When you think of American casinos, there are probably two places that come to mind. Las Vegas and Atlantic City. With a rich history, Atlantic City is the east coast’s number one gambling and night life destination. The casinos are one big draw for Atlantic City but there are actually a number of things to do in AC that have nothing to do with craps or slots. Yes, most of these things are at casino resorts but there’s more to do than play cards and drink free mixed drinks.
The Playground Pier
Nightlife, shopping and fine dining is what you’ll find on the 900-foot pier at Caesars Playground. Imagine the excitement and atmosphere of Beale St. in Memphis and Broadway in Nashville then add in the one thing those iconic streets don’t have…the ocean. That is what TStreet; the Playground Pier has to offer.
If you’re not a fan of gambling or lying on the beach, there still something for you in Atlantic City. The Borgata offers amazing waterfront rooms with ocean views, but the real attraction is a spa and six different swimming pools. You can have all the water fun and relaxation you want without venturing onto the sand.
The Steel Pier is not a casino, nor is it a resort. Basically it is an old fashioned amusement park located on a pier over the ocean. With more than 25 exciting rides, arcade and lots of food as well as kiddie rides and double decker Ferris wheel everyone in the family will have an amazing time. Most evenings there’s some form of live music, dancing, and other activities.
The east coast of the United States is home to many historic lighthouses. Atlantic City is home to the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the country’s third tallest lighthouse. The Absecon Lighthouse is 171 feet tall and more than 150 years old. You can actually climb to the top of the lighthouse and look out on the beautiful Atlantic City skyline. Atlantic City history will come to life when you visit the lighthouse keepers lodging and museum.
No matter what you decide to do in Atlantic City, you are sure to make some memories. Casinos, resorts, amusement parks, beaches and shopping are just some of the things to do in Atlantic City, and one trip may not be enough, especially if you only have a weekend planned.
Are you a regular at Atlantic City? What would you add to our list?