America's Best Beach Boardwalks

From the honky-tonk hilarity of New York’s Coney Island to skateboarders and sea views in San Diego, these icons are freeways to fun.

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Hampton Beach
Photographer: Alan Briere/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

This old-school boardwalk is more like a school of rock these days—80 free concerts are held at the waterfront Seashell Stage and Casino Ballroom. Melissa Etheridge and The Beach Boys are two of the headliners that promise to pack the venue among other live acts rocking out in lounges on the 1.3- mile-long boardwalk. When you’re not dipping your toes in the warm Atlantic waves, landlubbers will find that the boardwalk thrives with beach volleyball tournaments and talent shows, beauty pageants, and a seafood festival all the way through September.

STAY AT LAMIE'S INN: A five-minute drive from the boardwalk, this family-run (and pet- friendly) inn has been around since the late 1950s; lamiesinn.com.

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