What's your New Jersey boardwalk personality?
Lucky for all of you shore-bound pleasure seekers, New Jersey's iconic boardwalks are not one-size-fits-all. Download and print this handy infographic to find the wood-slatted walkway that's a perfect fit for your personality—from laid-back to thrill seeking, classic to hip and everything in between.
Wholesome | Named one of the “Best Family Beaches In America” by the Travel Channel, it's no wonder Ocean City's boardwalk is the spot for good, clean fun for all ages. Top tips: 1) Ocean City is a dry town, so its family-friendly boardwalk is alcohol-free. 2) Family Night (every Thursday in July and August) showcases free live entertainment and activities.
Tranquil | If you prefer peaceful pavilions and serene eateries to midway hawkers and flashy amusements, the boardwalk at Avon-by-the-Sea is your dream come true. So take a stroll, work in a workout, dine on something delicious and relax by the waterfront to your heart's content. The only "noise" you'll hear are the waves rhythmically rolling onto the sand.
Classic | If your motto is, "There's nothing like the original," then Atlantic City's boardwalk is the one for you. Built in 1870, it wasn't just New Jersey's first boardwalk. It was the first in the world! Today's must-sees include the completely reimagined historic Steel Pier and the arcade and amusements dotting yet another pier that juts out 1,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean.
Fun Loving | Point Pleasant packs a ton of good times into one entertaining mile—so you'll never get bored on these boards. Top attractions include Jenkinson's Aquarium (home to the only sharks you want to see on a beach vacation!), a multitude of mini-golf courses, the Fun House, the 7D Dark Ride and the Sinatra House (yes, as in THE legendary Frank Sinatra!).
Hip | As home to the Stone Pony, you could say that Asbury Park's boardwalk launched the musical careers of Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Looking for some rockin' recommendations? Hit the Convention Center bar and "world-famous photo booth," nosh on Korean fusion tacos at MOGO in a cool, converted shipping container and hit the jackpot with a stop at the Silverball Museum Arcade.
Retro | Dig mid-century modern culture? Then Wildwood's Doo Wop–inspired boardwalk is a must-doo. Mix that vintage vibe with 38 blocks of off-the-charts fun and you've found your hotspot with over 100 dizzying rides and loads of far-out eateries. In a hurry to get from one end to the other? Hop on a tram. And if you hear the legendary, "Watch the tram car, please" warning, just scoot out of the way.
Thrill Seeking | Seaside Heights is living proof that you just can't keep a good boardwalk down. After the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the lively atmosphere of these bustling boards is back and better than ever. And the crown jewel of extreme thrills is the all-new Hydrus roller coaster with its heart-in-your-throat 72-foot vertical drop. So throw your arms in the air and scream out loud!
Nature Loving | If you yearn for a morning bike ride with endless beach views, sea-salted air and the hypnotic “thud-thud, thud-thud” of boards under your wheels, Avalon's half-mile boardwalk in the Southern Shore Region is your go-to. Aiming further north? The sophisticated resort town of Spring Lake showcases an unspoiled and peaceful promenade to immerse yourself in all the sights, sounds, smells and wonders of this coastal gem.
Meditative | "It seemed to us that a more magnificent site…could hardly be found," wrote the founders of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association way back in 1869. Today, you'll feel the same way as you journey along the length of Ocean Grove's bucolic boardwalk and park yourself in one of its ocean-facing benches—the perfect respite for quiet reflection.
Outdoorsy | If you prefer casting a line in the surf or spotting a Red-winged Blackbird with your binoculars over shooting Skee-Ball in an arcade or standing in line for a thrill ride, then Fisherman's Walkway at Island Beach State Park is just right for you. It sits smack-dab in the middle of a barrier island ecosystem that a variety of maritime plants and diverse wildlife call home.
Laid-back | The Cape May Promenade comfortably hugs the shoreline of this National Historic District renown for its charming Victorian architecture. A true foil to the frenetic pace of neighboring coastal resorts' boardwalks, this lovely paved pathway invites you to indulge in the simple pleasure of treating yourself to an ice cream cone and strolling its two-mile length as you breathe in the fresh ocean air.
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