Located in the heart of the Northeast and within easy driving distance of a third of the population of the United States, Atlantic City is the gaming capital of the Northeast and one of America’s premier resort and entertainment destinations. Settled in 1783, Atlantic City today has a year-round population of 38,000. Atlantic City is just 11.92 square miles long but boasts many historic firsts, such as being the site of the world’s first Boardwalk and salt-water taffy’s first development. The streets of the famed Monopoly board are named after Atlantic City’s. Atlantic City is 60 miles from Philadelphia, 125 miles from New York and 175 miles from Washington, DC.
GAMING & ENTERTAINMENT
In addition to 24-hour gaming options, Atlantic City offers world-class entertainment with something for everyone! Top acts such as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Kevin Hart, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Pitbull, Cher, Janet Jackson, Penn & Teller, Bob Dylan, Alanis Morissette, Carrie Underwood, Post Malone and Mariah Carey, just to name a few, have all performed in one of Atlantic City’s 9 casinos or other venues. From concerts and boxing to live sporting events, Atlantic City’s Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall has hosted it all. High-voltage nightlife, located both inside and outside the casinos, keeps the action going around the clock.
BEACH & BOARDWALK
The beach is where it all started: pristine sand with healthy salt air and a developer who saw the promise it held. Now Atlantic City is one of the world’s favorite destinations and the beach differentiates it from any other gaming locale. During the summer, these free beaches are guarded by the country’s first lifeguard organization and the water is safe thanks to a stringent State water quality program. Millions of guests stroll, ride a bicycle or tour the Boardwalk in a rolling chair or tram car. The first permanent Boardwalk was built in 1870 as a way to keep sand off of hotel carpets. Today, the Boardwalk is more than four miles in length and 60 feet across at its widest points. The present structure is seated on concrete and steel pilings and constructed of thousands of two-by-fours. The boards are replaced approximately every 12 years due to the immense foot traffic.
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Atlantic City is increasingly becoming known for its thriving culinary scene with some of the top chefs in the industry opening restaurants here. The city offers a stunning array of ethnic options, from authentic Chinese and Vietnamese to great south-of-the-border, Italian and Japanese influences. We have an interesting dichotomy with trendy, eclectic establishments rising alongside home-style ‘mom and pop” locales, classic Boardwalk cuisine and one of America’s greatest spots for a sub sandwich, the White House Sub Shop.
If shopping is your thing, you’ve hit the Jackpot! High-end stores, name brand outlets and traditional Boardwalk options are available in Atlantic City. Tanger Outlets is a 15-city block dining and retail outlet with upscale retailers and downsized prices. At the heart of it is the 86,000 square foot Bass Pro Shops where all your sporting and outdoor needs are met. The Quarter at Tropicana, offers 200,000 square feet of retail, dining, entertainment and spa options. Additional diverse shopping can be found along the Boardwalk and throughout the city’s casinos.
Having been ranked among the Top Ten Golf Cities in America by ForbesTraveler.com, Atlantic City is one of the East Coast’s premier golfing destinations with numerous championship-caliber courses surrounding the Atlantic City area, providing a challenge to novice and advanced golfers alike. Besides lining the ocean and bay with pristine greens and pine-bordered fairways, many courses are designed by some of the top course consultants in the country. Some courses making up the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association include: Atlantic City Country Club, Ballamor Golf Club, Blue Heron Pines, Harbor Pines, The Links at Brigantine, McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links, Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Twisted Dunes and Shore Gate Golf Club.
ARTS & CULTURE
The Atlantic City area is full of history and locations to celebrate it. Among them: Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University, the Civil Rights Garden and the New Jersey Korean War Memorial. Other notable sites off the Boardwalk include: Absecon Lighthouse, Historic Gardner’s Basin, nearby historic villages, wineries, zoos and more.
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