Casino resorts and Boardwalk are the main attractions here. Atlantic City and Ventnor Boardwalks combined make it among the longest boardwalk in the world. This is the place to entertain the whole family, indoor and outdoor, early morning till late night.
Whether you are a historian or tourist, the Atlantic City Historical Museum is the perfect spot to get started. Find out about Atlantic City's early beginnings. For more current information on city's accommodations, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, there is a tourist information center at the Boardwalk Hall , more notably the historic landmark where famous events such as the Miss America pageant has taken place. Then add some creativity and imagination to your day by visiting the Atlantic City Art Center . Or, if you have had enough history and local culture, drop by the Trump Taj Mahal casino for gambling at its finest.
During baseball season, spend an afternoon watching the Atlantic City Surf by the Lakes Bay at Sandcastle Baseball Stadium . Kick back, grab some ball-park food and let the games begin.
Check out some peculiar destinations like Absecon Lighthouse , one of the largest in the U.S. You can also stay at The Dr. Jonathan Pitney House , a B&B and home of the city's founder. For a more conventional route, get comedy or concert tickets at the Borgata Music Box . Do not worry too much about reserving seats in advance because the venue holds up to 1000 people.
Downtown and Midtown
Discover a variety of flavors with tons of diverse restaurants, like the Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar and Los Amigos for some Caribbean and Latin specialties. If you happen to be shopping at The Walk outlet mall and need a break, Cavo Crepe Cafe has a full menu of sweet and savory treats. One of the most popular restaurants in town is Dock's Oyster House , a great place for seafood. However, some like it raw, so in that case swing by Moon at Dynasty for sushi and late-night cocktails. When you have had enough to eat, catch a show or exhibition at Atlantic City Convention Center . Then dance the night away at one of the city's hottest clubs Providence Atlantic City .
Set sail with Atlantic City Cruises where dolphin watching is a favorite past time. If you want a more close-up encounters visit the Atlantic City Aquarium . When hunger strikes, Back Bay Ale House not only serves micro-brewed beer, but seafood, steaks and burgers with a great view of the water. When the sun sets and the tide is up ride the The Wave , a casual spot for good drinks music and dancing.
Wine and dine with a romantic meal at Knife & Fork Inn . Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort , also offer elegant first-class restaurants and accommodations with astonishing views of the boardwalk. From outdoor rock climbing, pool and spa, and lavish fitness rooms to the 60,000 square foot casino floor, you will have plenty to keep you busy.
Outside the City
With so much excitement in the city Ventnor Beach is a great ways to get away from all the hurly burly. The whole family will enjoy Ocean City Parasailing with no experience necessary. Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park will keep the teens preoccupied all day, but for the younger ones who do not always make the minimum height requirement for those treacherous rollercoasters Storybook Land is a safer bet. Last but not least, don't forget the Cape May Gingerbread Tour by Trolley , also known as "America's Oldest Seaside Resort."
Atlantic City may be known for its gambling and beaches, but sooner or later, you are going to want to eat! But you will not just be eating - you will be dining in style. Whatever your appetites may be, you are sure to find some spectacular and diverse dining options in eclectic Atlantic City.
The most bustling area of Atlantic City is The Boardwalk . Lined with casinos and hotels, it is easy to find a place to dine in between gambling and sun bathing. Try out the Cafe Beach Club for superb Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Jumbo Lump Crab Imperial. If it's Mediterranean cuisine you're after, make sure you drop by the OPA Bar & Grille and try their Piediekia (Baby Lamb Chops). You'll be shouting "Opa" in no time!
If you are tired of all the activity on the Boardwalk, head over to Chelsea where you will find yourself pleasantly surprised with a savory, heart-warming meal at the Knife & Fork Inn , established in 1912. You won't want to miss out on their gourmet steak and seafood recipes. For something simpler try White House Sub Shop , regulars claim they are best sub sandwiches in Atlantic City.
If you want to eat like a local, go to Goodfellows and you will not be disappointed. Their menu varies from gourmet burgers and steaks to Italian, the food is always good and the prices are always right. If you're looking for some fresh fish, check out Dune. Their menu changes with the catch of day but always includes an extensive selection of oysters from around the world as well as an enticing variety of globally inspired gourmet seafood dishes.
Downtown and Midtown
Cannot decide what you are in the mood for? Head to the Quarter at the Tropicana , with twenty restaurants under one roof you cannot go wrong. Enjoy the vintage Cuban atmosphere of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar , take a trip to Imperial Russia at Red Square , or enjoy an American A-list classic at The Palm . Save some room for Brûlee , a truly decadent desert only destination. Dine like an emperor at Mia in Caesar's, then head over to Moon at Dynasty in the Trump Taj for a "saki-tini" or late night sushi snack. One of Atlantic City's most popular restaurants, Dock's Oyster House , has been serving up hearty steak and seafood dishes since 1897.
If you have had a long day of shopping at The Walk and need a break, stop in for a panino and a smoothie at Cavo Crepe Cafe , or try Los Amigos for margaritas and crab quesedillas.
