New Jersey’s Iconic Boardwalks
In addition to beautiful beaches, many of the towns along New Jersey’s 130 miles of coastline boast the Jersey Shore’s iconic boardwalks. Walking along the raised wooden planks, visitors can indulge in all sorts of all-American amusements. They all have retail stores, snack shops, restaurants, major attractions, rides, games and entertainment to create a lively atmosphere that can turn your stroll into a day filled with fun.
Some of the top boardwalks along the Jersey Shore from north to south include:
Point Pleasant Beach: The Point Pleasant Boardwalk offers an overload of must-see attractions along its one mile. The north end of the Boardwalk is home to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, which features exhibits such as Atlantic and Pacific sharks, coral reefs, penguins, alligators and seals. Stop and listen at the Sinatra House, where you can hear the music of the legendary singer coming from outdoors speakers to entertain passersby. Miniature golf, a Fun House and an amusement park are great for families.
Seaside Heights: The Jenkinson’s Breakwater Beach Water Park at Casino Pier is just the start of the action happening along the one-mile-long Seaside Heights Boardwalk. The Casino Pier also has an amusement park with the latest state-of-the-art rides, classic Boardwalk amusement rides and children’s rides.
Atlantic City: The world’s first boardwalk was built in 1870. Today the boardwalk still draws in visitors who want to explore beyond the casino hotels. The historic Steel Pier was built in 1898. After a $23 million renovation, the Pier now has more than 25 kiddie and “extreme” rides and an amusement arcade among its attractions. Also stop by Ripley’s Believe or Not! Museum to see the world’s smallest production car.
Ocean City: When you are called “America’s Greatest Family Resort” it’s easy to know that the 2.5 mile boardwalk here is going to be filled with family favorites. Adventure Island Water Park has more than 35 family rides, water slides and miniature golf. Thursdays in July and August is “Family Night” on the boardwalk featuring free live entertainment and activities.
Wildwood: The 2.5 mile-long Wildwoods Boardwalk has been named among the “Top Ten American Boardwalks” by ForbesTravel.com and Sherman’s Travel and with good reason. It’s packed with such sites as Morey’s Piers, its three amusement piers with over 100 rides and attractions. Thrill rides include world-class roller coasters and you can cool off at one of three beachfront water parks. Take the Sightseer Tram Car to go from one end of the Boardwalk to the other.