Vintage '80s Boardwalk Pictures That Scream 'Summer'
By | July 10, 2019
80s Surf Style in Echo Beach
As the summer kicks into high gear and the temperature rises well into the 90s it’s time to take a look back at vintage boardwalk pictures that provide a look into what life was like in the ‘80s. Whether you were were a surfer, a skate rat, or you just liked walking the boardwalk with your friends there’s a photo on here that will perfectly encapsulate the summers of your youth.
Whether you grew up in a landlocked state and had to dream of the ocean, or you were waking up to the sound of the water, you’ll instantly recognize these totally tubular boardwalk photos as the be all end all of summer fun. Hang ten!
A new kind of surfer reinvigorated surfing in the 1980s. Young, brash, and excited to hit the waves, young people flocked to the stretch of Newport Beach, California called Echo Beach to chop of the waves and look cool doing it. Gone were the days of white boards and black wetsuits, the surfers of Echo Beach wore colorful outfits and they decorated their boards to fit their personalities.
The look of these Echo Beach surfers informed street style for years, and many of the looks that these cats rocked scream summer. Don’t they make you want to run out to the ocean and just jump in the waves?
Celebrating a special moment on the beach at Asbury Park, NJ
The seedy boardwalk of Asbury Park, New Jersey has become a landmark in the minds of millions thanks to songs by Bruce Springsteen. In the 1970s he and thousands of others from the Garden State hung out along the boardwalk that had long been abandoned by families lighting out for the suburbs. However, the seaside town managed to hold onto some of its enchanting delights.
After falling into disrepair following a series of riots that occurred in Asbury Park, the city spent $550 million redeveloping the area in order to once again make it family friendly. The area now boasts a wide range of attractions that are just waiting for you to take a long weekend.
Bike Week in Daytona Beach
Bike Week in Daytona, Florida has always been a wild and wooly time on the beach. Bikers of all stripes have been hauling their hogs down to Florida since January 24, 1937 - the inaugural running of the Daytona 200. It’s not just the race that people show up for - anyone can drive around on a track - these folks show up for all the events that surround the race, some sanctioned and some not.
In the ‘60s and ‘70s bikers enjoyed the warm waters of the Atlantic while they partied on the beach and hung out with their honeys. For seven straight days the sound of engines revving are better than any alarm clock, and good luck making it through a full day at the office. Sure, it might get loud during Bike Week, but it sure is fun.
Busy day at Bournemouth Beach, England
Anyone looking for a family holiday in England need look no further than this weekend hotspot. Bournemouth Beach is a lovely place on the British coast and in the ‘60s and ’70s it played host to families from across the country who were looking for a little fun in the sun. Often families would take the Pine Express down from Manchester to Bournemouth, a trip that sounds like it’s straight out of an Agatha Christie novel.
With the mercurial British weather weighing down on families living inland, it’s likely that a trip to the beach was the perfect way to forget the dour London fog that can set in without a moment’s notice.
Catching some rays on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
Is there anything better than stealing some rays during a hot day on the beach? While many people think of New York City as the island of industry, landlocked from any kind of fun, it actually has fairly quick access to a couple of hot spots that perfect for getting away from the city without running away from the city.
The Brighton Beach Boardwalk has been open since 1905, although the original version burned down in 1919. However, New York City isn’t the kind of place to let a good time get away. The area was rebuilt shortly afterwards, and even though it saw some economic downturns in the ‘70s, people still love to pop out to the beach to get away from it all.
Clam Bar at Long Beach
If you’re going to eat seafood you should do it where you can get something fresh. No offense to those land locked readers but you don’t want to eat clams on the half shell if you’re not near the ocean. But you also don’t want to deal with fishing up your own clams and taking them home, that’s why this Long Beach clam bar is so perfect.
There’s nothing quite like taking a stroll down the oceanside in a place like Long Beach and popping into a shop to have a cold drink and a dozen clams or so. Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
Ferris Wheel at Coney Island
There’s nowhere on Earth that’s quite like the Coney Island amusement park. No matter what modern pieces are added to the area it still feels like a place out of time. Construction on the amusement park began in the late 19th century, with more than 30 roller coasters springing up between 1884 and the 1930s. Unfortunately most of the roller coasters and rides were taken down in the 1960s, and all that remains is the Cyclone.
