Atlantic City Boardwalk #JerseyLove

The window provided a small glance of the boardwalk. My heart beat faster as it came into view. I had to see more and feel the ocean air once again. As I got closer and saw the familiar benches, groups of people walking, the mom and pop stores hawking their wares, the tears welled up.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

View of the Atlantic City Boardwalk

Image Source – Rajean Blomquist of Because I Said So
Exploring with a group of bloggers that I just met on the Social Good trip for the Jersey Shore, they understood. After all as members of the NJ Digital Moms, many had lived through Sandy. Tears were common during and after this monstrous storm. But, why was a woman from Florida crying as she saw the Atlantic City Boardwalk?

Atlantic City Boardwalk Sign

It had nothing to do with personally dealing with storm damage in the past. Perhaps I was sympathetic. But, it was much more. Memories of my childhood came flooding back, summers spent at the shore with family. When happiness ruled and fear was pushed away. That boardwalk was a haven from the Bronx, where I grew up.

Atlantic City Boardwalk - Claridge Hotel

The Claridge Hotel was opened in 1930 and has had many makeovers

After seeing media reports of extreme damage to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy, I feared that my old stomping ground would be forever changed. Not so. The media got it wrong. The mountain of debris splashed across TV screens was actually part of the boardwalk scheduled for demolition.

Atlantic City Boardwalk - Salt Water Taffy

A Favorite – Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy

It’s hard to erase those images and reports from people’s minds. That’s one reason that the Social Good Trip was created – to share the reality. Along with the Atlantic City Alliance, who created the DO AC campaign, we want you to know how special the boardwalk truly is.

Atlantic City Boardwalk - Miss America Pageant

The Miss America Pageant was Held in Atlantic City

The boardwalk is a piece of history, with modern touches, a plethora of hotels and dining options. People watch, grab some salt water taffy, put your feet in the sand and don’t forget a kitschy souvenir. Relive memories and create new ones.

A suggestion – make plans for the Caesers Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival held on July 25 – 28.

I am grateful to Caesers Entertainment Atlantic City which sponsored my stay and meals and to Fralenger’s gave me a delicious box of Original Salt Water Taffy.

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  1. I LOVE New Jersey saltwater taffy. My parents always used to bring it back for me when I was a kid and it brings back such memories.
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  2. I love the Jersey Shore and I am glad that you are spreading the word to come back and visit. I can’t wait to pay a visit this summer with my girls.
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  3. I love that first picture. It is great! I’m glad NJ is “stronger than the storm” as they are saying in the commercials now. I plan to hit the beaches their and probably the casion’s in AC sometime this summer since I”m close by in Philly.
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  4. Michelle

    It is a piece of history. I’m glad it’s being restored & families can come together and enjoy the beautiful shoreline & fun family activities!

  5. I love Atlantic City and the boardwalk. I’m glad that the media got that wrong. Yay!
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  6. One of these days I will make it to the famed Jersey shore and stroll the boardwalk! It’s good that the media got it wrong and that the area is rebuilding and back in business.
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  7. My mom grew up in New Jersey and talks about the boardwalk to this day. I’d love to go see it someday with her. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
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  8. I’ve only been to the Atlantic City Boardwalk once in my life, for a few hours with my dad on a road trip from Florida to Massachusetts. I fell asleep in the car and he took a side trip to Atlantic City to gamble. We spent most of the night inside hotels but I did see a bit of the Boardwalk.
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  9. You got so many awesome pictures!
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  10. I will never forget my time in New Jersey with you and the other moms from around the country. The NJ Digital Moms were so gracious to welcome us as one of their own and and I enjoyed the strolls on the boardwalk. I will go back with my family! We all need to go back, but it will be such a joy.
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    • What made the trip even better was finally meeting you. You are such a welcoming and fun person. Great idea for us to all go back! I’d do it in a heartbeat.

  11. I would love to visit Atlantic City. I grew up on the west coast and always feel nostalgic when walking along the ocean. I’ve never been to the east coast and would love to experience everything it has to offer.
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  12. Sounds like a really nice trip and a great place to visit.
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  13. You rocked this review! I want to go here!!!
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