Favorite Routes by Theme

25 Best Seafront Promenades: North America

Running along a wide path with a view of the sea is a favorite for many runners. Our ‘seafront promenades‘ category has nearly 200 of these types of routes, worldwide. Here, we choose 20 of our favorites in North America. The criteria: must be along an ocean, or one of the Great Lakes (not a river), at least 2 miles long, not on the road, and feature unobstructed views of the water.  Note: these are listed in alphabetical order, by location.

Boston Waterfront

Boston, MA

As a result of the Big Dig project and development of the Seaport district, it's possible to run about 16 miles from Charlestown to Quincy, about 80% of it really pleasant along the water.
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Seawall Urban Park

Galveston, TX

Run the longest continuous sidewalk in the United States, while enjoying splendid ocean views! Seawall Urban Park is the sidewalk along Seawall Blvd. on Galveston's Gulf (south) side . Good water views the whole way. A festive scene.
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Halifax Waterfront

Halifax, Nova Scotia

A wonderful run along the Halifax waterfront. Dedicated boardwalk most of the way, with great views of the water and harbour. Lots of great shops, restaurants, and important Halifax sights along the way.
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Jersey Shore Boardwalks

Jersey Shore, NJ

The Jersey Shore is famous for its boardwalks, and the longer ones are great for running. Great ocean views, people watching, and entertainment. Our favorites: Atlantic City, Wildwood, Avalon to Belmar, and Seaside. Might have to dodge the crowds in summer.
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Jones Beach and Long Beach

Long Island, NY

Wonderful beach and boardwalk running. At Long Beach, a festive boardwalk runs for 2.2 miles along the beach. At Jones Beach, there are miles of running, including the Jones Boardwalk and two longer multi-use paths. Beach also runnable.
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Miami Beach

Miami, FL

One of the great urban beaches. The wide sand beach stretches for nearly ten miles from south to north with a running path along most of the way. South Beach is where the action is .
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Eastern Promenade Trail

Portland, ME

One of Portland’s centerpieces, running from downtown, along the water, to Back Cove. The waterfront trail is built along an old rail corridor and offers spectacular harbor and ocean views.
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La Marginal de Arecibo (Boardwalk)

Puerto Rico

The cement walkway/boardwalk along Avenida Victor Rojas in Arecibo on Puerto Rico's northern coast offers stunning ocean views. It's nearly 2 miles between the bridge over the Río Grande to the point of Obrero. A great spot for a sunset run.
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Crissy Field to Fort Point

San Francisco, CA

The run along Chrissy Field from Fort Mason to Fort Point is one of the great urban runs of the world. Water views the whole way. Heading north, views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, and south, the SF skyline.
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West Cliff Drive

Santa Cruz, CA

Wonderful coastal running along a multi-use path that runs from Municipal Wharf to Natural Bridges State Park. It's 2.8 miles one-way. Great views, with Seal Rock/Lighthouse Point being one of the scenic highlights.
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Elliott Bay Trail

Seattle, WA

The main waterfront trail route along Puget Sound running from Century Link Field in the south to Smith Cove in Magnolia to the north.There are various running options here.
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Scarborough Running Options

Toronto, Ontario

The iconic run in Scarborough is the waterfront path at Scarborough Bluffs, with great views of the cliffs and the waterfront. There's also a 10 km waterfront path between East Point Park and Frenchman's Bay. Trail runners will love Rouge River Park.
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