The last remaining coaster is a piece of New York’s history, and just looking at it is sure to drag you into a state of reverie, even if you’re not so hot on the idea of riding a coaster with a wooden track.
Rock-bathing in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY (July 1987)
Rock bathing at Brighton Beach was a right of passage for New Yorkers throughout the 20th century. The scent of roasting meals and salty ocean air were what many locals looked forward to. You could head down to Brighton Beach for some handball or tennis, or just to catch some sun and meet someone new.
There was nothing like hanging out on the rocks with a friend or a good book and hoping to catch the eye of a good looking stranger. As long as you made it home in time for dinner there was nothing that could go wrong at a place like Brighton Beach.
Cruising along the shore at Daytona Beach
Everything changed in the 1960s, especially in Daytona Beach, Florida. In that decade alone the area got its first taste of spring break, and the Volusia County population grew by more than third. The area was thirsty for a good time and with the ocean right there it just made sense to spend the summers cruising up and down the beach on the hunt for a good time.
At the time the Daytona boardwalk featured mom and pop shops and a honky tonk encircling a Ferris wheel. Even if the shops closed up after dark, there was no time limit on how much fun you could have on the beach. It truly was one of the greatest decades.
"Have a Coke!" at Coney Island (circa 1980)
Dilapidated and a little grimy, there’s something magical about the Coney Island boardwalk. In spite of the closed store fronts and graffiti in this photo the area manages to hold an allure over its visitors. The timelessnes of Coney Island surpasses that of any other boardwalk in the country, but why? Is it the name? The anachronistic ads? Or is it simply a feeling?
Coney Island has managed to stand through a myriad developers, investors who lose interest, and the ravages of time. Maybe it’s the people who keep it thriving decade after decade. No matter the decade, Coney Island thrives.
Disco dancing on the Boardwalk
In the 1970s disco took the world by storm. People were dancing in clubs, at home and when the weather was warm enough, on the boardwalk. Bumping hips, shaking groove things, and spinning with abandon - getting down while the surf is breaking in the background is definitely a change of pace from the pulsing nightclubs of the city.
Just looking at this photo it’s clear how many people were hypnotized by the new style of dance that everyone was doing. Is there any dance that feels more summer appropriate than disco? The heat in the air, the sweat on the skin, it’s the perfect way to pass some time on the boardwalk.
Daytona Beach Main Street Pier and Casino
During its heyday Daytona Beach was heralded as the "World's Most Famous Beach.” Florida was a major summer destination for people of all walks of life, turning the area into one of the top tourist destinations in the world. However, the area started going downhill in the 1950s, some locals blame the advent of spring break, others simply see it as the inevitable passage of time.
In the 1980s the city spent millions of dollars to renovate the area, tearing down some of the buildings that were in poor standing and in their place a went up the Ocean Center and the Adam’s Mark Hotel. Whether tourists are looking to party or to relax, there’s something in Daytona for everyone.
Sun, sand, and surf! (early 1980s)
The allure of the beach to a city slicker can’t be underestimated. There’s something that takes hold of everyone who’s used to spending their days with cold, hard pavement beneath their feet whenever they kick off their shoes and take that first tentative step onto the sand. While everyone who hits the beach may not be hopping on a board to hang 10, it’s still cool to see the guys who can hit the tubes and stay on their feet.
Even if extreme sports aren’t your cup of tea, there’s a sense of freedom that comes with plunking a chair down in the sand and slathering up your skin with sunscreen. Just remember to stay hydrated.
Enjoying a card game at Renaca Beach, Chile
These gals know just how to spend a summer day. Playing cards on the beach is a spectacular way to pass time during the dog days of summer. Whether you’re playing for cold hard cash or simply bragging rights, it’s always fun to huddle up with your pals and play a few hands of gin rummy before retiring for a sunset meal as the waves crash along the shoreline.
The only real issue is having to drag a card table out to the beach. At the beginning of the day it seems like a good idea, but by the time you’re heading home it’s got to be a hassle to hall that thing back to the car.
Wind-surfing at Ettalong Beach
Did someone say throw a shrimp on the barbie? Ettalong Beach in New South Wales is one of the most underrated spots for summer time sports like windsurfing and wake boarding. Aside from it being the perfect place to get in some sun, the beach also plays host to the Brisbane Water Oyster Festival, an annual get together that brings in 20,000 people from across the world.
The community festival was made in part to showcase the local oyster industry. If tourists can’t make it during the festival there’s plenty of things to do while tearing it up in New South Wales.
