 16th Avenue North is called Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade, and is the life of this town. Built in 2010, this wooden boardwalk is lined with shops and amusement centers. The best loved among these is undoubtedly the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove, an eight storied gift and souvenir shop. Spend time at the giant Myrtle Beach SkyWheel or head down south to play in the sand dunes. The boardwalk is a hip and happening place with different festivals hosted each summer evening. Jugglers, stilt walkers, fireworks display and other attractions keep you company.
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Location: City of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Deemed America’s Best Boardwalk by the American Profile Magazine and ranked among the best boardwalks in the country by the National Geographic magazine, the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is a mile long stretch of leisurely attractions. From knickknack and curio shops, to restaurants and amusement centers, the boardwalk has something for everyone. It plays host to music jigs and fitness competitions and is a favorite with both bikers and amblers. This boardwalk was built in the 1870s as a meeting point for the Methodists, but soon became popular with the beach goers.
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
One of the best attractions of the Town Neck Beach in Sandwich, the oldest town in Cape Cod, is its famous Sandwich Boardwalk. The 1,350-foot boardwalk spans across a marshland and is a fun place to be with the family despite its lack of commercial interest. Children love to jump off the boardwalk into the shallow waters when the tide comes in and to hunt for crabs in the sandy beach. This boardwalk finds its place in the top 10 due to the many beautiful views it has to offer. The boardwalk was rebuilt after it was damaged by Hurricane Bob in 1991.