By CAITLIN DINEEN, Staff Writer Press of Atlantic City
Wildwood’s Boardwalk reigned supreme in an online ranking of the best boardwalks in the United States by tourism web site Family Vacation Critic, beating out Coney Island and nine other tourist spots.“Wildwood is one of the most popular and kitschiest boardwalks in the country,” reads the site. “The Doo-Wop architecture evokes a nostalgic, honky-tonk atmosphere along the five-mile, free beach — rated the top beach in New Jersey.”Other boardwalks listed: included Santa Cruz Beach, Chicago Navy Pier, Old Orchard Beach Pier & Boardwalk in Maine, Kemah Boardwalk in Texas, Virginia Beach, Mission Beach Pacific Boardwalk in California, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, Long Beach Boardwalk in Oregon, and Ocean City Boardwalk in Maryland.The web site described Wildwood’s combinations of games and rides as just one of the reasons the Cape May County boardwalk won.“The two-mile stretch of boardwalk has everything you could want, from funnel cakes to game houses and enough amusement rides to rival Disneyland,” the site reads.Wildwood officials said they were glad to be recognized.“It’s a great honor to be recognized as the number one Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation,” John Siciliano, Executive Director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority said in a press release Friday. “We owe this recognition to the hard work and determination of the hundreds of small business owners who bring their vision and innovation to the myriad of shops, attractions, arcades, games and eateries that together make the Wildwoods’ Boardwalk second to none.”Family Vacation Critics is produced by The Independent Traveler, Inc., which also produces Cruise Critic, a cruise news and review Web site.This is not the first time the Wildwoods boardwalk has received accolades.
Last year, they were listed as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Top 10 U.S. Boardwalks” and in 2009 they were a top ten boardwalk by Forbes Traveler’s.
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