Enjoying a snooze on a hot summer day
Ask anyone who’s ever had to get their things together for a day next to the surf, beach days are tough. They take a lot out of you. A person can’t be expected to be bright eyed and bushy tailed throughout an entire day of swimming, snacking, and reading a cheesy book, can they? Who among us hasn’t felt drained by the sun while hanging out with friends and possibly enjoying an adult beverage or two?
This sleepy beach-goer has the unfortunate luck of possessing friends with perfect timing and an eye for a great photograph. Hopefully on their next trip to the beach they brought some coffee.
Just another day of sailing in Waikiki Beach, late 1980s
There’s no trip quite like a trip to Hawaii, and if you’re going to the island you might as well pay a trip to Waikiki Beach, one of the most glorious places on the Earth. While there’s plenty of stuff to do on the beach, one of the most obvious and best ways to see the island is to go sailing on one of the many boats in the area.
The clear water off of Waikiki will make new tourists to the area feel as if they’re in a dream. It’s really a place unlike no other and should be experienced by everyone at least once in their lives.
Get a Paperback at the Beach! (Seal Beach Pier, 1980s)
If you’re not the surfing sort, or you don’t care to disco dance on the boardwalk, then the best way to spend time at the beach is with a good book. There’s nothing quite like curling up on a big beach blanket and getting transported to another world. Of course, if you don’t remember to bring a book or you didn’t even think of it until you arrived there’s always an enterprising young person who’s happy to loan or even sell some paperback.
This photo shows a booth hosted by the Seal Beach Library, and it’s not just a great idea, it’s a wonderful gift to the public. What are you reading at the beach this summer?
Getting up close and personal with Daytona Beach
If you’re not from a beach area this photo probably looks terrifying. Is it okay to drive a car on the beach? What’s happening with the tide? Will these cars even make it out of the water before they’re carried off to sea? When the weather’s right and the tide is low conditions are perfect for driving on the beach, and even if the tide is high if a driver parks far enough away from the water they should be good to go.
There’s nothing quite like driving on the beach, it’s a surreal sensation that’s entirely different from modern road driving. However, if you haven’t done it before you should stick to being a passenger.
Hollywood Beach, Florida, 1983
Situated in the middle of the often discussed tourist destinations of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Hollywood, Florida is one of the best kept secrets of the Sunshine State. Hollywood is a fascinating beach community that was built in the early 20th century as a getaway for the working class, and it’s always changing for the better.
Hollywood has a 2.5-mile boardwalk that takes snowbirds and townies alike on a walk down the Atlantic Ocean. There are bars, restaurants and shops that offer visitors anything they want day or night. This spot looks perfect for an afternoon on a pair of rollerblades or even a beach cruiser.
Looks like a storm is brewing in South Beach
Southbeach locals know the risks involved with living on gorgeous coast of Florida. Hurricanes are no joke, but these folks have definitely weathered their fair share of storms. Look at ‘em, they’re not worried about a little bit of inclement weather when they’ve survived deadly wins and rain that flies faster than a train.
Hurricane season officially runs all the way from June to the end of November, which is during the peak time for having fun in Florida, so there’s no reason to worry when visiting, just be ready with some board games and bottled water if you're caught in a storm.
Crystal clear day at North Santa Monica Beach in the 1980s
Santa Monica beach is one of the premiere beaches along the Southern California coastline, with plenty of spots to stop and sunbathe or just to take in the mountains, it’s a wonderful place to spend a day. In the 1980s Santa Monica wasn’t as populated as it is now, and folks were pretty much guaranteed the perfect spot, but now there’s a lot of people to contend with if you want to find your place in the sun.
Travelers to the Santa Monica Pier in the ‘80s got a first hand account of the restoration project happening all around them. After the storms of ’83, the city revitalized the area with seven years of construction.
Ocean City, Maryland, 1984
Most people don’t think of Mariland when the idea of a beachside getaway, but Ocean City has its fans. Like many boardwalks and beaches that served as day trips for suburban families, Ocean City had something for everyone. Aside from the warm sand beneath the toes of sun worshippers, there were performers that strolled the board walk who did whatever they could to entertain. One former Ocean City fan remembers that there was even a haunted house attraction:
It was a fantastic, walk-through haunted house. Great interior design work, and very scary. At one point, they had a guy who would chase you out at the end with a chainsaw! They don’t make haunted house attractions like this anymore.
