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Ocean City Boardwalk ranked in Top 5 in U.S.

The Baltimore Sun

Ocean City is one of the best boardwalks in the nation, according to National Geographic's latest list of the Top 10 U.S. boardwalks.

The travel magazine ranked Ocean City No. 4, behind Myrtle Beach, Coney Island and Atlantic City, which took the top spot as "the grandfather of boardwalks."

I don't want to get picky, but I've been to Myrtle Beach and OC's boardwalk is definitely better. Really. I'm not biased just because I'm a Marylander who writes a blog about OC. (I haven't been to Coney Island or Atlantic City, so I can't disagree on that.) Myrtle Beach recently added a mile-long promenade that has wooed more visitors, which the magazine notes, so that may be the reason they get the nod ahead of OC.

Nonetheless, the magazine obviously holds OC in high regard, noting boardwalk favorite Thrashers, our beloved historic carousel and even the Life-Saving Station Museum.

Maybe OC will move up the list next year after it undergoes renovations of the boardwalk that are set to start this fall. A Baltimore company is one of the leading bidders for the construction project that will provide the yellow pine to replace all of the wood along the boardwalk.

Rounding out National Geographic's list of the Top 10 boardwalks: Ocean Walk at Venice Beach, Calif., Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Sandwich Boardwalk, Mass., Virginia Beach and Wildwoods Boardwalk, N.J.



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