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 Turn back the clock to the 1950s when the sounds of rock and roll reverberated up and down Pacific Avenue in Wildwood and head to the Wildwoods Convention Center on the Boardwalk in October for a weekend of dancing, music and a concert featuring those names from the glory days of American Bandstand – Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors, Bobby Rydell, the Shirelles and others.
Diving horses and human cannonballs were all the rage when Steel Pier opened in 1898, attractions long gone. Today, the pier has added 20 rides and an amazing Observation Wheel – 227 feet high with 40 gondolas.
Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City has been an entertainment center since it opened in 1929, a popular venue for top- name entertainment. Don’t forget Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum – and gawk at 400 unusual and amazing exhibits. Atlantic City’s rolling chairs, a Boardwalk fixture, can get you from place to place along the wooden way in no time.
Ocean City’s Boardwalk is more than two miles of family fun. Lined with shops and eateries, the biggest attractions on the walk are the amusement piers – Gillian’s Wonderland Pier at 6th Street and Playland Castaway Cove at 10th Street – with excitement ranging from delightful boat rides for little ones to zipping, twisting roller coasters for the more adventurous. Wonderland Pier is a pay-as- you-go park that allows you to ride as many or as few amusements as you want. Wonderland Pier is divided into four sections: Inside rides, Lower Deck rides, Midway Deck rides and Gillian’s Fun Deck.
The Boardwalk is a happening place from early morning with bicyclists, runners and walkers enjoying the fresh ocean air to the
afternoon when people linger over lunch or spend time at the waterpark. By evening the Boardwalk is the prime destination for families as the lights come on and the sounds of laughter and delight fill the night air. The Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace is the home of the Ocean City Pops and a venue for musical, artistic and community events throughout the year.
While Southern New Jersey’s vacationers flock to the region’s major Boardwalks, other resorts attract plenty of attention as well.
Sea Isle City’s Promenade runs along the beach from 29th to 57th streets perfect for a morning walk or bike ride. Check out the summer concerts at the Pavilion or visit the many shops and eateries along the Promenade. Take a deep breath and smell the fresh salt air mingled with the smell of
popcorn and pizza. It’s a summer Boardwalk experience that is relaxing, not overly crowded or hectic, as you walk along the Promenade just enjoying the ocean, the shops, and the ambiance of the resort.
Cape May’s wooden boardwalk was destroyed in the Storm of 1962, now only a memory for many visitors to this Victorian resort. It was rebuilt as a promenade, a paved surface that stretches about two miles along the beachfront with Convention Hall as the centerpiece, hosting concerts, movies on the beach, craft shows and even a pancake breakfast. The Promenade provides easy beach access and is the perfect spot to enjoy all the activities along Beach Avenue that runs parallel to the Promenade.
So, there you have it. A bit of art, some Boardwalk history and a whole lot of fun – just remember “to watch the tram car, please.” G
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