Over the course of each day the boardwalk in Seaside Heights presents two different faces. During the day the boardwalk and the beach are one extended playground. You can lie on the beach, play in an arcade, swim in the ocean and have lunch at a pizzeria - all in places that are within sight of one another. Then everything changes at night. The lights, crowds and excitement of the boardwalk come alive, with the beach and the water receding into the background. The energy and feel of the boardwalk changes too. The easy relaxation of a day at the beach gives way a more edgy feel that is both readily recognizable and excitingly pleasant. You sense that something is about to happen and is fueled by many things - like the game of chance barkers, groups of noisy teens, small wide-eyed children, the ride hawkers and sometimes screaming riders - and you almost feel compelled to take it all in as completely as you can.