Best Beach Boardwalks in the United States

Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey
The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the backbone of this seaside resort city, providing access to hotels, resorts, shops, casinos and more. Stemming from the Atlantic City Boardwalk are several piers featuring a number of attractions. Garden Pier is known as the arts and cultural center of the Atlantic City Boardwalk complete with Atlantic City historical museum and Atlantic City Art Center. Find antique shops, museums and cultural attractions, piers and arcades and much more. Take a trolley tour to see Atlantic City and enjoy the ride. Atlantic City attractions offer culture and history too, including Atlantic City Historical Museum and Art Center on Garden Pier, the Absecon Lighthouse and the Atlantic City Aquarium.

Ocean City Boardwalk, New Jersey
The 2.5 mile boardwalk in Ocean City has classic attractions and many newer additions. The world famous Gillian's Wonderland Pier boasts a 140-foot Ferris Wheel can be seen from miles around, with views of Ocean City and the surrounding communities from the top. Other rides include roller coasters, bumper cars, water rides, and tens of miniature golf courses. Shops sell souvenirs and snacks, such as cotton candy, popcorn, pizza, and ice cream. Other boardwalk activities include enjoying the sunrise with a leisurely walk, a brisk jog, a bike tour, a ride on a surrey cart, or a meal at one of the many ocean front cafes.


Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Delaware
The Boardwalk, now a mile long, was originally built in 1873 on high ground between the beach and Surf Avenue, which ran the full length of the ocean front. Many storms have changed the configuration over the years, but in 1879, the original Henlopen Hotel was built on the site now occupied by a hotel of the same name. Reader's Digest named the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk as 'Best of America.' This celebration of the quirky, amazing and truly extraordinary was featured in the May 2006 issue.

Ocean City Boardwalk, Maryland
The Travel Channel calls our classic wooden boardwalk one of America's best. USA Today named it one of the nation's "Top 10 Great Boardwalks." Day or night, there's always something happening - and quite often, it's free. Take in an impromptu show by one of our street performers, or watch exotic kites soar skyward on the refreshing ocean breeze. Amusements and arcades are fun for children of all ages. Catch a spectacular view from the top of our Ferris wheel. Scream with delight on our roller coaster, or savor the slower pace of our magnificent 1902 carousel.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Virginia Beach Boardwalk was first built in 1888 as a five-block, wooden-planked promenade. It has provided the setting for many a child's first sight of the seashore, countless marriage proposals and honeymoon moonlight strolls, festivals and celebrations galore or simply a nice place to enjoy the ever-changing sights, sounds and majesty of the ocean. At just under three miles, the boardwalk is a perfect family bike ride, an invigorating walk or run, or a relaxing tram ride. At night the boardwalk comes to life with rides, arcades, performers and so much more.

Santa Cruz Beach, California
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is probably the best on the west coast. Santa Cruz is a funky town, but the main city beach is a lively family-friendly place. Along the boardwalk there are arcades, amusement park rides, and even a train to catch that follows the San Lorenzo River. The Santa Cruz Wharf is a good way to extend your walk on the boardwalk.