At the beach with his VW, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Is there any cooler ride than a dune buggy? These bad boys could be taken on the street and in the surf, it was a beach rat’s dream. They were spacious enough to hold all your friends and anything needed for a day in the sane, and if you were riding solo that day you could even sleep under the star’s in the VW’s spacious seats.
The Outer Banks in North Carolina are a genuinely fascinating area. As a collection of islands, they take visitors away from the hustle and bustle of mainland life and offer a chance to get away from real life for a just a little while.
People watching, Woodbine Beach, Toronto, 1983
Is there anything better than people watching? Whether it’s the 1980s, the ‘60s or today, watching people go through the idiosyncrasies of their lives is absolutely fascinating. If people are to be watched in Canada, Woodbine Beach is one of the best places to do it. This spot is the largest of the four beaches in the Beaches in Toronto, Canada, which means there’s a lot of people stopping by.
The beach is one of the most popular spots in the area, and since it boasts a ton of events and ways to pass the time it’s the exact kind of place you want to go if you’re feeling a little nosey.
Boys, Beer, and Beach at Pompano Beach Pier, 1983
Spring break! Yeah! While spring make may have gotten its start in the 1960s (although, haven’t young people always been wont to party in the sun on a spring day?), the 1980s took the idea of spring break and blew it up for the world to see. Rather than just taking a long weekend to relax, college students started taking an entire week to rage on the beach, and there was nowhere more apt for a rager than the beaches of Florida.
Pompano Beach Pier is just a little north of Fort Lauderdale, a supreme spring break spot. But the smart money on a week long party trip is to find a spot that’s not too crowded to hang with the boys and get wild.
Family day at Porthmeor Beach in St. Ives
While many beachgoers don’t think of the UK as a must see summer destination, and they definitely don’t think of Cornwall as the place to be during the summer, but for English families in the know this little slice of Heaven is the perfect place to spend a family holiday. The area is known for having some of the mildest winters and warmest summers in the UK, which makes it amazing for a little getaway.
There’s no need to fight for a spot in St. Ives, aside from the gorgeous Porthmeor Beach this area has four different beaches were visitors can stake out their claim and enjoy the surf.
Ready for a day of rollerskating and surfing
Beach kids in the ‘70s did whatever the could to enjoy their time in the sun, whether they were spending the day surfing, roller skating or skateboarding, they made sure to use up every ounce of energy and sunshine to capitalize on their oceanside lives. The best part about rollerskating to the beach is that you didn’t have to spend a ton of time looking for parking, something that’s always been an issue in Southern California.
However, if you’re carrying a load of equipment you might have to pack all your friends into your jalopy so you could roll down to the beach in style. Whatever the case, there’s nothing like the joy of tearing it up at the beach.
Leisurely stroll on the boardwalk at Renaca Beach in Chile (1980s)
The beaches of South America are some of the most gorgeous and breathtaking areas in the world. Located to the north of Viña del Mar, Reñaca is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area, not only because locals flock to the beach as soon as the weather warms up, but because of the many Britains who take to the area at the height of the season.
Thanks to The Mackay School, the first British school in Chile, people from the UK have known about the pleasures of this area for decades. Judging from this photo it doesn’t look like a great place to wear cowboy boots, but it was the ‘80s and people were still figuring out fashion.
Rockin' out at Daytona Beach
Everywhere you look today people are plugged into their devices and locked away from the world around them. Everyone can listen to their favorite song on repeat, or their favorite podcast no matter where they are. But in the ‘60s and ‘70s beach combers had to bring their personal, portable radio along with them if they wanted to hear some good tunes.
In most instances people tuned into a local AM or FM radio station in order to hear the hits of the day, but this guy’s set looks like he’s built for a cassette tape or maybe even an 8-track. Talk about luxury.
Roller skating at Venice Beach
Before it was home to roller skating Bohemians of all shapes and colors, Venice Beach was founded in 1905 with designs on being a cute little resort down where people from the surrounding areas in Southern California could spend the weekend getting a taste of Europe on the west coast. Venice, California had its own gondolas and canals, but it quickly fell into disrepair.
From the ashes of the former resort rose up a kind of bohemian paradise where artists and musicians could live for relatively cheap. The area’s lengthy paved promenade turned out to be perfect for roller skating, and throughout the ‘80s that was one of the main ways for people to get around.
