SUMMER VACATION IDEAS

Photos: America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks

If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes, and Whac-A-Mole, we’ve got 19 little pieces of honky-tonk heaven—from Jersey to Cali—just waiting for you to pay a visit.

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello, Friday, Apr 26, 2013, 6:00 PM

Source Article: Photos: America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks

A view of Navy Pier Chicago

Who says a boardwalk has to be by the ocean? Chicago's Navy Pier is on Lake Michigan.

(Christian De Grandmaison/Dreamstime)

Navy-Pier Chicago skyline

Navy Pier's Ferris wheel has great views of the Chicago skyline.

(Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes/Dreamstime)

Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from 2009

There's more to Atlantic City than casinos. This boardwalk empire is one of the most historic in the U.S.

(Courtesy Dreamstime)

Boardwalk at night in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City's boardwalk sparkles at night.

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Coney Island Boardwalk

Nathan's has been on this spot on Coney Island for almost a century. It reopened this spring after repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy.

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Coney Island Boardwalk

Coney Island's iconic Wonder Wheel looms over the boardwalk and amusement park.

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Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, California

The Santa Monica Pier hugs the Pacific coast.

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Famous Santa Monica beach on a warm summer night

On warm summer evenings, the Santa Monica Pier is a sweet spot to watch the sun go down.

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Myrtle Beach, SC, USA, walking the Grand Strand boardwalk

Myrtle Beach's boardwalk is a relative newcomer but draws many happy guests each summer.

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Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach's long shoreline makes for long, happy afternoons.

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Entrance to the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, 2010

The inviting entrance to the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md.

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Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City's boardwalk is a beauty day or night.

(Richard Gunion/Dreamstime )

Skatepark of Venice Beach, USA

The famous skate park at Venice Beach, Calif.

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Ocean Front Walk of Venice Beach

The boardwalk at Venice Beach is officially named Ocean Front Walk, but nobody calls it that.

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Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Rehoboth Beach, Del., is renowned for its relaxed vibe and excellent taffy.

(Richard Gunion/Dreamstime )

Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Rehoboth Beach offers great shopping—window- or for-real.

(Richard Gunion/Dreamstime )

near boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is near the top of Monterey Bay in central California.

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Boardwalk at Santa Cruz in California

Santa Cruz's boardwalk is often quiet in the early morning and evening.

(Douglas Nelson/Dreamstime)

Old Orchard Beach in Maine

Rides, shops, and seafood make Old Orchard Beach a popular, and unusual, Maine destination.

(Bambi L. Dingman/Dreamstime)

Old Orchard Beach pier

Old Orchard Beach Pier with rays through the pilings at low tide.

(Jo Ann Snover/Dreamstime)

boardwalk in Wildwood New Jersey

The boardwalk heats up in more ways than one in summertime at Wildwood, N.J.

(Anthony Aneese Totah Jr/Dreamstime)

Pier in Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood is a classic "shore thing" in New Jersey.

(Denise Rizza/Dreamstime )

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is a popular Fourth of July weekend getaway.

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Virginia Beach

The oceanfront in Virgina Beach.

(Teresa Kenney/Dreamstime)

Disney World Boardwalk, near Jellyrolls. Florida, USA

Nobody welcomes guests like Disney, and its Disney World Boardwalk is no exception.

(Daniel Padavona/Dreamstime)

Disneys Boardwalk Resort

Resort guests can enjoy a classic boardwalk even though there's no ocean in sight.

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Kemah Boardwalk Bullet as seen from across the marina

Kemah Boardwalk is just 20 miles from downtown Houston, on Texas's Gulf Coast.

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Old Police car, located on Kemah Boardwalk

This vintage police car is one of Kemah Boardwalk's iconic sights.

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Seaside communities of northern San Diego, California, including Mission Beach

A view of the seaside communities of northern San Diego, including Mission Beach.

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Mission Beach, San Diego, California

Gorgeous Mission Beach is often overshadowed by its better-known, glitzier neighbors up the California coast.

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Carolina Beach Boardwalk, NC

Carolina Beach is located, appropriately enough, on Pleasure Island.

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Carolina Beach Boardwalk, NC

Carolina Beach is a popular family-friendly destination.

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Hampton Beach Boardwalk, NH Night scene

Hampton Beach Boardwalk, in New Hampshire, is a low-key, relaxing spot that will make you wish you could stay a while longer.

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Hampton Beach Boardwalk, NH Night scene

Hampton Beach doesn't scream at visitors but welcomes them to relax and stay a while.

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Boardwalks at Jenkinsons Point Pleasant New Jersey

Jenkinson's is a retro classic amid the Jersey Shore's bigger amusement parks.

(Courtesy www.jenkinsons.com)

Boardwalks at Jenkinsons Point Pleasant New Jersey

Jenkinson's Boardwalk draws a lively, family-focused crowd in summer.

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Sandwich Boardwalk, Cape Cod Mass.

A far cry from the thrill rides and arcade games, the "boardwalk" in Sandwich, Mass., is perfect for strolling by the water.

(Courtesy Don Fleet, Fleetwood Photography, Sandwich)

Sandwich Boardwalk, Cape Cod, Mass.

You don't need a ticket to enjoy this ride, at the boardwalk in Sandwich, Mass., on Cape Cod.

(Courtesy Don Fleet, Fleetwood Photography, Sandwich)

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