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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Rehoboth Beach
Photographer: Stephen St. John/National Geographic/Getty Images

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Sure, most boardwalks tempt with scents of popcorn and saltwater taffy, but there’s something especially sublime about the aromas and eats along this mile-long, wood walk on the Delaware coast. Here, you’ll happily rove back and forth from the Atlantic Boardwalk Grille, where fresh mussels rule, to time-honored beach munchies like Thrasher’s fries, Kohr Bros. frozen custard, and the more than 70 flavors available at The Ice Cream Store. Rehoboth’s melodic menu is just as eclectic: The Clear Space Theatre Company presents a summer-long slate of performances, from The Sound of Music to a tribute to current pop divas.

STAY AT THE BELLMOOR INN & SPA: Two blocks from the beach, The Bellmoor’s European decor lends the place a bygone feel; thebellmoor.com.

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