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View Poll Results: Best US Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 14 23.73%
Coney Island, NY 9 15.25%
Disney Boardwalk, FL 5 8.47%
Ocean City, MD 4 6.78%
Ocean City, NJ 1 1.69%
Rehoboth Beach, DE 0 0%
Seaside Heights, NJ 2 3.39%
Virginia Beach, VA 2 3.39%
Wildwood, NJ 11 18.64%
Other (Please Specify) 11 18.64%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-17-2010, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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I don't know so I was asking. lol.

Why wouldn't you swim in it?

I realize that the Atlantic is quite a bit warmer than the Pacific, but Santa Cruz beaches are the most tolerable north of Southern California. It is absolutely gorgeous (abundance of beatiful women), and fits the stereotypical California beach scene. The Atlantic Ocean is great, I just can't picture anything in the Northeast as being great swimming beaches. I know there are, but my mind has trouble comprehending this for some odd reason or another lol.
Really, Santa Cruz must be very popular, the name rings bells (sounds familiar) and I've never even seen it.

I know lol, I think Coney Island used to be filthy but I don't think it's like that anymore. Coney Island is usually crowded and I have the feeling that I'd come out the water with 2646378 needles stuck in me, I've never been to an NYC beach. It's more paranoia plus Long Island & Jersey beaches (and even Queens) are better.

I know it sounds a bit weird that the Northeast (mainly the Mid-Atlantic) has nice beaches since it's like the same latitude as NorCal north of SF yet has water temps similar to (and warmer than) San Diego. I never knew people really swam at the beach, on Long island I went maybe 10 feet from the sand and a wave flipped me on my neck lol, I think that was due to a Hurricane in the Atlantic causing higher than normal waves.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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East Coast bias much?

How is the swimming up in the Northeast? I have never swam in the Atlantic further north than North Carolina. I am especially curious about the swimming in the Ocean at Coney Island. Something tells me that not too many people swim there? Is the water filthy?

I am not sure about the actual boardwalks and rides, because I haven't been to any of the listed, but I have been to Santa Cruz and it is great! I think it is safe to say that Santa Cruz has a much better beach, swimming, and surfing than any of the others.
I'm from New Jersey and don't think I've ever seen trash in the ocean in my entire life, and I practically grew up at the beach for the amount of time I've spent there during the on and off season. As for Coney Island, the only reason I would be peeved out by the water, is because of how close it is to NY Harbor. The water here is warms up pretty well in the summer, although there's usually better surfing in the colder months (if I remember correctly).

Personally, it was a very tough decision, and I think I voted wrong. For me, it was between Atlantic City, Ocean City (NJ), and Wildwood.

Atlantic City; the original boardwalk with casinos, shopping, great food, and many unique attractions
Ocean City; the boardwalk I grew up going to all the time, it's the cleanest of the ones I like, MACK AND MACOS!, and holds the most memories, it also has an AMAZING view of Atlantic City at night
Wildwood; the one I voted for, technically is a better boardwalk than Ocean City, but it's also much more crowded as a result of this and I don't like that. Also, I like the look of the new boards (which if I remember correctly, were highly controversial because of the type of wood they used).

Coney Island is also great mention, I didn't vote for it because I consider it more of a seaside amusement park than a boardwalk. It seems that it's more about the rides and the amusements than the boardwalk itself.

On the issue of whether or not it's a boardwalk, if there aren't boards it's not a boardwalk. Sea Isle City for example has a lovely promenade. It is an asphalt strip that has several shop along it. If it were made of boards (be they wood or otherwise) then it would be a board walk. It is still a great place to walk, at least in my opinion.

As for Seaside Hights. I'm embarrassed that it's in my state and would like to make it clear that what is shown on that show is NOT the usual scene at the shore nor any part of NJ that I have ever been to or heard of.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:57 PM
 
Location: 757, VA
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Atlantic City, NJ.

I think the OP meant "Best Boardwalk (Eastcoast City) in US".
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:16 PM
 
Location: The City
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Atlantic City, NJ.

I think the OP meant "Best Boardwalk (Eastcoast City) in US".

I actually didnt realize that the West coast actually had boardwalks. i ahve been to Santa monice, it has a nice pier but no boardwalk. Venice beach is not a boardwalk. The Santa Cruz pictures look nice, but seems like it would be an average boardwalk in Jersey alone.

I actually went off of what i know but would be curious if someone who has spent time at some of the west coast boardwalks could compare.

For what it is worth i voted for Wildwood but it is really childhood memories that are hard to beat. I forgot that wildwood has more rides than disneyland and 10 million visitors a year, interesting fact. Watch the tram car please

And on the Mack and Manco (OC NJ)- Somehow that pizza just makes the world right

Atlantic City is the original and largest in the world but to me went so far down and is only getting slightly better outside of the area right by the Casinos. But just past where it ends (Margate or Ventnor) their litterally is a giant Elephant named Lucy!


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Old 06-17-2010, 10:19 PM
 
Location: The City
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Wildwood




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Old 06-17-2010, 10:29 PM
 
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Some top 10 Lists of boardwalks:

Sherman travel:
Top 10 American Boardwalks | ShermansTravel.com (http://www.shermanstravel.com/top_tens/American_Boardwalks - broken link)

<LI sizset="109" sizcache="12">1. Atlantic City <LI sizset="110" sizcache="12">2. Coney Island <LI sizset="111" sizcache="12">3. Kemah <LI sizset="112" sizcache="12">4. Mission Beach <LI sizset="113" sizcache="12">5. Ocean City, MD <LI sizset="114" sizcache="12">6. Rehoboth Beach <LI sizset="115" sizcache="12">7. Santa Cruz <LI sizset="116" sizcache="12">8. Venice Beach <LI sizset="117" sizcache="12">9. Virginia Beach <LI sizset="118" sizcache="12">10. Wildwoods

Weather Channel
Top 10 American Boardwalks -- weather.com

The Top Ten
Top Ten Top Ten - The Top Ten American Boardwalks


Another list - Says America but they are mostly East Coast

Best Beach Boardwalks in the United States -- Americas Best Online
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: The City
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East Coast bias much?

How is the swimming up in the Northeast? I have never swam in the Atlantic further north than North Carolina. I am especially curious about the swimming in the Ocean at Coney Island. Something tells me that not too many people swim there? Is the water filthy?

I am not sure about the actual boardwalks and rides, because I haven't been to any of the listed, but I have been to Santa Cruz and it is great! I think it is safe to say that Santa Cruz has a much better beach, swimming, and surfing than any of the others.

Well it is the most important region in the US


On the Jersey shore, it actually has some great beaches and for 4-5 months out of the year some great swimming and unfortunatlely some of the most crowded beaches in the country.





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Old 06-19-2010, 02:31 AM
 
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What's up with the Northeasterness? What about FL and Cali?
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:31 AM
 
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How could you make this poll and not mention Santa Cruz?

It is one of the premier boardwalks in the country.

Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, it is the classic. No other boardwalk can compare.
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Old 06-19-2010, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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When I think of a boardwalk, this comes to mind. It's in Southern Maryland. Awesome.



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