From the fried food, to the crazy rides, kids games, and a gorgeous beach, a great boardwalk has something for everyone. “They appeal to different people for different reasons," explains James Lilliefors, author of America's Boardwalks: From Coney Island to California. "A great boardwalk is one that is nostalgic, but keeps its nostalgia current." These wooden walkways are an important part of Americana that dates all the way to 1870 in Atlantic City, when hotels didn't want sand spilling into their lobbies. But nearly 150 years later, they’re still the perfect spot for summer, whether you're on a trip with the kids or looking to have a good time with your friends. We asked Lilliefors to take us on a tour of the top ten boardwalks in America.
Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
Whether you're hitting the beach, playing some games, checking out the Aquarium, or riding the Cyclone, New Yorkers love a summer weekend at Coney Island. There's nothing more iconic. The Brooklyn boardwalk has been around since the 19th century, and still serves up hotdogs at Nathan's Famous and clams and Ruby's Bar & Grill. Grab your bike and get going.
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