- For the record label, see Boardwalk Records. for the former Las Vegas hotel, see Boardwalk Hotel and Casino.
is a wooden path
and sometimes vehicles
(often confused with concrete sidewalks). Boardwalks are often found along beaches
, but they are also common as paths through wetlands
, coastal dunes
, and other sensitive environments. Boardwalks along foreshores
are known as foreshoreways
. A boardwalk along a river
is often known as a riverwalk
and a boardwalk along an oceanfront is often known as an oceanway
. Although boardwalks can be found around the world, they are especially common along the East Coast of the United States
in North America
, where they have many of the functions of a city street and are often tourist attractions themselves. An early boardwalk was designed in New Jersey
and opened June 26
, in Atlantic City
This boardwalk is the oldest amusement park
and is the home to two national historic landmarks
— the Looff Carousel
and the Giant Dipper roller coaster
. The boardwalk was opened in 1907.
This 2.5 kilometer boardwalk has a bike path, rollerskaters and skateboard ramps, restaurants, sunglasses, and plenty of tourists. Venice beach is famous for muscle beach, where body builders work out. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
worked out on Muscle Beach
and made Gold's Gym
famous in the 1980s.
This three-mile long boardwalk is at the heart of downtown Ocean City, Maryland. Located at the eastern end of U.S. Route 50
, it supports a dazzling array of entertainment options including two amusement parks, Ripley's Believe it or Not, as well as countless arcades, shops, restaurants, hotels, time-shares, and condominiums.
This boardwalk does not, strictly speaking, lead along the beach. Instead, it begins in a parking lot and leads through the salt marshes and out to the beach. It was destroyed in a powerful storm and was then rebuilt through donations made by the townspeople. In turn, family names were carved into the planks of the boardwalk, and it is still used to this day. The boardwalk crosses a creek, where at high tide, visitors can jump off the bridge into the water.
This boardwalk is largely a tourist attraction. In fact, it is widely used for common shops where it is possible for tourists
to purchase souvenirs
and trinkets to remember their trip.
neighbourhood has a boardwalk along its scenic Lake Ontario
shoreline. It runs 3 kilometres from Ashbridge's Bay in the west to the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant
in the east.
's boardwalk is in the process of revitalization and has recently been connected to the neighboring town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey
The Boardwalk starts at Absecon Inlet and runs along the beach for four miles (six kilometers) to the city limit. An additional one and one half miles (two kilometers) of the Boardwalk extend into Ventnor City
. Casino/hotels front the boardwalk, as well as retail stores, restaurants, and amusements. Several piers extend the boardwalk over the Atlantic Ocean. Garden Pier houses the Atlantic City Historical Museum
and the Atlantic City Art Center
. The four story "Pier at Caesars" entertainment complex opened in July 2006. This boardwalk gained notoriety due to the board game Monopoly
, which was based upon the trading and dealing of real estate
in Atlantic City; in the game, Boardwalk is the most expensive property to purchase and develop, but also yields the greatest rent payoffs to its owner.
Keansburg, New Jersey
is regarded locally as a boardwalk town, with one of America's oldest shoreside amusement parks housing vintage rides dating back to the 1920s, but the amusement area fairway is now asphalt.
The 2.5 mile (4 kilometers) boardwalk in Ocean City
has classic attractions and many newer additions. The 140-foot (42 m) Ferris Wheel can be seen from miles around, with views of Ocean City and the surrounding communities from the top. Other rides include rollercoasters, bumper cars, water rides, and tens of miniature golf courses. Shops sell souvenirs and snacks, such as cotton candy, popcorn, pizza, and ice cream. Other boardwalk activities include enjoying the sunrise with a leisurely walk, a brisk jog, a bike tour, a ride on a surrey cart, or a meal at one of the many ocean front cafes.
