The Seaside Park Boardwalk is the southern most commercial boardwalk located in Ocean County, NJ. It is sometimes merely called Funtown Pier, and is located at the southern end of the famous Seaside Heigths Boardwalk.
This action packed boardwalk features a wide wooden promenade that extends approximately one mile and offers unparalleled views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean and all the beachfront activity.
The northern terminus of the Seaside Park Boardwalk is and extension of the Seaside Heigths Boardwalk at Porter Avenue. The southern terminus of the Seaside Park Commercial Boardwalk is Stockton Avenue where it continues far into Seaside Park as a Strolling Boardwalk.
The Funtown Amusement Pier home to the Tower of Fear, Seaside’s tallest ferris wheel and a go-kart track. A portion of the Funtown Pier is located in Seaside Heights, NJ.
The commercial portion of the Seaside Park Boardwalk is lined with amusements, rides, games of chance, arcades, miniature golf courses, restaurants, night clubs, snack bars, boutique shops, gourmet candy shops, an aquarium, water park, antiques and more. The Boardwalk is full of game stands, rides, pizzerias, bars and arcades.
For the shopaholic, there are plenty of trendy boutiques on the boardwalk, featuring everything from beach wear to sunglasses to jewelry.
The Seaside Park Nightlife features the world-famous Saw Mill Cafe. Various Night Club are the main attractions for the party people on the boardwalk and a the adjacent Seaside Heights Boulevard.
Boardwalks invented in New Jersey in the late 1800’s. The original boardwalks were wooden planks laid on the sand to form a boarded walkways. These boarded walkways were designed to reduce the amount of sand that pedestrians would track into hotel lobbies and railroad parlor Cars. The walkways were removed at the end of each bathing season.
Later in the 1800’s permanent Boardwalks started to pop up throughout Ocean County, NJ. Point Pleasant Beach was the first boardwalk built on pilings in Ocean County, NJ in the 1890s. Seaside Park, Bay Head, Lavallette and Beach Haven also constructed permanent boardwalks. As Boardwalks became permanent structures they were maintained all year-long.
In the 1870’s Atlantic City, NJ was the first boardwalk to feature amusements. Later amusement and fishing piers were added. Early on , Point Pleasant Beach and Seaside Heights began to commercialize their boardwalks.
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