Whether you are in the mood for steaks, stir-fry, crab legs or pizza, the Trump Marina has you covered. Their diverse array of restaurants, open at all hours of the day, are sure to satisfy every craving you might have even at three in the morning. If you are in the mood for some live music while you eat, check out The Deck where good food and good times await.
If you are tired of all the activity on the Boardwalk, head over to Chelsea where you will find yourself pleasantly surprised with a savory, heart-warming meal at the Knife & Fork Inn , established in 1912. You will not want to miss out on their gourmet steak and seafood recipes. For something simpler try White House Sub Shop , regulars claim they are best sub sandwiches in Atlantic City.
Where pirates, privateers and whalers once roamed the docks, you can now enjoy a meal in Atlantic City's historic maritime village, Gardner's Basin. Located right on the water, relax and toast the sunset on the outside deck at Back Bay Ale House .
Outside the City
There are a number of nice dining options just beyond the maddening crowds of Atlantic City. A Touch Of Italy provides family friendly Italian favorites with a great wine list to match. Enjoy steak and seafood specialties while watching the sun go down at Wonder Bar , a calming getaway situated right on the water. Historic Smithville & Village Greene also boasts plenty of cafes and restaurants for you to dine and relax in a colonial atmosphere.
From the liveliness of the Boardwalk and the Jersey Shore, to the laid-back charm of Cape May and the Tuckerton Seaport, Atlantic City has much to offer every visitor.
Atlantic City Historical Museum
Unbeknownst to many, Atlantic City had a past well before the advent of Donald Trump. At Tuckerton Seaport , visitors can catch a glimpse of the rich maritime traditions once commonplace in this now-gaming-centric city. Charming as nautical memories may be, Atlatnic City's tourism angle simply cannot be denied. The Atlantic City Historical Museum picks up where the seaport leaves off, telling the tale of the rise of the resort mentality. Going in the other direction, Atlantic City Aquarium takes a look at some positively prehistoric aspects of Atlantic City's environs. Here, kids of all ages can marvel at the magic and mystery of the deep. Close to the Aqaurium, you'll find N.O.W. , which stands for "Noodles of the World," and Back Bay Ale House , a popular option for its sunset views.
Remnants of Atlantic City's party-pier past persist at plenty of locations throughout the city, but none moreso than at the Boardwalk , which is filled with shops and restaurants that tourists and locals love to frequent. The Atlantic City Bar & Grill is famous for it is fast service and surf'n'turf, while the OPA Bar & Grille has Mediterranean food and cheap drinks. Gillian's Wonderland Pier is a veritable paradise for ride-happy kiddies and junk-food addicts of all ages. Steel Pier ups the ante with a few more rides of the "thrill" variety. Try not to lose your lunch as the Tilt-a-Whirl tilts and whirls you out over the churning Atlantic Ocean below. Don't have the stomach for thrills and chills? One Atlantic City mainstay might be just the ticket. Also on this strip is the Atlantic City Art Center and Ripley's Believe It or Not , which both house interesting exhibitions and displays.
While it's true that Atlantic City's Boardwalk stretches for miles and miles and miles, it doesn't even begin to cover the considerable breadth of the Jersey Shore. The Shore extends well beyond Atlantic City, and along its reach you will find innumerable classic vacation destinations. To the north lies the sleepy seaside community of Asbury Park, made famous by its favorite son, Bruce Springsteen. The Boss made his mark at the Stone Pony , a modest rock club still serving music lovers young and old today. Stop in for a small taste of rock'n'roll's past and perhaps a helping of its future as well. Offering shoppers many options for a spree is the Shore Mall .
Cape May County Park and Zoo
South of Atlantic City is historic Cape May, on the banks of the Delaware Bay. Something of a resort town in the days before resort towns, Cape May was long a favorite haunt of discriminating vacationers from all over the region. Today, curious parties can take in the sights and sounds of the place via Gingerbread Trolley . Hop on, tour the village, and better know this storied locale known as the Jersey Shore. The Cape May County Park and Zoo is also on Cape May. With 200 acres/81 hectares, it holds over 500 different kinds of animals. The nearby restaurant Bobby Dee's Rock'n Chair serves fresh, local seafood dishes.
Historic Smithville and Village Greene
There are other things to do that lay outside the city. The Historic Smithville & Village Greene north of Atlantic City in Galloway is a charming colonial town that has many restaurants and shops. Be sure to stop into the friendly Goodfellows , where the drinks are strong and reasonably-priced. Or take a short drive to Absecon Lighthouse , the third largest lighthouse in the country, where you can catch stunning views of the bay. The Renault Winery Gourmet Restaurant is an excellant dining option nearby. Their seasonal menu always contains fresh, healthy options, while the food at A Touch Of Italy is more child-friendly.
There is so much to see and do in Atlantic City and beyond, that some opt for going on a tour to make sure they get to see everything.
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