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.
Venice Beach, California
"Venice Beach isn't literally a boardwalk, but it's a pretty happening walkway," Lilliefors explains. Not too far from the Santa Monica Pier, most Californians prefer Venice boardwalk for the liveliness, sites, sounds, and incredible food from Sausage Kingdom and Schulzies. Watch a dance performance, join a pick up basketball game, or simply hang out and people watch. Locals like to use the boardwalk for their morning jog, making Venice a great place to meet California girls.
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