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Boardwalks & Promenades:

So much more than rides, food and excitement       

OK, so you’re headed to Boardwalk – doesn’t much matter if it’s Wildwood, Ocean City or Atlantic City –  ready for exciting rides, unbelievable sights, mouthwatering smells…. and shopping.   

Shopping?  Absolutely! And we’re talking upscale places that offer more than t-shirts, coffee mugs and stuffed animals.

A piece of jewelry for someone special – and that someone special could be you.  Henry’s on the Ocean City Boardwalk has been there over 40 years appealing to everyone who loves the resort with the popular OC bracelet plus other beautiful pieces.

Atlantic City, of course, has the highest of the high end places with Apple, Tiffany, Victoria’s Secret and others. The Playground houses trendy shops featuring clothing and jewelry designers from around the world – and local art and handmade items.

Head for the brightly painted shipping container colony on the Wildwood Boardwalk at Adventure Pier and enjoy the coolest shopping anywhere – guaranteed.

The centerpiece of artBOX is the artBOX Store, packed with original art, wooden prints of classic Wildwoods postcards and retro beach scenes, home accents and beautiful books for adults and kids.  

Stroll through the galleries in the various containers and enjoy a fabulous selection of paintings and sculptures done by artists who specialize in glass blowing, plus urban, nautical and seascapes.   

Pete Smith’s Surf Shop is a Cape May institution selling beach necessities or something beachy, but special,  to wear to a concert next door at Convention Hall.

Ok, so enough about shopping.  Time to head back to the Wildwood Boardwalk, grab a slice of pizza and ponder which pier and which rides from the largest concentration of amusement attractions in the country.

In case you missed it last summer, King Kong is back on Morey’s Surfside Pier in North Wildwood.  One of the first original rides on the pier back in the 1970s, the updated version features some new twists:  flying biplanes that navigate around a giant lighthouse, climbed by a massive King Kong wearing an “I Love WW” T-shirt and clutching one of Wildwood’s iconic tram cars.  

Morey’s Piers operates three amusement piers on the Boardwalk, each with a roller coaster or two, kiddie rides and other exciting amusements and attractions, plus three water parks with state-of-the-art slides and rides. Tram cars – and the familiar sing-song sound of “watch the tram car, please,” traverse the 38 blocks between Cresse Avenue and North Wildwood, a stretch of Boardwalk lined with shops, discount stores, pizza places and arcades.   

   The Wildwoods Convention Center on the Boardwalk hosts craft shows, sports cards/comic book expos, clothing warehouse sales and more. Some of the country’s biggest names in entertainment appear at the hall which can seat 7,000 spectators.

In Ocean City, the Boardwalk is miles of family fun with amusement piers, shops and eateries. The Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace is the home of the Ocean City Pops and the venue for musical, artistic and community events throughout the year.  

Cyclists, runners and walkers enjoy the fresh ocean air from early morning to the afternoon when people linger over lunch or spend time at the waterpark.  By evening the Boardwalk is the prime destination for families as the lights come on and the sounds of laughter and delight fill the night air.  

In the 1970s, the Atlantic City Boardwalk played an important role in the renaissance of the resort with casinos and hotels, shopping mall, restaurants and new attractions. Boardwalk Hall, an entertainment center since opening in 1929, was home to the Miss America Pageant for decades and, after a brief hiatus, the pageant returned to Atlantic City and Boardwalk Hall in 2013.  The Hall is also a popular venue for top-name entertainment.    

 The Steel Pier offers exciting amusement rides or stop by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum to gawk at 400 unusual and amazing exhibits. The famous rolling chairs are still an attraction – and a great way to get around – from one place to the next.

While Southern New Jersey’s vacationers flock to the region’s major Boardwalks, there are smaller Boardwalks in other resort towns. Sea Isle City’s Promenade runs along the beach and is a fun place for families day and night with amusement rides, leisurely strolls, concerts, special events, shopping and biking.

Cape May’s Convention Hall is the centerpiece of the resort’s beachfront Promenade, and hosts a variety of entertainment events year round.  The Promenade, just steps away from the famous restaurants and great attractions in America’s First Seaside Resort, provides easy beach access and the perfect spot to enjoy the Great Cape May Footrace, the Independence Day Parade, a Mutt Strut and more along Beach Avenue that runs parallel to the Promenade.

So go ahead. Indulge yourself and enjoy your fries, pizza, ice cream, cheese steak or hot dog – they all taste better on the Boardwalk or the promenade.   

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