Heather Colache, Director of Tourism
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Arts and Culture / Outdoor Recreation / Tours and More
Day 1 Afternoon: See and Be Seen
Songs have been written about it. Movies have been filmed about it. Legends have been made on it. Since its inception in the 1800s, the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk has been the epicenter of entertainment and people-watching in Atlantic City.
Stroll the wooden way and enjoy your favorite boardwalk foods. You’ll find the entrances to Central Pier, Steel Pier and Garden Pier scattered along its more than four miles. A seemingly endless array of restaurants, retail shops, casinos and unique attractions make it impossible to be bored on Boardwalk. From a yearly marathon, triathlons, surfing and volleyball competitions to the one-and-only Miss America Parade, the Boardwalk will have everyone yelling more than “Show us your shoes!”
But occasionally the weather has a different plan. When walking the boards is not the best option, you can always step inside your favorite casino. Or perhaps you’ll be fortunate enough to catch a matinee at the IMAX Theater at The Quarter at Tropicana, which can transport you to another place and time for the afternoon. Featuring large format films in both 2D and 3D, IMAX Theater features the latest Hollywood blockbusters, major concerts and sporting events. You can even plan your own private party for your family and friends.
Day 1 Evening: Celebrity Dining & Entertainment
After a fun-filled day of Atlantic City adventures, dinner is probably on your mind. As a pop culture devotee, you’re probably hungry for more than just great food. Luckily, several of today’s hottest celebrity chefs have opened up terrifically trendy restaurants in Atlantic City. From Bobby Flay to Wolfgang Puck, finding a famous name in Atlantic City is not a problem. Narrowing the list down for your first dinner in town may be a little trickier.
After dinner, Boardwalk Hall is the place to find the superstars from the world of entertainment. From the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga, they’ve played to a roaring crowd in the events arena that has stood in the center of Atlantic City for decades. You’ll find more incredible entertainment in the casino showrooms. When the sun goes down in Atlantic City, the fun is just starting. Comedy Clubs, showrooms, nightclubs, lounges, whatever your taste or budget, your night is just getting started.
Day 2 Morning: Shopping or Spa Nirvana
Celebrated as one of the best shopping destinations on the East Coast, Atlantic City offers upscale retailers, brand-name discount outlets, unique boutiques and everything in between. At Atlantic City’s Tanger Outlets–The Walk, you can spend the day bagging bargains from more than 100 retail outlets like Michael Kors, Coach, Kenneth Cole H&M and DKNY.
The Pier Shops at Caesars deliver an upscale shopping experience with designer stores from Gucci, Apple, Burberry, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton. The Pier Shops are also known for some of the city’s most renowned dining and entertainment experiences, including a free water show starring 150 dancing fountains.
High-energy restaurants, exciting entertainment, and an incredible array of shops come together at The Quarter at Tropicana. This 200,000 retail center brings to life the streets of Old Havana through a sprawling-three story streetscape and shopping experiences that include Zephyr Gallery, Swarovski and The Old Farmer’s Almanac General Store. On the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, shoppers will find a variety of souvenir stores, specialty shops and purveyors of salt-water taffy, Atlantic City’s hallmark treat.
If you prefer salt scrubs to shoe sales, spend an indulgent morning at one of Atlantic City’s world-class spas. From inviting spaces modeled after Roman baths to the modern day masterpieces, Atlantic City is home to some of the East Coast’s most exceptional spa experiences.
Day 2 Afternoon: Take your pick of beauty queens, oddities or the Jersey Devil
The attractions in Atlantic City are known to be unique, diverse, and yes, even a little odd. If you’re enchanted by the coveted Miss America crown, don’t miss the Miss America Rose Walk, a collection of bronze plaques featuring Miss America quotes embedded in the sidewalk along Michigan Avenue. The focal point of the Rose Walk is a bronze statue of Bert Parks, host of the Miss America competition from 1955 to 1980. Visitors can take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity by posing under the crown in the statue’s outstretched hands as a motion sensor triggers the playing of the pageant’s traditional theme song, “There She Is, Miss America” through an enhanced digital sound system.
Located on the Boardwalk, the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum is a fascinating look into the world of the bizarre and unusual. From Vlad the Impaler to shrunken heads to the girl down the well, you’ll find new oddities, wondrous exhibits and family-fun adventures around every turn.
Also on the Boardwalk you’ll find Haunted Tales. Offering exciting tales of the Jersey Devil, pirates and more, the haunted animated theatre will have you not just watching the story but experiencing it. Then, for the brave of heart, take on the coffin ride and experience the sights, sounds and smells of being buried alive. Only a few are brave enough to make it through the entire ride.
