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Atlantic City Boardwalk free

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  • Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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The Boardwalk isn't named after its wooden planks. Its namesake actually comes from its inventor, Alexander Boardman, who developed the walkway in the 1870s. Since then it's remained a hotspot. Four miles long, the AC Boardwalk runs along the shoreline and is lined with shops, bars, restaurants and amusement park-style games. The popular Steel and Central piers (and their carnival rides) branch off the main stretch.

For some adult visitors, the AC Boardwalk offers a sense of nostalgia of youthful days perusing through the souvenir shops and venturing to Coney Island. One TripAdvisor user says, "It takes me back to when I was a kid and mom would take us to Coney Island. The board walk will always hold a certain appeal."

You could walk the promenade, but many choose to catch a rolling chair to get around (maybe hitting up a few of the city's storefronts for some homegrown taffy along the way). The Boardwalk is free to roam any time of day; however, strollers should watch their pockets and never travel alone.

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