Do you enjoy meandering down a good old fashioned American boardwalk on a warm sunny day? If so, you’ll love these five famous piers and boardwalks.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City, New Jersey, may be best known as a haven for gambling and shopping, but it also home to a historic boardwalk that always provides visitors a great time. It was built early in the 19th century to help prevent sand from blowing into the area’s luxurious hotels, but now the Atlantic City Boardwalk has become a must-see destination of its own.

The Steel Pier offers a fun-filled amusement park, while its sister, Garden Pier, is a popular area for inspiring artists. There’s never a shortage of fun things to do and see on either pier.

Navy Pier Chicago

If you’re planning a trip to the Windy City, you simply must take the time to visit Navy Pier on beautiful Lake Michigan. You might not see any Navy sailors, but you will see a spectacular 150-foot-high Ferris wheel. Climb on, sit back, and relax as you enjoy the breathtaking view from the top.

The boardwalk also features an old fashioned carousel, mini-golf, and lots of great places for shopping. Forget fine dining. Instead, save your appetite for a famous all-America’s hot dog with mustard, ketchup, relish, onions, peppers, and pickles, topped with celery salt.

Ocean City Boardwalk

The stunning beach in Ocean City, New Jersey, isn’t the only thing that beckons tourists from around the world. The boardwalk offers spectacular views of the ocean and skyline. It is considered a treasure of the town for good reason. Not only is it relaxing and clean, but there are plenty of fun family-friendly activities to enjoy.

Check out the great hotels in the area so you can take your time to enjoy all that it has to offer. Pack your walking shoes, camera, and a shopping bag, because you’re going to need them.

Venice Beach Boardwalk

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If you enjoy people watching, you simply have to visit Venice Beach Boardwalk. It’s not full of your typical boardwalk folks. Instead you’ll most likely see green haired Mohawks and street performing artists scattered among brilliant colored amusement rides, crazy souvenirs, and unique tasty treats. Officially called Ocean Front Walk, it’s an intriguing mix of punk, boardwalk tradition, and everything nautical.

Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade

South Carolina is jam packed with scenic beauty, and the Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade on Myrtle Beach is a great place to take it all in. It may only be about seven years old, but it gives some of its historic competitors a run for the money. Somehow the boardwalk manages to feel like an old friend, like it’s been around forever.

Every year it warms the hearts of millions of people with its charm, beauty, and friendly atmosphere. It’s best known for the Family Kingdom amusement park offering the gigantic Skywheel, the thrilling Twist n’ Shout roller-coaster, and the heart-racing Slingshot.

There’s something special about strolling along a boardwalk, taking in the special sights, sounds, and smells of the water, crowd, and artisans. Perhaps that’s why the boardwalk has always been a popular theme of so many famous songs and movies.