Breathing the salty air and taking in the spirit of the beach is what summertime is all about. But if you’ve had enough of the sand and surf for one day, hit the boardwalk to enjoy some amusement, good eats, and unique shopping. Let’s take a look at some of the best boardwalks from coast to coast.
Atlantic City Boardwalk
The boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey is one of the most iconic backdrops in cinema. Movies ranging from Ocean’s Eleven, to Empire Records, to The Godfather Part III were all filmed there. But its presence in pop-culture isn’t limited to current times or the movie theater; the beloved board game Monopoly is based on the streets and sites of Atlantic City, too. Known as the birthplace of saltwater taffy, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is ideal for an evening stroll after a long night at one of the city’s many casinos. And as a result of coronavirus, board-walkers are now allowed to drink alcoholic beverages outside on the boards. To say the least, there are now lots of happy people at Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Coney Island Boardwalk
If you board the Brooklyn-bound Q train in Manhattan, and ride it all the way to the last stop, you’ll find yourself in Coney Island. After you ride the Cyclone rollercoaster and spend some time at the newer rides in Luna Park, head to the Coney Island Boardwalk for refreshments and a Nathan’s hot dog. Depending on what time of the year you visit Coney Island, you might even be able to catch the Mermaid Parade, where men and women dress up in costumes and body paint to show off their love for these mystical creatures. And of course, make sure to ride the ferris wheel for a spectacular view of New York City.
Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach
Forget Hollywood and glitzy reality TV shows. If you’re in Los Angeles, you have to hit Ocean Front Walk in Venice beach for all kinds of entertainment, from broken glass-walkers to eccentric mimes. Ever dream of rollerblading in short-shorts and a bikini? This is the place to do it! There are also shops, eateries, and a mile and a half of beach to stroll through. Make sure to take lots of pictures!
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Santa Monica Pier is fifteen miles outside of downtown LA, which is totally drivable or accessible via Uber. Ride the ferris wheel, take a walk on the beach, or sit at a cafe and watch the sunset. And don’t fret if you’re not a buff, tan surfer. Santa Monica Pier is also a perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely afternoon of fishing.
Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Virginia Beach
Head to Virginia Beach Boardwalk for a full day of eating, drinking, fishing, and shopping. Start with a coffee in front of Neptune’s statue. The golden rays shining through his trident and (literally) rock hard abs will surely set the tone for a day by the sea. Head to the fishing pier or the sand for a few hours of relaxation. Fuel up on green smoothies and then hit the shops for some retail therapy. Finally, end the day with a fireside dinner. You’ll wake up the next morning refreshed for more adventures along Virginia Beach!