By Carissa Hickok
Say “Atlantic City” and the very first thing anyone will think? Casinos. But casinos are not the only thing in Atlantic City - there is the beach, the stores, the restaurants, and the entertainment. If you like crowds, then holiday weekends from May (Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer) to September are the best times to visit Atlantic City. If you prefer the quieter side of things, then go on a weekday during the summer months or visit during spring or fall. If you visit during winter, the water may be too cold but the boardwalk is still open!
Adults and children come to enjoy Atlantic City’s beaches and boardwalk. Besides sunbathing and swimming, you can fish, parasail, or surf. There are also dolphin watching cruises. The boardwalk is lined with shops and places to get food to carry back to the beach. Biking on the boardwalk is a popular activity. Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey. You can walk to the top for an amazing view of your surroundings. Shop your heart out at the Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City or at the Playground, a shopping mall and event center that connects to Caesars via skybridge. If you are visiting with children during the summer or fall, spend some time at the Steel Pier amusement park. You can also take a helicopter ride here for a view of Atlantic City from up above.
Off the boardwalk is also Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium. With fourteen themed galleries, this museum boasts over 400 strange artifacts and exhibits from around the globe, e.g., the smallest car and shrunken heads. Have fun in the laser maze challenge where the maze is lit up by laser beams. With 12,000 square feet of space, there will be no shortage of entertainment and amusement for children and adults. This museum is open daily and tickets are $16.99 for adults and $10.99 for children ages 5-12.
From the beach, you will need to drive to the Borgata as it is located a couple miles from the ocean. Borgata is one of the more luxurious casinos known for its game variety as well as spacious and clean rooms and houses some delicious fine dining restaurants like Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille. Pamper yourself at the Immersion Spa or Spa Toccare. Enjoy a drink or two at one of the bars or lounges conveniently located in the Borgata.
Clearly, casinos are popular, but there is more to Atlantic City. Check it out for yourself!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.