Atlantic City Vacations
Your Atlantic City vacation
If you think Atlantic City is just about gambling, you may need to think again.
Sure, casinos are a big draw, but this seaside resort town has a lot more to offer. A makeover of sorts in recent years has brought gourmet restaurants, more shopping and upscale hotels to this popular East Coast destination.
Best time to take a vacation to Atlantic City
Best Time to Go
Visitors hoping for a true beach vacation along Atlantic City’s famed shores should book a trip for summer months, when low temperatures averaging at the mid 80’s make this area a sunny paradise. However, Atlantic City’s exciting summer beaches, which are populated heavily by young people in particular, might not appeal to Atlantic City vacationers hoping for quieter getaways. That said, temperatures are also famously delightful during fall months in Atlantic City, and great beach weather along with operating hours for some of the area’s prime attractions maintain year round.
Insider tips for Atlantic City travel
White House Sub Shop
The White House Sub Shop famously prepares authentic made-from-scratch hoagies baked on fresh bread.
Sightseeing Cruise Tour
Visitors should get tickets for a sightseeing cruise tour around the city when booking travel plans for an Atlantic City vacation.
Thunder Over the Boardwalk
The Thunder Over the Boardwalk air show occurs annually in August, primetime for an Atlantic City vacation.
Atlantic City Jitney
Visitors can board the Atlantic City Jitney, a local minibus service, and visit the many casinos along Pacific Avenue.
Hired guides can push visitors along the famed Boardwalk in a shadowed rolling chair if their feet get tired.
Top Atlantic City attractions
Beyond the Boardwalk, get up close and personal with sharks, a turtle, sea horses, jellyfish and other sea creatures at the Atlantic City Aquarium or try one of the rides on Steel Pier. And for a truly unique experience, visit Lucy the Elephant, an elephant-shaped building in Margate where visitors enter via a spiral staircase in one of the hind legs and climb up to the seat on Lucy's back for a refreshing view of the ocean. The view also is great from the historic Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in the state. Visitors also can raise a glass to the grape growers at one of southern New Jersey's historic wineries, complete with tours and tastings.
Atlantic City entertainment
From concerts by the hottest stars on tour to old-fashioned nightclub acts, Atlantic City has plenty to do once the sun sets. Historic Boardwalk Hall, fresh from a $90 million renovation, hosts classical musicians, rock stars, ice shows, wrestling, boxing, circuses, midget car races and more. Disco back to the '70s at Boogie Nights, laugh it up at The Borgata Comedy Club, or salsa dance at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. And of course, many of the big resorts like Trump, Harrah's and Caesars have nightclubs with DJs.
Atlantic City restaurants
Seafood, of course, reigns supreme. But a taste of Atlantic City can be as varied as a Vietnamese rice dish, a submarine sandwich or a five-course gourmet dinner. Many of the hotels now have destination restaurants. The Borgata alone boasts 11 - all featuring fresh, seasonal produce grown especially for the hotel. Buddakan, the trendy, upscale Asian restaurant popular in New York, has a location at The Pier Shops at Caesars. If you have a taste for Italian, Capriccio serves seafood and pasta specialties with an ocean view. If you're looking for something a bit more casual, White House Sub Shop has really large sandwiches, and a clientele that includes presidents and celebrities.
Atlantic City shopping
From tacky souvenirs to high fashion, shoppers can find just about anything in Atlantic City. For bargains, Atlantic City Outlets - The Walk features stores like Brooks Brothers, Coach, H&M and Nike. If you're budget is bigger, you'll find Armani, Louis Vuitton and more at The Pier Shops at Caesars. The Quarter at Tropicana has restaurants, entertainment and national retailers like Brookstone and White House/Black Market. And there's no shortage of shops selling T-shirts and other Atlantic City memorabilia.
Atlantic City beach
This is what started it all: a pristine beach with healthy salt air, and a developer who saw the promise it held. Take in the sights, smells and sounds and sounds along the Boardwalk as you stroll along or ride in one of the unique rolling chairs. The piers off the Boardwalk are home to many attractions, including the Atlantic City historical museum and Atlantic City Art Center on Garden Pier. Seasonal entertainment abounds along the boards, too, with concerts, parades and special events. Don't forget to sample some salt water taffy.
Atlantic City golf
With more than 20 golf courses in the Atlantic City area, the area is fast becoming a new golf mecca. In fact, in March 2009 ForbesTraveler.com named Atlantic City one of the "Top 10 Golf Cities in America". Golfers have their choice of high-quality courses, including some along the ocean. Among the notables: Harbor Pines Golf Club, named to Zagat's 2005 list of America's Top Golf Courses; The Links at Brigantine Beach, with an authentic Scottish links design and named one of Golf Digest's Best Places to Play; and The Vineyards Golf Course at Renault Winery, with views of vineyards and orchards.
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Atlantic City Vacation Packages
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Atlantic City highlights
Pier Shops at Caesars
The Pier Shops at Caesars boast topnotch designers such as Gucci and Tiffany & Co.
The Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel
The Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel offers a full-service spa, a slots floor, and live performances from famous musicians, actors, and comics.
Harbor Pines Golf Club
Golfers can enjoy a world-class round at the Harbor Pines Golf Club, one of the most popular attractions in the area.
Caesars at Atlantic City features one of the largest gambling facilities in the area and also features five-star hotel accommodations and live concerts.
Ripley’s Believe It, or Not Odditorium
Ripley’s Believe It, or Not Odditorium, is an indoor museum of truly unforgettable and odd exhibits collected from all over the world.
Atlantic City Beaches
The city’s beaches provide vacationers with prime surfing, shell collecting, swimming, as well as fishing and beach volleyball.
The one-and-only Storybook Land is an outdoor amusement park compiled of rides based on classic nursery rhymes and stories.
Atlantic City Aquarium
The Atlantic City Aquarium features a great sample of the many species of native marine and animal life living off the shores of Atlantic City.
New Jersey's Absecon
Visitors unafraid of heights can climb the 228 steps of New Jersey’s Absecon Lighthouse and enjoy aerial views of the entire shore.
Atlantic City Boardwalk
The Atlantic City Boardwalk, also called the Steel Pier, provides visitors with one-of-a-kind thrill rides, carnival games, and inimitable food vendors.
Vacationers in Atlantic City can explore the city’s wide variety of museums and tours, as well as amusement parks, sublime landscapes, and peformance theatres. The city is also home to a free concert series during summer months, as well as sprawling beaches, gardens, and exciting markets. While Atlantic City is perhaps most famous for its casinos, even Caesars and Harrah’s themselves offer entertainment aside from slot machines that will cap off any Atlantic Cit vacation, such as the Water Show and the Family Fun Center.