The Atlantic City Boardwalk – the first boardwalk in the world and the only to be forever referred to as The Boardwalk with a capital B – is the heart and soul of the city, not to mention the hottest, swingingest, and most interesting place in town.
Built in 1870 in an attempt to keep sand out of the oceanfront hotels, the Boardwalk was originally just eight feet wide, but today, the combined Atlantic City and Ventnor Boardwalk is the world's longest, at almost five miles long and 60 feet wide, built with reinforced steel and concrete to withstand storms.
Along its length is an amazing array of attractions and things to do, from the ever-present casinos, bars, and famous shops to amusement piers, museums, arcades, carnival games, and miniature golf. The Boardwalk was the birthplace of saltwater taffy, purportedly due to a fortuitous storm that flooded a candy store in 1883.
Another fascinating relic of the past is the rolling wicker chairs, the authentic way to take in the sights along the Boardwalk. These canopied chairs-on-wheels were the transportation of choice for many visitors, and still offer tourists – or anyone – a stroll down memory lane.
Also along the Boardwalk is the fascinating Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, the famous entertainment and special events hall that first opened to the public in 1929.