5 of the best boardwalks in the USA

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There are few more iconically American summer traditions than spending a sunny day on the boardwalk. From treats like candy floss and taffy to rides and funfair stalls, the boardwalk is the centre of summer fun.

There are few more iconically American summer traditions than spending a sunny day on the boardwalk. From treats like candy floss and taffy (the US version of toffee) to rides and funfair stalls, the boardwalk is the centre of summer fun. Get there before the summer disappears!

Coney Island Boardwalk, New York
Coney Island Boardwalk. Photo: Paul Lowry

1. Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn

New Yorkers from across all five boroughs flock to Coney Island in the summer for a turn on the Cyclone roller coaster and one of Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. The recently restored boardwalk now offers dozens of new rides.

Navy Pier, Chicago
Navy Pier. Photo: Marcin Wichary

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2. Navy Pier, Chicago

Despite its inland location, Chicago offers idyllic beachside surroundings alongside massive Lake Michigan. On Navy Pier, which stretches into the lake, families can ride the Ferris wheel and play mini-golf.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Photo: miggslives

3. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California

The last carnival-like boardwalk on the West Coast, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk sells old-fashioned candies (toffee, nut clusters) and has a Historic Landmark in the 1911 Looff Carousel.

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Photo: dbking

4. Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Delaware

Constructed in 1873 and recently renovated, this throwback boardwalk rocks a vintage vibe between its Surfside Arcade and famous salt-water taffy.

Atlantic City, New Jersey
Atlantic City Boardwalk. Photo: SurFeRGiRL30

5. Atlantic City, New Jersey

After a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy, the legendary Atlantic City boardwalk is back in action. The landmark is the oldest and longest boardwalk in the world.

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5 of the best boardwalks in the USA was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Claire Bullen
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