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Day 1 Afternoon: All Aboard for Adventure
For those of you who didn’t know, Atlantic City is actually on an island. That means there are boatloads of oceangoing adventures where you can earn your sea legs. Hop aboard the Cruisin’ One, the flagship boat of Atlantic City Cruises located in Historic Gardner’s Basin, for dolphin watching, sightseeing or an easy, breezy happy hour cruise. Longing to see some sea life? Climb aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher in nearby Cape May for a fast and fun trip out to the feeding grounds of dolphins and whales.
Day 1 Evening: Set Your Sights on Seafood Dinner
After a day on the water, you’ll be ready to sample the catch of the day. From Historic Gardner’s Basin to the Boardwalk to the many restaurants located in nearby shore communities, you’ll find an abundance of fresh seafood including Atlantic City’s world-renowned local flounder and scallops, crab, clams and shrimp. Don’t forget the melted butter.
Day 2 Morning: Bike the Boards
Let’s ride! No outdoor enthusiast’s visit to Atlantic City is complete without an early morning bike ride on the world-famous Boardwalk. You will find several friendly and affordable bike rental shops ready to outfit you for a grand two-wheeled time as you check out Atlantic City’s sites and attractions.
Day 2 Afternoon: Take a hike or Play a Round
Want to work on your swing? There are 30 golf courses within 30 miles of Atlantic City. From dunes to fairways, sand traps to obstacles, there are plenty of places to play and a course just waiting to be tackled.
For those who prefer a more natural take on the great outdoors, there are a number of parks featuring scenic trails, bird watching and wildlife in the region. You’ll discover hiking trails and a nature center with a visit to the Atlantic County Park at Lake Lenape in Mays Landing. Bass River State Forest features camping, swimming, boating and fishing and many more activities the whole family can enjoy. In nearby Hammonton, Wharton State Forest offers up a picnic area, canoeing and kayaking, hiking trails and campsites, fishing and the historic Batsto Village.
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The free fun continues with the Atlantic City Airshow. This summer spectacle takes place yearly and features flybys and acrobatics by civilian pilots and military professional. All the action takes place in the sky above Atlantic City’s beach and coastline. And the best part of the show is the $0 ticket price. Check out the rest of this group tour itinerary:
Day 1 Evening:
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg when you go out to dinner in Atlantic City. There is a restaurant for every taste and budget, from the family-friendly chains we all know and love to the Boardwalk food lining the great wooden way featuring easy-on-the-wallet favorites like pizza, corn dogs, funnel cake, and gyros. Finish off your evening with the lightshow at Boardwalk Hall. This free 3D display on the building’s façade features a combined effect of video, lighting and sound that has won awards for its innovation and spectacle.
Day 2 Morning: Learn Something Important
Start your day amid the pathways, plants, flowers and Gingko trees of the Civil Rights Garden. This amazing garden features 11 granite columns and sculptures with inscriptions related to the history, events and people of the Civil Rights movement. Located on the Boardwalk by Brighton Park, the New Jersey Korean War Memorial features a thoughtful tribute to the men and women lost during the Korean War and the dedicated service they provided. During the summer season, take a tour of New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm, located on Route 30 in Atlantic City. No appointment is necessary to tour.
Day 2 Afternoon: Go Cultural
End your stay in Atlantic City with a little culture. The Atlantic City Art Center located on Garden Pier features free rotating exhibits of regional and national artists, displayed beautifully in this pier over the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer season be on the lookout for the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach Concert Series taking place at Kennedy Plaza across from Boardwalk Hall on the Boardwalk. Enjoy cool jazz featuring some of the most renowned Jazz artists around paired with emerging local artists to make for a memorable experience. Held on Thursday evenings, these concerts are free to the public.
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Morning: There is nothing better than a morning stroll on the world-famous historic Atlantic City Boardwalk. It’s also the first Boardwalk, built in 1870 to help keep sand from being tracked into hotels and was recently rated one of the best beach boardwalks in the nation. It’s also where you’ll find many piers, notably Garden Pier just north of Showboat casino. Located there is the Atlantic City Historical Museum, where you can get a glimpse of Atlantic City’s unusual past. An enlightening 30-minute film and the famous Mr. Peanut are just part of the offerings to enjoy.
Also just off the Boardwalk is the New Jersey State Korean War Memorial, located in Brighton Park where Park Place meets the Boardwalk. It features a 12-foot high statue of "The Mourning Soldier" clutching dog tags. A group of soldiers "under fire" emerges through a sheet of water just to his left. The back wall of the memorial, beneath an eternal flame, is engraved with the names of the 822 New Jerseyans who were killed or are still missing in action.
