It’s not just New Jersey’s incredible beaches that are nationally acclaimed in early summer. The boardwalks that help make these beaches special are also noticed.
TrendingTravel.org recently published a list of the top 15 boardwalks in the United States. Garden State Parkways made up a fifth of the list, with three making the cut. Atlantic City, Wildwood and Seaside Heights were all among the 15 on the list.
The Atlantic City boardwalk was first on the list – but to be fair, the list was alphabetical. When NJ.com ranked the state’s best walks of 2018, AC ranked #6. Here’s what Trending Travel had to say about the walk Bruce Springsteen made famous with one of his best songs :
Even though this list was not alphabetical, the AC boardwalk deserves to be mentioned first. After all, it was the first path opened in America in 1870. On top of that, it’s one of the longest and most famous boardwalks on the East Coast. Stretching over 4 miles, the iconic pedestrian path connects many of AC’s top attractions, including casinos, retail stores, piers, and the famous Boardwalk Hall. Finally, if it is too hot, the beaches are only a few steps away.
Seaside Heights, the boardwalk made famous (well, infamous) by the MTV hit “Jersey Shore” was the next Garden State entrant. It came in at No. 4 on NJ.com’s list. Trending Travel also took note of the walk’s TV story:
With so many walks along the Jersey Shore, it’s a shame to miss out. Of course, there are hotspots, like Long Branch and Asbury Park. That’s also not to mention Point Pleasant. However, there is something special about the 2.1 mile boardwalk in Seaside Heights. First, it connects to Casino Pier, one of the best amusement parks in the country. If that’s not enough, Seaside Heights was also the setting for MTV’s popular real estate television show, Jersey Shore.
Wildwood, which was No. 2 on NJ.com’s list, was the last New Jersey boardwalk mentioned by Trending Travel. The site praised Wildwood’s long boardwalk, as well as its amusement park:
Last but not least is another famous boardwalk along the Jersey Shore. Dating from 1890, the original wooden planks have visibly disappeared. However, in its place is an impressive walkway, spanning 38 blocks. Along the two mile lane is everything one would expect from a nationally recognized destination. Indeed, there are souvenir shops, snack bars and Morey’s Piers, one of the best amusement parks in the country. Plus, the tourist tram service, as well as a famous Doo Wop museum.
The New Jersey rides were in good company. Others on the list include Daytona Beach and Hollywood Beach in Florida, Jones Beach in New York, Ocean City in Maryland, and Mission Beach in San Diego.
It’s good, but it’s not Jersey.
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