Bikinis & Boardwalks: Gangsters & Alligators

Get wet and wild at 2 amazing summer hot spots: the beach boardwalks in Atlantic City, NJ, and Hollywood Beach, FL.

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San Diego
San Diego

San Diego

Board sports are a way of life in San Diego, and paddleboarding is just one of the many ways Mission Beach locals hit the waves. 960 1280

  

San Diego

San Diego

The boardwalk dates back to 1925, when millionaire developer John D. Spreckels founded Mission Beach. His dream was to build a beachside playground, so he started with an amusement park, now called Belmont Park. 960 1280

  

San Diego

San Diego

Just 16 miles from the Mexican border, San Diego is the southernmost metropolitan city in California. It’s got great weather, waves and babes all year long. 960 1280

  

Mission Beach’s Wave House

Mission Beach’s Wave House

The manmade monsters at Mission Beach’s Wave House are created with the help of the FlowBarrel -- the mother of all wave machines, it’s one of only 5 in the world. 960 1280

  

San Diego

San Diego

Hot fun in the summer sun never ends in San Diego -- it’s the coolest surfer’s paradise in the US. 960 1280

  

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego’s wooden boardwalk connects Mission Beach with Pacific Beach to the north. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

One 5-hour flight to the East Coast is another simmering locale … the action sport mecca of Ocean City, MD. In the summertime, warm Atlantic currents transform this hotspot into the ultimate thrill fest. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD, or “OCMD” for short, sits between the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, and the boardwalk here is a thriving 2-and-a-half mile adventure-seekers’ paradise. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

Fisher's Popcorn is an Ocean City, MD, staple. They have been filling the boardwalk air with the scent of hot, buttery, caramel-covered popcorn since 1937. 960 1280

  

Ocean City’s Splash Mountain Waterpark

Ocean City’s Splash Mountain Waterpark

The Aqualoop at Ocean City’s Splash Mountain Waterpark is a near-vertical water-fueled drop that morphs into an incline loop. It’s one of only 3 of its kind in the US. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

It’s hard to miss Ocean Gallery on the Ocean City, MD, boardwalk. Visitors from all over stop by to peruse its unique works of art. 960 1280

  

Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, MD

No trip to the boardwalk is complete without an ice cream cone, so step back in time at one of Dumser's Dairyland’s 3 boardwalk locations in Ocean City, MD -- serving delicious treats since 1939. 960 1280

  

Rehoboth Beach, DE
Rehoboth Beach, DE

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Every summer, the population of Rehoboth, DE, explodes to 25 times its normal size. The additional thousands of beachcombers swarming the shores are metropolitans and politicos from Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, escaping their daily grind. 960 1280

  

Rehoboth’s Funland

Rehoboth’s Funland

The Paratrooper is just one of the many rides you’ll find at Rehoboth’s Funland, which has been in operation since 1962. 960 1280

  

The Rehoboth lifeguard patrol

The Rehoboth lifeguard patrol

The Rehoboth lifeguard patrol has been saving the day since 1921. In 2011 alone, this 55-member team was responsible for over 400 rescues. 960 1280

  

Dolle’s Candyland

Dolle’s Candyland

The salt water taffy at Dolle’s Candyland has made this confectioner a Rehoboth Beach staple since 1926. 960 1280

  

Venice Beach’s promenade

Venice Beach’s promenade

Venice Beach’s promenade, which dates back to 1905, is called an ocean walk, since it’s made of concrete as opposed to wooden planks. 960 1280

  

Venice Beach, CA

Venice Beach, CA

Venice Beach’s local artistic community is joined by the 16 million tourists that find inspiration in this vibrant bohemian paradise every year. 960 1280

  

Arbor Skate Shop

Arbor Skate Shop

Venice has been known to locals as “Dogtown” since the 1970s, when a group of young surfers -- or “Z-Boys” as they were known -- revolutionized the sport of skateboarding. Arbor Skate Shop has been handcrafting environmentally sustainable, high-performance surf, skate and snowboards since 1995. 960 1280

  

Venice, CA

Venice, CA

A creative visionary named Abott Kinney dreamed of building the Venice, Italy, of America. He wanted to make sure his oceanfront oasis was more magnificent than any other, so he connected the promenade to an intricate system of canals, which are lined with multi-million-dollar homes. 960 1280

  

Venice Ale House

Venice Ale House

The outdoor patio at the Venice Ale House is the perfect spot for taking in the crazy circus of artists, street performers and vendors who turn the ocean walk into a living theatre. 960 1280

  

Venice Ale House

Venice Ale House

At the Venice Ale House, their sampler of drinks is served on a modified longboard and is called a “skate.” 960 1280

  

Venice Beach’s Sidewalk Café

Venice Beach’s Sidewalk Café

Venice Beach’s Sidewalk Café is another great spot for people-watching along the ocean walk. And with its fresh food and live music, it’s been a Venice landmark for 25 years. 960 1280

  

Coney Island
Coney Island

Coney Island

Coney Island is the birthplace of the world’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway that opened here in 1884. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

The original visual pleasures of New York City were old-school Vaudevillian shows, and this is a tradition that Coney Island continues with its circus sideshow acts. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

The Brooklyn Flyer at Coney Island is just one of the many stomach-churning rides on this famous island that’s not really an island ... it’s a peninsula! 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

Located in the borough of Brooklyn, just an hour from Times Square, Coney Island is the Big Apple’s beach, with the most famous boardwalk in the country. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

Coney Island’s history goes back nearly 2 centuries when the first resort opened in 1829. It was a destination by horse and buggy, train or trolley car and an escape from the city squalor. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

Three hours away from Coney Island is another hot spot with a uniquely wild attitude. Welcome to the Wildwood, NJ, boardwalk … a destination with lots of swagger. 960 1280

  

Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, NJ

For generations, Wildwood has held claim to the tallest, fastest and scariest rides around. 960 1280

  

Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, NJ

Today, Wildwood’s boardwalk is nearly 2 miles long, and there’s no better way to start a day at Wildwood than with an epic, heart-pounding ride. 960 1280

  

Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood, NJ

Right on the southernmost tip of the New Jersey shore, just around the corner from Cape May, Wildwood is New Jersey’s top-rated beach. You can tan, splash, or scream at this ultimate summer playground. 960 1280

  

Coney Island

Coney Island

Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel was built in 1920, and it’s still rocking and rolling today. It’s one of the only Ferris wheels in the world with cars that slide from side to side as the wheel turns. 960 1280

  

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