Sailing on the gorgeous blue-green water
There’s really nothing like setting sail on a small boat bound for nothing but a good time. When you can sail your crew across a placid, blue green ocean that’s even better. It’s not easy to sail, and a lot of people spend years learning how to do it correctly, but once you know what you’re doing it’s one of the most satisfying things in the world.
Spending a warm summer day cutting through the water in a little schooner or a sail boat is a lovely way to get away from the crowd on the beach while still getting in those tasty rays.
Selling T-shirts on the Boardwalk
One thing that you can always count on when you’re on the board walk is someone hawking t-shirts up and down the promenade. Most shirt vendors have their own spot on the sidewalk, but some, like this enterprising young woman, made their way up and down the boardwalk on roller skates, selling shirts to anyone who was interested.
Most the shirts for sale are airbrushed with fun summer vistas or phrases of the time. What was the last t-shirt you bought on a boardwalk? Are you still wearing it or did you move on next summer? The great thing about t-shirt vendors is they're always ready with new merchandise.
Riding along the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in 1983
This spot that runs across Lake Michigan is one of the most exciting and inconspicuous summer getaways in America. The Dunes run across the shoreline of Muskegon and Ludington. For anyone with their own dune buggy this spot was an amazing chance to tear up the sand while you and your friends took in the fresh water of one of the largest lakes in the country.
On a day like the one pictured it must have been a wild day with all those buggies out there. Which buggy do you think was the fastest? Do you think they were racing for pink slips or something more interesting?
Skateboarding in Venice Beach, 1988
Is there anything more emblematic of Southern California than skateboarders shredding up the concrete? Venice Beach, aka Dogtown, is the epicenter of the skating scene that took the world by storm and spawned a hundred million dollar industry of boards, shirts, and all manner of merch. But before all of that skaters were the pirates of the Los Angeles scene.
In the ‘70s and ‘80s skating was in a period of growth, and the skaters who once carved up the empty pools of the area were going to the streets where they treated the world as their skate park.
Smile for the camera!
There’s hardly anything that’s as classic as this photo of a group of friends grabbing some brews beneath the boardwalk. Note the timeless Budweiser label on those cans, and the guy with his back to the camera doublefisting beers. Is there a better way to hang out on the beach after you’ve popped out of the water?
The best part about this photo, and likely the largest sign that it was taken in an era when everyone was much more laid back is the playpen resting in the back next to a cooler. The ’70s sure were a blast.
South Roosevelt Blvd in Key West, Florida
90 miles north of Cuba sits Key West, Florida an island city whose conch style houses are dressed in pastels and perfectly suited to whiling away hot summer days. To get to Key West you’ve got to drive along U.S. Route 1, the longest north to south road in the United States. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the Florida Keys many times, beginning in 1917, so it makes sense that he made his mark on the city.
The area was once a celebrity hot spot, with Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy hanging out in Key West. Supposedly Ernest Hemingway even wrote some of A Farewell to Arms above a Ford dealership in town.
Spring Break at Daytona Beach, 1983
1983 was a totally tubular time for young people. Spring break was turning into something that you absolutely had to do unless you wanted to be found out as a square. Hundreds of thousands of students converged on Florida to drink, dance, and get wild. At the same time that students were losing it on the beach, there were plenty of spring break themed movies trying to capture the moment like the Tom Cruise starring Losin’ It.
The beaches of Daytona turned into a lawless zone for weeks on end whenever spring break descended, leaving beer cans and wildly colored bathing suits strewn across the beach.
Sun, Surf, and Guitar
There’s always some guy who wants to break out his guitar at the beach. In this case these young metal heads look like just the people who want to hear some intense shredding from the back of a sick Camaro. Everything about this photo screams of the bygone era of the early ‘80s. The big hair, the van, the headphones, and those cut-off shorts.
On summer weekends every young person teared out to the beach to let it all hang out and jam with their friends. Hopefully this guy was good at guitar or they were having a miserable time at the beach.
Spring Break in Cocoa Beach, late 1980s
While there are spring break destinations that are more well known than Cocoa Beach, the rest don’t even touch the sheer fun that can be had at this collegiate hot spot. It’s clear from this photo that these students knew the secret of this spot just south of Cape Canaveral. Cocoa Beach had more than the swimming and galavanting of the other resort towns, it has a long history of bands coming through town.
