Some like to refer to Atlantic City as the East Coast's Las Vegas. And, to a certain extent, they are right. Atlantic City is awash in the glitz and glamour of famous casinos, such as Trump's Taj Mahal, and an impressive array of premier entertainment.
But spend more than a single night at the slots, blackjack table or the show, and you'll begin to understand that there's more to this historic stretch of coastline than what can be found indoors and inland.
Here families flock to Atlantic City's wide local beaches, where water activities such as parasailing, fishing, surfing and sand volleyball are the norm. And visitors of all ages enjoy walking and biking the famous (and first-ever) Boardwalk, which offers shopping, saltwater taffy - and a heavy dose of nostalgia. The boardwalk offers access to Steel Pier and its rides, games and food as well.
Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey, provides unprecedented views of the ocean and shoreline. And Atlantic City's golf courses have been rated by major publications as some of the Northeast's best places to play. To experience the excitement and glamour of this prime east coast destination, book your Atlantic City vacation today!
Boardwalk Indulgences. No vacation to Atlantic City is considered official until you sample what the Boardwalk has to offer, be it pizza, pretzels, hot dogs or other classic comfort food.
Gourmet Restaurants. Some of the best restaurants in the state can be found in Atlantic City. From top-notch steakhouses and fresh fish to authentic ethnic restaurants, your hunger for a great meal will be satisfied.
Bring your clubs. The experts know: Atlantic City has some of the best courses in the Northeast just a stone's throw from the casinos and boardwalk. Come play highly rated courses such as Shore Gate Golf Club and Scottish-styled McCullough's Emerald Golf Links.
Atlantic City Miniature Golf. Don't feel like testing your new hybrids? Bring the whole family to an 18-hole course just steps from the casinos - complete with its own elevated greens, waterfalls and sand traps.
Hit the slots. Atlantic City boasts many casinos, from the opulent to super grand to the Wild West and Mardi Gras themed. Some of the more recognizable names on the Jersey Shore are Bally's, Caesars, Harrah's and Trump.
Hit the shows. Home to the Miss America Pageant when just about everyone tuned in, Boardwalk Hall now plays host to a wide variety of entertaining events, including tween pop stars and cage fighting championships. Other venues include the House of Blues, Hilton's Grand Theater and Caesars' Circus Maximus Theater.
Absecon Lighthouse. It's 228 thigh-burning steps to the top for a one-of-kind view of the Jersey shore. Check out the original Fresnal Lens, which first lit up the night in 1857.
Atlantic City Aquarium. Come watch the divers hand-feed the stingrays in the aquarium's 25,000-gallon tank.
Rest your legs. See Atlantic City by Trolley. Fully guided tours make stops at the Absecon Lighthouse, The Historic Towne of Smithville and other interesting locations.
Atlantic City Outlets - The Walk. Top names such as Nautica, Banana Republic, Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger populate this popular shopping center for tourists and locals alike.
The Pier Shops at Caesars. For serious power shopping, look no further than this collection of the best-of-the-best. Luxury goods retailers include Armani, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
The Quarter at Tropicana. This indoor shopping plaza houses 30 shops for your browsing pleasure, and great restaurants for a quick meal in between spending sprees.