A summer in New Jersey isn’t complete without a trip to the boardwalk. From North to South, the major boardwalks along New Jersey’s shore towns are loaded with shops, eateries, rides and other attractions that keep visitors entertained throughout the summer. Every step along these wooden walkways offers another chance to make lasting memories at the shore.

If you’re planning on hitting the boards this summer, here is a list of a few must-see NJ boardwalk events and attractions that are sure to bring some excitement to the summer of 2017.

Ocean City Boardwalk

Miss New Jersey Pageant Parade

When: June 14 at 7:00 pm
Where: Ocean City Boardwalk, Ocean City
Before she becomes Miss America, the talented young woman competing from this state must first be crowned Miss New Jersey. Contestants for the 2017 Miss New Jersey Pageant will pile into their cars and ride down the Ocean City Boardwalk for this year’s parade. With the theme, “Television Comes Alive on the Boardwalk,” contestants will be wearing original outfits that show off their favorite television show, series or sitcom. The parade is the kick off event for the pageant, which will span three days and crown a winner on June 17. For more information about the parade or to purchase tickets to watch the entire pageant, visit www.missnewjersey.net.

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Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Point Pleasant

Jenkinson’s Aquarium World Oceans Day

When: June 10 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach
Instead of simply glancing out over the ocean from the Point Pleasant boardwalk, step inside Jenkinson’s Aquarium to get an even closer look at marine life. The aquarium offers visitors the chance to engage with wildlife and learn more about the sea creatures that inhabit the ocean. As a way to celebrate the ocean environment and protect its existence, Jenkinson’s Aquarium welcomes visitors of all ages to celebrate World Oceans Day with dive demonstrations, crafts and other activities throughout the day. The celebration is included with aquarium admission fees. For more information, visit the Jenkinson’s Aquarium’s website.

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Seaside Heights Boardwalk

Arts & Crafts By the Sea

When: June 10 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: The Boardwalk between Dupont and Grant Avenues, Seaside Heights
Add a little art to your summer day in Seaside Heights with Arts & Crafts By the Sea. The event welcomes 50 artists and crafters to the boardwalk to showcase their original works. With the chance to present their creations to the public, local vendors can engage with visitors and share their artwork with others on the boardwalk. The event is free to the public as vendors place their jewelry, candles, artwork and other handcrafted works up for sale. To find out more about Arts & Crafts By the Sea, visit www.exit82.com.

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Atlantic City Boardwalk

The Who Concert

When: July 22 at 8:00 pm
Where: Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
Some of the greatest acts of all time have played in front of sold-out crowds at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. As an 87-year-old national landmark, Boardwalk Hall has hosted thousands of memorable concerts and this summer will be no different. On July 22, Boardwalk Hall will welcome back rock legends, The Who, for their North American tour and their third time playing in Atlantic City. The British rock band, which has sold more than 100 million records, will play for fans who have been a part of the band’s 53 year journey and for those who admire their timeless work. For more information and to get tickets to see The Who, head to Boardwalk Hall’s website or go directly to Ticketmaster.

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Asbury Park Boardwalk

North Eats Food Truck Court

When: All summer long
Where: 7th Avenue & The Boardwalk, Asbury Park
Parked alongside one another in a picnic style area, the food trucks at North Eats food truck court serve a variety of delicious meals for boardwalk visitors who love options. North Eats does more than just bring food trucks together for a few days like most other food truck festivals. Instead, the picnic area adjacent to the Asbury Park Boardwalk acts as the summer home for specific food trucks that set up shop for the season. This summer, visitors have the chance to pick and choose from Sand Box, Freezy Freeze, Green Wagon Market, Johnny’s Pork Roll Truck and Playa Bowls. With plenty of options and an entire summer to try out new foods from the different food trucks, North Eats is a great place to grab lunch while visiting Asbury Park this summer. To find out more about these different food trucks, check out North Eats on Facebook or call 732-775-3236.

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Wildwood Boardwalk

Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks

When: All summer long
Where: 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
The beaches are long, the boardwalk is long and so is the list of must-see attractions for visitors to enjoy throughout the summer in Wildwood. A trip to the Wildwood Boardwalk isn’t complete without riding the rollercoasters and splashing around in the pools at Morey’s Piers. The family owned and operated amusement park has more than 100 rides and attractions on the Wildwood Boardwalk. Spanning three piers full of amusement rides, which include two piers with beach-front waterparks, Morey’s is endless fun for the entire family to enjoy. If you decide to spend the day visiting each of Morey’s Piers, be sure you’re ready for a full day of excitement. For tickets and other information visit Morey’s website or Facebook page for event updates throughout the summer.

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