Throughout the ‘80s bands like The Blasters, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Blue Oyster Cult came through town to rock everyone in town. Cocoa Beach really was party central.
Ridin' the Waves at Newport Beach
Newport Beach was one of the hotspots of the ‘80s surfing boom. People came from all over to ride the spectacular waves of this small beach, but they had to contend with locals who were able to get some of the best early morning surfing in before the tourists or surfers from the surrounding areas made their way to the small beach.
This surfer is clearly in tune with the waves, and when this photo was taken he’s probably been out on the water for hours. The dedication to the craft of surfing can look like a lot of loafing, but in actuality it requires a lot of work.
Surf's Up! Waikiki Beach
Look at this air! Is that hanging 10 or is it five when the waves are that small? While the waves may not be massive in Waikiki they sure are beautiful. The water, an slightly lighter shade of green than emerald, is something that’s rarely seen outside of Hawaii. The docile yet plentiful waves of the south shore definitely pale in comparison to what you can find in California or Australia, but that makes them perfect for a new surfer.
This photo is such a perfect encapsulation of the ‘80s, with a neon hunk flying high above the waves like a design you’d see on a Bodyglove shirt.
Taking a drive down Daytona Beach
Nothing says summer like driving down the beach on the hunt for the perfect place to park and kick open the trunk to let your tunes spill out of the speakers while you lounge along the coast and get a nice tan. In beach towns like Daytona it’s not out of the ordinary to see a car driving down the beach, and it’s totally cool as long as they obey the specific rules of the beach.
This isn’t to say that tourists should just start driving their cars out to the beach, if someone doesn’t know what they’re doing they’re likely to wind up with their car stuck in the sand - or worse - with a rusted out hunk of metal.
Teens enjoying the boardwalk along a Florida beach
Going to the boardwalk on your own is the greatest part of being a teen. With no parents, no curfew, and no rules it can feel like you own the place. Of course, there’s not a lot of trouble that you can get into on the boardwalks of Florida when you’re in your teens (unless you’ve got a fake ID or happen to look old for your age).
These teens are truly of a specific time in the heyday of American fashion when bright colors were the only thing to wear, nay, the only thing on offer. While that Mickey Mouse shirt still rules, the hair is another question altogether.
"This is the life!" A college student on Spring Break soaking up some sun in Fort Lauderdale
This photo sums up what’s best about spring break. Without the worries of a college graduate there’s nothing else to do but chill and get a good tan before going out when the sun goes down to dance the night away. Honestly, this guy has it all figured out. Why fight for space down on the beach when you can hang out on the deck and get just as many rays?
One of the most classic things about this photo is the plastic cup in this guy’s hand. It’s both emblematic of the college aesthetic and ephemeral nature of spring break. These kids aren’t on the beach for a long time, just a good time.
Trying to stay "cool" at Venice Beach in California
When making your way down Venice Beach in the summer you’re sure to see all kinds of fashion statements. Some cool, some mind boggling, and then sometimes you see a dad just doing his best to stay “cool.” Who among us hasn’t decided just to put on a towel after a day at the beach and call it a day? While some may call this guy a square, we say he’s living right.
If you want to rock this look over the summer there are a few things to keep in mind. First, grab a towel that’s long enough to act as a kind of sarong, you don’t want a hand towel for an expert move like this. And even though it seems like a good idea to wet the towel before wearing, you’ll want to keep it dry. Let you body do the rest.
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii in the late 1980s
Cruising the beach of Waikiki in the ‘80s must have been a real trip. Not only because of the pale blue water that surrounds the island, but at the time it wasn’t as overrun with tourists as it is today. Something that shows that this play is from the ‘80s is the pastel island painted trash can in the distance.
What spot on the beach looks the best to you? Would you rather be catching some sun away from the tide or are you the kind of person who wants to slide into the water and keep cool? Or are you the kind of person who'd be at a beach bar drinking out of a pineapple?
Posing for the camera at Wildwood Beach Boardwalk, 1980s
Okay this is just adorable. Going down to the Wildwood Boardwalk in New Jersey was a treat for a person of any age, but for kids it was a trip that they looked forward to all season. This boardwalk has been standing for more than 100 years, meaning that it’s played host to a century of summer fun for the whole family.
Many of the rides at Wildwood are the classic wooden rides that were built early in the 20th century, and it boasts more rides than Disneyland. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect place for someone to spend the summer?