Major boardwalks along the Jersey Shore
are at Point Pleasant, Seaside, Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood, and another one is being renovated at Asbury Park. Most
NJ beach towns have smaller boardwalks that run along the coastline of the Jersey shore.
The first boardwalk built in America was at Atlantic City in 1870. It was designed to act as a barrier
to keep ocean bathers from tracking sand into the local tourist hotels. This idea was originated by Alexander Boardman,
and the boardwalks of today are named after him.
The two mile long Atlantic City Boardwalk is mostly known for
its gambling casinos, but it still retains much of its past, including the Steel Pier.
The Wildwood Boardwalk is over two miles long, 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 "the Great White" which is the
tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster on the east coast.
The mile long
boardwalk at Seaside has the Funtown Pier and the Casino Pier which features a merry-go-round built in 1913. The game of Skeeball
is only found on the NJ boardwalk arcades. To quote NJ-native and Pulitzer Prize-winning
author, Junot Diaz, "The boardwalk was where all of NJ came together; Where NJ for better or worse,
along boardwalks include Italian and Seafood restaurants, pizzerias, miniature golf courses, arcades, game stands, souvenir
shops, beach gear stores, boutique shops, ice cream and waffle stands, night clubs, and sweet shops.
Today, many of New Jersey's boardwalks, especially those of Atlantic City, are also home
to the finest resorts on the Eastern Coast. Blending seamlessly with the existing hotel-scape, many of these resorts offer
memories for those who cherish the nostalgic, family-friendly atmosphere of these playlands by the sea. These resorts
properties provide so many pleasant vacation memories making them extremely popular among frequent New Jersey vacationers.