Between April and May, Shore News Network polled hundreds of Facebook users to determine the best boardwalk destinations in New Jersey. Here are the results.
#5 Seaside Heights
Seaside Heights, home of the Jersey Shore and devastated by Superstorm Sandy has been rebuilt and is making its way back into the hearts of vacationers once again. The new boardwalk also includes a new Casino Pier layout after the upper end of the pier suffered a collapse in 2012. Six years later, life has returned to the boardwalk and new attractions on the Casino Pier have revitalized tourism interest in the boardwalk. It is home to many longtime establishments such as Lucky Leo’s Arcade and notable eateries frequently featured on cable television and travel programs, such as Maruca’s Tomato Pies. It is a boardwalk that has been graced by the royalty of Prince Harry and was once the hotspot of many MTV television programs.
#4 Atlantic City
Even though casino traffic is down, Atlantic City was voted the fourth best boardwalk with its historic Steel Pier and many unique attractions along the boardwalk that make it unique among Jersey’s boardwalks. The boardwalk is home to many national chains such as the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, Johnny Rockets, Rainforest Cafe and of course, the casinos.
#3 Point Pleasant
The Point Pleasant Boardwalk reigns supreme as the Jersey Shore’s northern family destination and the borough invests a lot of effort into keeping the family friendly atmosphere front and center. It has an amusement ride section, games of chance, arcades and revolves around family fun.
Wildwood’s boardwalk is huge. It is the mecca of seaside amusement activity at the Jersey Shore with multiple amusement piers, three water parks, tram car service, a convention center and more arcade stands than you can shake a stick at. The boardwalk also works to maintain its mid-twentieth century image with ice cream parlors and other fun throwbacks to an era most have passed by. The boardwalk in Wildwood has anything any fun seeking family could want and in a great family atmosphere. The are miles of huge white sandy beaches as if the boardwalk wasn’t enough.
#1 Ocean City
Ocean City’s boardwalk is a traditional Jersey Shore boardwalk with games of chance, arcades, rides and amusements, but there is something that makes those who visit Ocean City grow instantly fond of it. Compared to other Jersey Shore boardwalks, it’s unusually quiet and calm, but offers plenty of fun and entertainment. At times you can imagine yourself walking the same boardwalk how it was fifty years ago. On top of that, families love Ocean City because it’s a dry town, meaning alcohol, bars or party crowds are scarce around this part of the Jersey Shore.
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