Time to enjoy the numerous hot spots along the Jersey Shore this summer. Numerous boardwalks along the Jersey Shore have re-opened since Hurricane Sandy thanks to both resident donations and city contributions. Here I list several Jersey Shore boardwalks and their attractions traveling from north to south along the Shore.
Point Pleasant located in northern New Jersey Shore has a mile long boardwalk known as the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk with a wide variety of attractions perfect for the whole family. Attractions include the Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Amusement Park, arcades, and games of chance. It has three mini-golf courses, batting cages, and sweet shops to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Enjoy Oceanside dining or grab a quick bite to eat at one of many concessions/restaurants. One such restaurant that offers an assortment of foods is the Pavillion restaurant. There you’ll get burgers, pizza, sushi, Mexican food and more. The Boardwalk Bar & Grill restaurant gives a spectacular elevated view of the boardwalk with a wide variety of foods. Spend the whole day at this beautiful well kept beach or check out the aquarium and get up close to animals from around the world. Jenkinson’s is great for all ages.
Seaside Heights features a very developed boardwalk. This boardwalk has the endpoints of Casino Pier on the north and Funtown Pier on the South. Numerous food stands and arcades line in between.
At the north end is Casino Pier with its roof top mini golf, rides, arcades, and eating spots. Included also is Breakwater Park with its water slides, pools, and also go cart track. Dont forget it also features a merry-go-around built in 1913.
At the South end is Funtown Pier.
It has an amusement ride area, enclosed arcade buildings, its own carousel, eateries, shopping booths, games of chance and games of skill.
Mid way on this boardwalk is numerous food stands and arcades but mostly beach for the serious beach goer.
Further south a little ways is the oldest boardwalk: Atlantic City. Atlantic City may be known for its casinos but it’s also known for the oldest boardwalk on the US’ eastern coast. It was built in 1870. It is presently 60 feet wide and just over six miles long, currently the world’s longest wooden& structure walkway. This 6 mile stretch of boardwalk features some rather elegant hotels,restaurants,attractions, gift shops, in addition to the casinos.
Atlantic City Boardwalk attractions include the Steel Pier amusement park, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and more. Ripley’s is filled with oddities from all around the world and is sure to entertain everyone in the family. Steel Pier is another family hot spot offering rides, games, and boardwalk delights. If you’re really adventurous, you may book a helicopter ride that departs from the pier.Be sure to check out the calendar at Boardwalk Hall for their lineup of top entertainers and family events.Want to check out a movie? Then you’ll want to head to the IMAX Theater located in the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.
The Historical Museum of Atlantic City gives you a look into some of the history of Atlantic City. Don’t forget to pop into the Pier Shops at Caesars for The Water Show.Every hour beginning at noon, the fountain illuminates with lights and music provides the background for the choreographed show. After the show, head out the back of the shops onto the deck and take in the surrounding views.
If we travel a little further south we encounter the Ocean City boardwalk. This boardwalk is more family oriented.The Ocean City Boardwalk offers fun for the whole family during the day and well into the night. There are 2 amusement parks on the boardwalk, each with a wide range of rides from kiddie rides to thrill seekers. There is no shortage of places to eat on the boardwalk. Don’t forget pizza at Manco. Manco’s is a tradition that most people take seriously. Stop by the Fudge Kitchen for a sample of delicious fudge and to watch them make it in the window. Mia’s Christmas Gallery is filled with a wide selection of Christmas decor that is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit even in July. This boardwalk offers something for everyone.
Our final destination is Wildwood boardwalk near the southern end of the Jersey coast. The Wildwood Boardwalk is over two miles long and has four different piers and more rides than Disneyland. It is one of the largest amusement parks in the country. One of its many features is the “Great White” which is the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster on the east coast.