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.
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Lobster is less expensive than chicken in Maine this year due to a bountiful harvest, so if you're looking for an excuse to get over to New England this summer, that's your ticket. If lobster isn't your style, you can try the delicious Maine steamer, or 24 different flavors of saltwater taffy. Home of Palace Playground, the beachfront amusement park, Old Orchard is the perfect place to get away.
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