It’s not just New Jersey’s incredible beaches that are gaining national recognition when summer begins. The beach promenades that make these beaches special are also noticed.
TrendingTravel.org recently released a list of the top 15 boardwalks in the United States. Garden State boardwalks made up one-fifth of the list, with three succeeding. Atlantic City, Wildwood and Seaside Heights were all among the 15 on the list.
Atlantic City’s boardwalk was the first on the list – but to be fair, the list was alphabetical. When NJ.com ranked the best boardwalks in the state back in 2018, AC became number 6. Here is what Trending Travel had to say about the boardwalk Bruce Springsteen made famous with one of his best songs:
Although this list was not literate, AC’s boardwalk deserves to be mentioned first. After all, it was the United States’ first, opened way back in 1870. On top of that, it is one of the longest and among the east coast’s most famous beach promenades. The iconic 6.4 km pedestrian walkway connects several of AC’s top attractions, such as casinos, retail, jetties and the famous Boardwalk Hall. Finally, if it gets too hot, the beaches are just steps away.
Seaside Heights, the boardwalk made famous (well, infamous) by the MTV hit “Jersey Shore” was the next Garden State contestant. It came in as No. 4 on NJ.com’s list. Trending Travel also took note of the TV promenade’s TV history:
With so many boardwalks along the Jersey Shore, it’s a shame to leave some out. Of course, there are hotspots, like Long Branch and Asbury Park. There is also no mention of Point Pleasant. However, there is something special about the 2.1 kilometer long wooden promenade in Seaside Heights. First and foremost, it connects to Casino Pier, among the country’s best theme parks. If that’s not enough, Seaside Heights was also the setting for MTV’s popular realty TV show Jersey Shore.
Wildwood, which was No. 2 on NJ.com’s list, was the last boardwalk in New Jersey mentioned by Trending Travel. The site praised Wildwood’s long boardwalk, as well as the amusement park:
Last but certainly not least is another famous boardwalk along the Jersey Shore. The original wooden plates dating back to 1890 are obviously gone. But instead it is an impressive walkway that stretches over 38 blocks. Along the 20-mile-long trail is everything one would expect at a nationally recognized destination. In fact, there are souvenir shops, snack bars and Morey’s Piers, one of the best amusement parks in the country. In addition, the Sightseer Tram service, as well as a popular Doo Wop museum.
The beach promenades in New Jersey 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.
They are fine, but they are not Jersey.
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