Atlantic City Boardwalk

#2 in Best Things To Do in Atlantic City
Atlantic City Boardwalk
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Free

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Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

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 hot spot. Four miles long, the 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 Atlantic City Boardwalk offers a sense of nostalgia of youthful days perusing through the souvenir shops and going on rides. Other travelers said they enjoyed the diverse array of shops and eateries that line the walkway. A handful of visitors warned that some parts of if are looking worn down and that you may encounter homeless people begging for money.

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 homemade taffy along the way). The Boardwalk is free to roam any time of day; however, travelers should watch their pockets and never travel alone.

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