Bored? Hit the Boards!

By:  | July 7, 2024 Features Monmouth County

 

So it’s the heart of the summer, and you are looking to indulge in the kind of seaside fun that can only be had right here at the Jersey Shore? Whether it’s the rides, the slides, the games, the funnel cakes or a simple peaceful trek down the boards to take in the sights, sounds and smells, here’s a list of some of our favorite boardwalks to spend a few hours at (and what you’ll find at each).

Long Branch: Long Branch’s boardwalk and pavilion is built around its centerpiece, Pier Village, a modern, multi-use space housing everything from oceanfront apartments and The Wave hotel to surf shops, pizzerias, bookstores, both casual and high-end dining options and so much more. The recent addition of a mini golf course in Festival Plaza adds a new fun element for 2024.

Asbury Park: Years ago, Asbury Park’s boardwalk was a fairly traditional mix of bumper cars and tilt-a-whirls, all accented by a not-so-typical backdrop which featured the jaw dropping architecture of the Carousel House, Convention Hall and the Casino. While the rides may have been torn down long ago, the rebirth of Asbury Park has brought with it a more grown-up boardwalk, which now features a collection of trendy restaurants and shops alongside classic options like giant pizza slices at Maruca’s and foot-long hot dogs at Mayfair. The Silverball Pinball Museum tips its cap heavily to your favorite arcades of the ’70s and ’80s, while the splash park gives the kiddos a place to run wet and wild on a hot summer day.

Ocean Grove: The boards are not made of actual wood on Ocean Grove’s boardwalk, which makes them both more durable and easier to walk on. Note: the town’s recently constructed pier sustained damage during a recent storm, which has limited access to it temporarily.

Bradley Beach: Mostly boards, save for the occasional food truck or mini golf course, Bradley Beach is very much a local’s town – with a local’s boardwalk. What does that mean? Well, let’s just say you have virtually no chance of bumping into any member of the cast of “Jersey Shore” here, and that is one of the best things about it.

Avon- By-The-Sea: Nothing but gorgeous sand and sea to look at on this short stretch that runs through the length of this short (but beautiful) beach town. A great place to go for a quick and picturesque jog without a ton of crowds in your way.

Belmar: Gorgeous direct views of the ocean that are visible both from the boardwalk and Ocean Avenue thanks to the lack of any dunes on Belmar’s beach. Unlike many boardwalks, the shops, bars and restaurants are mostly located across the street, giving Belmar’s boardwalk a clean and unobstructed vibe, perfect for exercising or just casually moseying down.

Point Pleasant: A magnet for almost anyone who visits the Jersey Shore on vacation, Point Pleasant’s boardwalk checks just about every box there is, with everything from classic midway and kiddie rides to arcades, mini golf courses, iconic bars like Jenk’s and Martell’s Tiki Bar as well as plenty of spots to grab a Kohr’s custard. This is the fabric of childhood memories and even if you have been a thousand times or roll your eyes at the tourists, it’s worth the trip every single time.

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