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.
Kemah is similar to a traditional carnival: There's a Ferris wheel, wooden roller coaster, carousel, rainforest exhibit, speedboat ride, and a stingray-petting tank. And for bachelors, this wooden walkway is filled with an array of southern women. Too much Texas heat? Cool off in the incredible 12-foot-high Dancing Fountains.
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