Bikinis & Boardwalks: The One & Only Pictures

From bikinis and baseball in Coney Island, NY, to tans and thrills in Wildwood, NJ, take a tour of these 2 historic boardwalks.

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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

  

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

  

Atlantic City’s Steel Pier
Atlantic City’s Steel Pier

Atlantic City’s Steel Pier

Atlantic City’s Steel Pier, longer than the length of 3 football fields, is packed with adrenaline-fueled rides. 960 1280

  

The Atlantic City boardwalk

The Atlantic City boardwalk

The Atlantic City boardwalk is the largest in the world. Built in 1870, it hit its stride in the Roaring Twenties when notorious political boss and racketeer Nucky Johnson ruled the boardwalk. 960 1280

  

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Located 60 miles east of Philadelphia, Atlantic City is known for its strip of casinos, but this place offers much more for its 30 million annual visitors. 960 1280

  

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s collection of casinos includes Bally's, Caesars and Trump Plaza. 960 1280

  

Trump Taj Mahal

Trump Taj Mahal

This tunnel of games leads to the Trump Taj Mahal, which has one of the largest poker rooms in Atlantic City. 960 1280

  

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

In the 1800s, saltwater taffy became the “first Atlantic City souvenir,” and James Candy still uses the original recipe that made it such a hit back then. 960 1280

  

Surfer girls in Atlantic City

Surfer girls in Atlantic City

After a crash course in the fundamentals, these girls mastered the theory of catching waves and hit the Atlantic City surf, the same shores that rumrunners used to smuggle illegal booze during Prohibition. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Twelve hundred miles south is another locale with the most exotic vibe of all: Hollywood Beach, FL. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach’s Caribbean-like charm makes it a dreamy escape from the spring break hot spots to the north and south. 960 1280

  

Nick’s Bar and Grill

Nick’s Bar and Grill

Happy hour is the perfect time to loosen up at the hottest spot on the boardwalk, or “broadwalk” as the locals call it: Nick’s Bar and Grill. 960 1280

  

The ArtsPark at Young Circle

The ArtsPark at Young Circle

The ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood Beach encompasses 10 acres of parks and promenades, complete with an interactive fountain. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub features bathtubs as art and planters throughout the restaurant, so it’s easy to see where it got its name from. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub

With its tropical vibe, Le Tub makes you feel like you’re eating in the Amazon, just a few blocks off the beach. 960 1280

  

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