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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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

  

Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA, is located just 75 miles down Route 101, south of San Francisco. The golden coast of California and the spirit of Polynesia meet at this seaside summer paradise. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz is the summertime fun zone that combines Hawaiian good times and California coastal pleasures. They’ve got Hawaiian canoe racing, snacks like chocolate-covered bacon and French-fried artichokes and a Polynesian Island Heritage Festival. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz’s annual Polynesian Festival

Santa Cruz’s annual Polynesian Festival

At Santa Cruz’s annual Polynesian Festival, the main attraction is the outrigger races. Outrigger boats are elongated 9-man canoes controlled by paddles and a Hawaiian tradition that dates back centuries. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

The first recorded instance of surfing in the US was off the shores of Santa Cruz in 1885, when 3 Hawaiian princes decided to hang ten. Today, riding waves is still a favorite pastime in the waters of Santa Cruz. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Riders fly high above the Santa Cruz Boardwalk on the Sea Swings. 960 1280

  

Santa Cruz’s Looff Carousel

Santa Cruz’s Looff Carousel

Santa Cruz’s Looff Carousel was built in 1911 by the Looff family, one of the early manufacturers of carousels. Only 5 other intact Looff carousels remain in the US, and this one was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. 960 1280

  

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach is located just south of the oyster-filled waters of the Chesapeake Bay. A 3-mile boardwalk borders what the Guinness Book of Records calls “The World’s Largest Pleasure Beach.” 960 1280

  

Virginia Beach’s boardwalk

Virginia Beach’s boardwalk

Every year more than 5.5 million summertime party people swarm Virginia Beach’s boardwalk. Virginia’s social elite first put the boardwalk on the map in the late 1800s, when they came to enjoy its first luxury hotel. 960 1280

  

Virginia Beach’s Ocean Breeze Water Park

Virginia Beach’s Ocean Breeze Water Park

In addition to the wave pool, slides and lazy river, Virginia Beach’s Ocean Breeze Water Park offers shaded cabanas for relaxing like a VIP. 960 1280

  

Rudee Inlet

Rudee Inlet

Just off the boardwalk in Rudee Inlet, strength, balance and flexibility are all honed and challenged with paddleboard yoga. 960 1280

  

Virginia Beach’s amusement park

Virginia Beach’s amusement park

Don’t miss the rides at Virginia Beach’s oceanfront amusement park! 960 1280

  


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