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BOARDWALKS & PROMENADES
Miles of Smiles
 BACK IN THE 1950S AND 60S,
families hopped in their station wagons, windows rolled down to beat the heat and headed to the Wildwoods for a two-week vacation down the shore at motels featuring Space Age architecture – and names to match. Days were spent on the beach, evenings strolling the Boardwalk with rides and amusements that would never garner a second look today. Songs played on tiny transistor radios in between baseball games or the news.
Nat King Cole crooned about those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer, the Beach Boys were recording song after song about the California surfing scene and the Drifters released Under the Boardwalk in 1964. Granted, it was about Coney Island but resorts everywhere adopted it as their own anthem. And how about that wacky tune about a yellow polka dot bikini? Years earlier Dick Haymes had recorded On the Boardwalk extolling the attractions of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk.
Some things change, some things stay the same. Isn’t that how life goes these days? Fast forward to 2020 and the ubiquitous tram cars are still rolling along, Morey’s Piers officially starts its second half century of roller coasters, kiddie rides and water parks with state-of- the-art slides and excitement. King Kong
still reigns Surfside Pier, and how about a gourmet breakfast on a Ferris wheel?
Boardwalks have been part of the Jersey Shore for more than a century. The Atlantic City Boardwalk holds the distinction as the first, the oldest and the longest walk dating to 1870. Wildwood and Ocean City quickly followed with boardwalks of their own in the early days of the 20th century.
Sure, the Boardwalk has games of chance, plenty of yummy food choices and take- your-breath-away rides, but it also has artists, showcasing their talents in a shipping container village called the artBOX on Adventure Pier. The artBOX store is a trendy shop with original art, retro beach scenes, home accents and beautiful books for adults and kids.
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