This 1-mile long promenade is full of game stands, pizzerias, souvenir shops, beach gear stores, arcades and ice cream parlors drawing families, teenages and adults alike. The Seaside Heights
boardwalk is bookended by two 300-foot long piers
that feature amusement rides, carousels, log flumes, roller coasters, Ferris wheels and more. One of these piers is the world-famous Casino Pier
, home to a 1913 circa merry-go-round, the Niagara Falls log flume and the Jet Star roller coaster. The other is the Funtown Amusement Pier
home to the Tower of Fear, Seaside's tallest Ferris wheel
and a go-kart track. Across from Casino Pier
is the redeveloped Jenkinson's Breakwater Beach
waterpark (formerly WaterWorks). Many of the businesses are still family-owned and operated and have been almost as long as the boardwalk has been around.
About seven miles from Seaside Heights
, the Point Pleasant Beach
boardwalk (frequently known as Jenkinson's Boardwalk) is similar to the boardwalk found in Seaside Heights
, but is a bit more subdued. The promenade extends from the Manasquan Inlet
in the northern end of the borough to the border with Bay Head
in the south. Right in the middle is the Jenkinson's Amusements/Jenkinson's Boardwalk area brimming with rides, games, carnival food, miniature golf, fun houses, souvenir shops, and Jenkinson's Aquarium.
The 2 mile (3 kilometer) long boardwalk has a total of five amusement piers plus a myriad of other carnival games, souvenir shops, food stands, waterparks, and world-class roller coasters. The Boardwalk started out as a mere 150 feet (45 m). It has actually been moved closer to the ocean twice. Today, the boardwalk stretches from 16th Ave in North Wildwood
to Cresse Ave in Wildwood Crest
. The Wildwood Boardwalk is said to have more rides than Disneyland. Kiddie rides include a convoy of airplanes, trucks, dune buggies, boats, and trains. Flying elephants, teacups, bouncing giraffes, mini-Ferris wheels, and a traditional carousel round out the mix. The Boardwalk pier's boast two waterparks and no less than 4 major roller coasters.
Riegelmann Boardwalk, located along the southern shore of Brooklyn along the Atlantic Ocean, Coney Island is known for the amusement parks along the boardwalk. Many of its most famous parks no longer exist, but the boardwalk still hosts the Cyclone roller coaster and the Wonder Wheel Ferris wheel, as well as the New York Aquarium. A recent addition to the boardwalk is KeySpan Park, home of the minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team.
The F.D.R. Boardwalk along South Beach is two and one-half miles long, which is the fourth largest in the world. Visitors enjoy strolling and bicycling throughout the year. From October to May, fishing is also permitted.
The Kemah Boardwalk
is a hotel and restaurant destination in Kemah, Texas, USA, which also features a small selection of amusement rides. The main attractions of the 35-acre complex, which opened in 2001, are its many restaurants overlooking Galveston Bay
, recreational sailing, and rides. The area was developed by Landry's
, which owns all of the restaurants on the boardwalk. Activities include shopping and midway games, as well as a miniature train that traverses the entire area. Additional attractions include a 36-foot carousel a 65-foot Ferris wheel and a new wooden roller coaster.
Since the closing of Six Flags Astroworld in nearby Houston, this is now the nearest recreational and entertainment park in the Houston area.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
's 3-mile boardwalk features restaurants, entertainment, and many sporting events.
Gold Coast Oceanway
Gold Coast, Queensland Australia has a 36km foreshoreway stretching from the Gold Coast Seaway to Point Danger on the Queensland and New South Wales state border known as the Gold Coast Oceanway. The Oceanway has become so popular that extensions are gradually emerging in the neighbouring Tweed Shire. The Logo depicts a family group of pedestrians and a cyclist enjoying a sustainable and healthy journey past green dunes along golden beaches.
- Eskimo villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska — Today, 10 foot (3 m) wide heavy-duty boardwalks are common in villages throughout this part of Bush Alaska. Tuntutuliak was the first village to receive them in the mid 1990s by way of a government funded program to determine whether they would be a worthwhile investment elsewhere. Before the existence of these boardwalks, a much narrower, lower, and less extensive system of boards and boardwalks served delta villages.