From the thrilling rides and the laughter at the midway to the soft serve ice cream, corn dogs, and saltwater taffy, there’s a reason why families flock to beaches boasting wooden planks and non-stop excitement, year after year. Take a stroll through the gallery below to discover our picks for best boardwalks to visit with kids of any age.

Belmont Park – Mission Beach, Ca

This oceanside attraction has been serving up thrills since the ‘20s. Little gamers can test their skills in the arcade or at the midway, while thrill-seekers can get their kicks on the Giant Dipper (yes, the other Giant Dipper), the Beach Blaster and the Crazy Submarine. Let your little adventurers reach heights on the Sky Climb, and everyone will enjoy a round of put-put on the indoor/outdoor Tiki Town Adventure Golf course. When it’s time to chill, pick a spot in the sand, kick back, and watch the surfers hang ten. Take a peek at our insider’s guide to Belmont Park here.

Where to eat: There’s nothing like a corn dog at the boardwalk, so head to Hot Dog on a Stick.

Good to know: Parking and admission to Belmont Park is free(!), but you'll need to arrive early to beat the crowds during the summer months.

Online: belmontpark.com

photo: Jeremy Thompson via flickr

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—Gabby Cullen