Travel Channel Names Atlantic City ‘Best Beach Boardwalk’ in World

by Dan McQuade | March 5, 2014 9:00 am


When I first heard that the Travel Channel had said Atlantic City’s was the best beach boardwalk[1], I was a little confused. I figured I’d misread the category: Was it actually Best Beach Boardwalk Mentioned in a Bruce Springsteen Song? Because Atlantic City’s boardwalk certainly puts Asbury Park’s to shame.

But, no, it’s Best Beach Boardwalk in general — and since the list contains beaches from places like Fiji, it’s actually naming the Atlantic City boardwalk the best beach boardwalk in the world. Take that, boardwalks that I don’t know exist in, say South American and East Asian cities!

My winner for this category would be Wildwood, of course. But the more I think about it, the more I think there’s a case for Atlantic City. Here’s what the AC boardwalk has:

While childhood nostalgia and summer column fodder[6] keep the Wildwood boardwalk firmly planted No. 1 in my heart, I unabashedly love Atlantic City. Look at all the things the boardwalk has! Not many other places have that much to do a short drive or $10 train ride from Philly. Or maybe they do: But none of them run parallel to the ocean.

Look, the Travel Channel piece is silly. Unless you consider boxing champ Bernard Hopkins a top-entertainer or have a time machine, I don’t think you can “see some of the world’s top entertainers perform at Boardwalk Hall.” (Update: I was wrong, the big acts still play Boardwalk Hall[7]! Apologies for the error.) Salt-water taffy disgusting. (Go for fudge instead.) But I’d be willing to say the Atlantic City boardwalk is better than you think, which might as well be World’s Best Beach Boardwalk.

Take a bow, AC. You’ve earned it, I guess.

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  1. the Travel Channel had said Atlantic City’s was the best beach boardwalk:
  2. just like Wildwood:
  3. colony of cats:
  4. The Best 99 cent store ever:
  5. Rolling chairs:
  6. summer column fodder:
  7. the big acts still play Boardwalk Hall:
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