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Wildwood's boardwalk was called "America's last really great honky-tonk boardwalk at the shore" by the late architect and pop-culture historian Steve Izenour, who studied and wrote about the Wildwoods' uniquely American heritage.
Each summer evening, the American dream is lived out along the boardwalk's more than 70,000 wooden planks. Classic rides and old-fashioned amusements stand toe-to-toe with 21st-century innovation and excitement. Five amusement piers boast more rides than Disneyland, complete with world-class rollercoasters, beachfront waterparks, family-friendly attractions and cutting-edge thrill rides. In addition, a seemingly endless array of restaurants and shops offer everything from classic boardwalk fare like funnel cakes and homemade fudge to seafood specials, gourmet pizza, and contemporary casual beach fare.
The idea of a boardwalk originated when a railroad conductor, Alexander Boardman, got tired of cleaning beach sand from his trains. He suggested constructing a wooden walkway for seaside strolls. Atlantic City dedicated the first boardwalk in 1870. Thirty years later the City of Wildwood laid its first boardwalk directly on the sand along Atlantic Avenue, from Oak Avenue to Maple Avenue, just 150 yards long.