No boardwalk brings back the great memories of childhood, summer and
good times better than those of the New Jersey beaches. The Jersey Shore
is justly proud to be the home of two, count 'em, two, that were just
named best in the nation! If you have been going to the Shore for most
of your life, you will know which ones won this great honor, and if you
haven't, now is the time to see for yourself all the fun you can have.
Drum roll, please. If you know the shore, you probably won't be surprised to find out which won the honor of "best in show".
This grand old lady was first constructed in 1870 as a purely practical solution to all of the sand that was being dragged into the lobbies of the fine resort hotels in Atlantic City. It is now a four mile long stretch of shops, rides, arcades, snack bars and, of course, casinos. It can truly be called the grandmother of all the boards, with strollers or jitney riders enjoying the pleasures it offers on all but the coldest of days. And even on a cold January morning, you are still likely to find some die-hards bundled up against the Atlantic air, but enjoying the fresh breeze.
Unlike most beach resorts, Atlantic City is a year round resort, thanks to the casino hotels. When you need a break from gambling, it is really great to get a breath of air the old fashioned way- strolling along these ancient boards. Most strollers will try to end up on the Steel Pier for the best of Atlantic City fun, with rides and more.
And if Hurricane Sandy couldn't slow Atlantic City's Steel Pier down, a little winter weather certainly isn't: The Steel Pier will have a fabulous light
and sound show called "Duality", a nightly outdoor show that will debut on, December 1 at 6 pm, when country artist Clay Aiken will christen the event! There is always plenty to see and do on Atlantic City's Boardwalk.
If you are a youngster, all that hype about the casinos will mean nothing to you, and you will agree with the other AOL choice for the best: Wildwood. The kids love it for the rides, waterslides, roller coasters and all the great junk food. Nostalgia triumphs here in Wildwood as well, however, with the great retro architecture, Doo Wop festivals and more neon than Coney Island. In fact, AOL called it "one of the kitschiest in the country".
Two miles of boards cover every joy a boardwalk lover could crave. Hotdogs, funnel cakes, tons of rides, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster on the east coast, the "Great White" are just a few of the ingredients that kept Wildwood in the top ten. Talk about a walk back in time! You will feel ten years old when you stroll along with a big cotton candy or slide down one of the great waterslides to keep cool.
So even if you are heading to the Jersey Shore for the great beaches, make sure you leave
time to stroll, eat and have a ton of fun on two of the best boardwalks in the U.S.! If you can't make up your mind, you can visit both in the same day, since Wildwood is only an hour south of Atlantic City.
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