Just past Historic Boardwalk Hall near Florida Avenue and the Boardwalk is the Boardwalk Empire façade display featuring a store front exhibit with images from HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire" television show. It’s the perfect place for a photo op. You can also enjoy a life size Monopoly game display on the Boardwalk at Dennis Courtyard in front of Bally’s Atlantic City.
Afternoon: Located easily on Pacific Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard is the Civil Rights Garden. It’s a one-of-a-kind tribute to the Civil Rights movement. Eleven black African granite columns are etched with quotes from famous Americans. The central column features an upraised hand and a large bronze bell over a reflecting pool.
Located in nearby Margate, what was once known as South Atlantic City, Lucy the Elephant is one piece of history you should not miss. Now over a hundred years old, Lucy the Elephant was originally built to lure real estate investors to the shore. Since then she has served as a restaurant, a tavern and even a house. She was restored in the 1970s and moved to her current location at Washington and Atlantic Avenues in Margate, where she has resided ever since as a museum. You can climb to the "howdah" on Lucy’s back for a panoramic view of the ocean, beach and surrounding area. Open seasonally.
Evening: There are many long-established restaurants in Atlantic City including Knife and Fork, formerly a speakeasy during prohibition. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to George Clooney have eaten at White House Sub Shop. Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern is as popular for its home-made wine as for it’s pasta as good as mamma used to make.
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Day 1 Morning: For some of us, the day doesn’t begin without our morning workout. And the Boardwalk is the perfect place to flex those muscles and work up some sweat. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (12 p.m. during the winter) bicycling is the way to go on the Boardwalk. It may not be the Tour de France, but with more than four miles of boards to ride, it certainly can get the job done. The Boardwalk is also where joggers go to get in their run, and they come from far and wide. It’s even the location of a yearly marathon in October.
Day 1 Afternoon: It may be a sunbather’s paradise and one of the top East Coast beaches, but the Atlantic City beach is also where you’ll find plenty of athletes and competitive opportunities. Have a ball with a game of handball or volleyball, there are even several volleyball tournaments that take place throughout the summer. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean offers an awesome opportunity to catch some waves, learn to surf, or even practice your breaststroke. And for those runners who’ve caught the barefoot running bug, can you think of a better place to get some sand between your toes?
Day 2 Afternoon: Fore! Come on, you know you can fit in a game, especially with more than 30 golf courses within 30 miles of Atlantic City. In fact, the area is fast becoming a new golf mecca, with high-quality courses covering the breadth of golfing capabilities, from novice to pro. Many of our courses are championship-caliber, designed by some of the top course consultants in the country. And if you’re looking for diversity, it lives at the heart of our golf world – ocean courses and bayside links, pine-bordered fairways and pristine greens, challenging bunkers and wind-blown sand dunes.
Day 2 Evening: From Scales and Back Bay Ale House in Historic Gardner’s Basin to the new Chart House at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, in Atlantic City you can dine in style and among the elements at the same time. The Boardwalk has numerous places you can stop and get a bite to eat and people watch all at the same time. The bay area also features restaurants with relaxing atmosphere including the Wonder Bar and Old Waterway Inn.
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Morning: Gardner's Basin, located on New Hampshire Avenue and the bay, is the place to catch cruises and fishing excursions. Hop aboard Cruisin’ 1 for the Morning Skyline cruise, which provides a tour of Atlantic City's ever-changing skyline and calm back bays. Marine Mammal Adventure cruises spot dolphins in summer and includes commentary from an onboard marine naturalist. You can also see the sights in a different way by taking to the sky parasailing.
The "Highroller" also departs from Gardner's Basin for back bay fishing on a 50-foot pontoon boat for a calm-water experience where "Nobody Gets Seasick." There are two trips daily, and private charters are available.
Afternoon: Thrill seekers will definitely want to stop off at Central Pier. Feed your need for speed with Nascar go-carts and hit the gas on this raceway over the Atlantic Ocean. Or, instead of speeding up you can load up and take a crack at "Shoot the Geek" paintball.
Isn’t it time you learned to surf? The AC Surf School teaches young and young at heart at S. Raleigh Avenue in Atlantic City. Then, show off your surfing skills at Crystal Beach at New Hampshire Avenue, Delaware Avenue Beach and Downtown Beach right there at Raleigh Avenue. Kayaking and windsurfing enthusiasts can bring their equipment down to Jackson Avenue beach and spend hours out on the water
Evening: Enjoy a bite to eat on the Boardwalk. Whether you want to walk while you eat famous Boardwalk food like pizza, corndogs or funnel cake, or enjoy a relaxing sit-down meal at any of the restaurants, you’ll find something to suit your taste. Then, head over to The Quarter at Tropicana and take in a movie experience with the only IMAX Theater in Atlantic City. The theater is equipped to show 2D and 3D movies as well as the latest Hollywood event.
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