04/12/2013 07:39 am ET Updated Jun 12, 2013

The 9 Best Boardwalks in the U.S. (PHOTOS)

Summertime will soon be upon us -- this week has already seen highs of 82 degrees in NYC! -- and we can't wait for long days spent strolling along the boardwalk. From Atlantic City to Santa Cruz, beach bums will strut their stuff down those sandy pathways, either taking in the views or letting loose on beachside coasters (or both!). Foodies will delight in summer treats such as saltwater taffy and Nathan's hot dogs, and visitors can also play games, have their fortunes told, hit up unique shopping grounds, or just people-watch as the summer heat brings out some truly interesting characters. So bust out your flip-flops, spread on the SPF, and head to one of these boardwalks near you for some spring and summer fun in the sun.

-- Kristina Fazzalaro,

The 9 Best Boardwalks in the U.S. (PHOTOS)

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