A Guide to the New England Boardwalk

New England Tour

Nothing says summer like a walk on the boardwalk. There’s a selection of boardwalks here with beautiful views, fine dining, arcade games, and more.

Hampton, NH. Hampton Beach Boardwalk in credit photo

New England summers bring plenty of boardwalk fun.

Some seaside avenues offer shops, restaurants, concerts and carnival rides, while others are simply a getaway in nature.

When we asked Greeley Tribune.com readers to share their favorite local boardwalks, they responded with fond memories and enthusiasm for the following boardwalks and waterside walkways.

“It’s the quintessential New England!” Mark D. of Quincy wrote about the pier at Old Orchard Beach in Maine.

Is your favorite boardwalk missing from this list? Tell us in the comments.

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Boardwalk at Bass Hole (Grey’s Beach) in Yarmouth Port. – Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce

“Beautiful view, cool,” wrote Stephanie., who did not name their hometown.

Bass Hole on the Boardwalk gray beach Yarmouth has an 800-foot boardwalk that stretches over a salt marsh in Cape Cod Bay. Locals go there for a peaceful stroll and watch the sunset. Grey’s Beach, also known as Bass Hole, has walking trails, a picnic area, restrooms, a playground, and tide pools for young beach-goers.

“So much for people of all ages to do,” wrote one anonymous reader. “An arcade, casino, between Shell’s live music and shopping. There’s something for everyone!”

This beachfront strip was once named the best boardwalk in America coastal life magazine. The publication called the 1.3-mile walkway “old-school” and attractive because of the stretch of shops facing the water, the Shell Stage that hosts free, live music, and the Hampton Beach Casino, which has played a classic on the beach since 1899. Arcade games are offered. .Every summer brings annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpture Classic,

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Wharf at Old Orchard Beach, Maine – Shutterstock/John Billaus

“Beautiful views of Maine’s longest beach, quintessential carnival vibe, feels like summer!” Claudia from Greeley Tribune wrote.

named one of The 20 Best Beach Boardwalks in America By Reader’s Digest 2021, Old Orchard Beach has a picturesque pier lined with shops and eateries, and it offers gorgeous views of the Atlantic. Beach-goers can also check out classic amusement rides at the nearby Palace Playland. Originally 1902. made in, There’s also an arcade with over 200 video games, photo booths, and more.

“In prior years, hundreds of thousands of people walked the boulevard,” wrote Winfred M. from Washington, D.C., “fireworks on the Fourth of July. In the evening, both the sidewalk and the street are filled with thousands of residents of Greeley Tribune and New England.”

Revere Beach, America’s first public beach, has three miles of beach and a paved path along the water. There are rollercoasters and dance halls long gone, But, he Revere Beach International Sand-Sculpting Festival A popular annual event, and restaurants with staying power include the iconic Kelly’s Roast Beef, which opened in 1951, and Bianchi’s Pizza, which has been serving the same pizza recipe since 1952.

“The boardwalk was built to embrace nature,” wrote A from Stamford, Conn.

Visitors to Silver Sands State Park on Long Island Sound in Milford can enjoy a 3/4-mile all-weather boardwalk for walking and viewing wildlife. There’s a beach to relax on and, at low tide, adventurers can reach the 14-acre Charles Island. Birders, take note: more than 200 species of birds can be seen here.

“It’s very small, but it has all the classic boardwalk remnants including arcades, sunglasses and T-shirt shops, restaurants, mini golf, ice cream and fried dough,” wrote Carolyn from Manchester, NH “NH Bike Week It is packed during and is a great place to hang out with motorcycles and bikers.”

This Lake Winnipesaukee Boardwalk runs the length of Wears Beach and provides beautiful views of the lake and mountains and easy access to the water. There is a foot bridge with built-in seats where visitors can watch the boats go by and shops, an arcade, and dining at the Winnipesaukee Pier.

Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.

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