Welcome to the second day of Beach Week. Today we are going to take a trip to one of the treasures of the Jersey shore, the boardwalk.
One of the most popular things to do in the evening is to take a stroll down the boardwalk. For many who stay in vacation rentals, this is when friends and family can enjoy the cool evening breeze, food, and family fun and games.
So, we thought it would be fun to bring you along for our trip using pictures and descriptions. We hope that if you are not in a position to actually take a walk on a boardwalk or promenade, this will help you take that walk in your mind.
Welcome to the Boardwalk! We have just parked the car and walked half a block toward the ocean. We enter the boardwalk from the 12th street ramp. There is a souvenir shop on our right (facing south) and a popular pizza shop called Manco and Manco on our left (facing north). There is a light breeze and the refreshing smell of the salt air reaches us. It is a sunny day with a beautiful blue sky and seagulls flying overhead.
To get a look at the ocean, we cross to the far side of the boardwalk. There are new dunes with sea grass planted and walkways that have been put in place as a result of Hurricane Sandy. We can see seagulls perching on the railings and parents playing on the beach with their children.
There are bicycles leaning up against the railing.
We see people coming up from the beach with their belongings after a day at the beach. Since it is a bit early for the evening crowds, we can take our time to stroll along and “people watch”.
As we head north on the boardwalk, the street lights, benches, and the ocean are to our right, while shops and attractions are to our left.
As we stroll down the boards, there is the Boardwalk Mall, a Dog Shack and food vendors offering ice cream, waffles and the ever popular Crabfries. Two popular mini golf courses called Congo Falls and Pirates of the Golden Galleon are bustling with crowds.
We approach a one of a kind antique shop on the boardwalk called “Only Yesterday” and stop to look in the window.
As we are approaching 11th Street, we see a little kid drop some fries on the boards. The seagulls flying above are all too happy to swoop down and collect the discarded fries as they call to others about the find.
The evening crowds are starting to arrive. The smell of fries, pizza and popcorn compete with the salt air. Window shopping is always popular at Mia’s Christmas Gallery, a popular store that offers holiday ornaments and decorations. Ahead of us, a father and son have just finished playing some arcade games at Castaway Cove. The son is busy negotiating for some ice cream at the Dairy Queen right next door. The little boy wins!
Now that sunset is getting closer, the air has cooled slightly and there is a gentle breeze.
As we approach 9th Street, the Music Pier is on our right. There are two guitarists off to the side playing some music to a small crowd that has stopped to listen. They have a great sound and beat. In front of the pier are signs posted with the summer events and a photo stop for fun family memories. Across the way, there are two families looking at the list of movies playing at the Strand Movie Theatre deciding which movie they want to see.
Now the scent of fudge and taffy is starting to lure us. As we get closer, Mr. Taffy greets us at the door to Shrivers. He is always ready to pose for a camera! We can’t resist and head on into Shrivers to see what they have to offer.
At the back of Shrivers store, there are windows that are open to the manufacturing facility. You can see some of the equipment and they have boards posted about how they make the salt water taffy.
Walking around in Shrivers is fascinating. Fudge, taffy of all flavors, souvenirs, and old fashion candy is everywhere. Lines move quickly as everyone stocks up on gifts and treats.
Continuing north, there is the Fudge Kitchen which is also a popular shop. It is one of our favorites because their fudge is made right on premises. Theresa is happy that it is naturally gluten-free. As we are walking by, we see one of the fudge makers making a batch of fudge in the window.
One of the arcades challenges the skills of guests of all ages.
We pass by the famous Johnson’s Popcorn. The line is forming to purchase their buckets. The smell of sweet Carmel popcorn is everywhere! This is another classic Jersey shore treat. And for those who prefer something with a tang, there is always the pork roll and curly fries.
Some other treats you will see up and down the boardwalk.
Now we are approaching the northern end of the boardwalk. The last big attraction is known as Gillian’s Wonderland. This is the epitome of fun for the kids and families. You can hear kids laughing, parents talking, music playing, crowds having a great time and the rides with their bells, sirens, chirps and rings.
Even though the boardwalk continues North, the attractions have come to an end, we turn around to head back in the direction from which we came. You can hear the crash of the waves from the ocean. Seagulls are crying overhead, the beaches have emptied and the crowds continue to build.
Heading southbound on the boards.
We walk out onto the beach and take a look at the boardwalk from there. The sun is going down and the horizon is starting to change colors. The neon lights start to become prominent. It has been a wonderful walk.
We hope you enjoyed our trip to the Boardwalk. We certainly did! Join Theresa tomorrow for a day at the beach.
Until then …. Enjoy,
Theresa & Jen