Atlantic City Travel Guide


Atlantic City Boardwalk
Opened in 1870 as a mile-long stretch of convenience and recreation along the white-sand beaches of Atlantic City, the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk has long been the hub of entertainment for America's favorite playground. Even without the famous diving horse of years ago (yes, a horse and rider would actually dive off a high platform into an above-ground pool to the amusement of countless onlookers), the Boardwalk is teeming with things to see and do, including a slew of ethnic restaurants and eateries, galleries and museums, live music venues and countless shopping options.

Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
The historic Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall is the premier sports and family entertainment facility in southern New Jersey. The result of a $100 million state-subsidized renovation project, Boardwalk Hall plays host to more than 120 events annually. Entertainment here ranges from family shows, ice shows, the New Jersey State Wrestling Championships and a variety of concerts with acts ranging from Andrea Bocelli to Brittany Spears. The Boardwalk Hall is also home to the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, an ECHL team which plays thirty-six home games from October through March.

Atlantic City Convention Center
Located within a day's drive of 1/3 of America's population, the Atlantic City Convention Center is a prime location for conventions, meetings, trade shows and more. The center has 500,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, as well as 45 meeting rooms totaling 109,000 square feet of spacious meeting space. State-of-the-art technology for voice, data and video communications are available. The Convention Center also offers a 1,400-space indoor parking garage, and 29 convenient loading docks. In addition, 8,000 committable hotel rooms - 16,000 hotel rooms in total - are available. Enjoy your time off in the restaurant and lounge. And don't forget, the Convention Center is just a few blocks from all the casino action of Atlantic City. The AC Convention Center is easily accessible by air, New Jersey Transit, rail, or road.

Atlantic City Laser Lighthouse
The Atlantic City Laser Lighthouse greets visitors as they enter the city via the Atlantic City Expressway. The structure is a symbol for the city's rededication to once again becoming an aesthetically attractive tourist destination. After several decades of dilapidation, America's Favorite Playground has finally found the path to improvement and has commenced the on-going process of cleaning up city streets, adding more parks and gardens, and complimenting the glitzy casino skyline with more subtle treasures scattered throughout the city, such as the Laser Lighthouse. Each night beginning at dusk the Lighthouse transforms from a stark white edifice into an illuminated spectacle hued in a variety of colors. Laser Light shows are projected both from and on the Lighthouse, with different shows exhibited throughout the night. In truth, the Lighthouse is something one might admire for a fleeting moment in passing. It is not the type of attraction to be sought out while on vacation in Atlantic City, but it is worth noting on your way into town.

Atlantic City Surf Baseball
The Atlantic City Surf Baseball team has become one of the biggest attractions in town. The club represents America's Favorite Playground in the ever-growing Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs (or the "AL"), which began play in 1998.
The Surf plays their home games in the specifically built Sandcastle Stadium, now one of the most recognizable structures in the area. A $14.5 million, 5,900-seat minor league baseball stadium, the Sandcastle's field and seating bowl are carefully constructed to provide great sun orientation for both players and guests, in addition to providing wonderful views of the dramatic Atlantic City skyline. All guest amenities, such as concession stands and the gift store, are situated along a wide concourse that overlooks the playing field at the top of the seating bowl.

Batsto Historic Village
Batsto Village, now a part of Wharton State Forrest, was established in the late 1700's as a bog iron and glass making industrial center (1766 - 1876). Currently it reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed at the site in the late 19th century.

Lenape Park & Carousel
Lenape park boasts a clean sandy beach with calm and clean waters of beautiful Lake Lenape for swimming, boating, tubing and water skiing, shaded Picnic and BBQ areas, covered pavilions, amusement rides, covered miniature golf, playground emporium and lots of court sports including: volleyball, basketball, tennis, horseshoes and softball.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is responsible to rescue, rehabilitate, and release stranded or otherwise distressed marine mammals (whales, dolphins, and seals) and sea turtles that come ashore along the New Jersey coast. Visitors can watch as professionals tend to the animals as well as visit the museum and gift shop which are housed in a 1930's era coast guard station boat house.

Wheaton Village
Wheaton Village is a large cultural arts center which features various glass and craft demonstrations, a museum, stores and a half-scale model stationed at the restored 1880 Palermo train station which takes visitors on a scenic ride through the Pinelands.

Tuckerton Seaport
Tuckerton Seaport is dedicated to preserving, presenting and interpreting the rich maritime history, heritage, and environment of the Jersey Shore and the unique contributions of its Baymen.

Towne of Historic Smithville
The Towne of Historic Smithville is a quaint little town in southern New Jersey, near Atlantic City, where the sounds of yesteryear are very much alive. Walk along the cobblestone and brick paths and return to the 1700's. There are over 60 fine shops and several fine restaurants.

Storybook Land
Storybook Land offers 20 acres of great family entertainment. The timelessness of childhood will ring true as your family literally walks through its all-time favorite stories and nursery rhymes at Storybook Land.

Stockton Performing Arts Center
Located at the Richard Stockton College, the Stockton Performing Arts Center is a premier center for the performing arts offering programs in music, dance, theater, and family events.

Ripley's Believe it or not Museum
Ripley's Believe it or not Museum houses strange and unusual exhibits from Robert Ripley’s travels. The Museum also features a variety of films and an interactive funhouse.

The Noyes Museum of Art
Building upon the core of the Fred and Ethel Noyes Collection, the museum collects, preserves and exhibits, American fine art, crafts and folk art with an emphasis on New Jersey artists and folk art forms, reflecting the area's long traditions, landscape and culture.

Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre
The ACBT has been in existence since 1982 and performs extensively in the Atlantic City area at the Casino-Hotels and colleges. In addition to an exciting repertoire, they present special children's performances as well as a number of lecture demonstrations in local schools.

Ocean Life Center
Ocean Life Center offers eight tanks totaling 29,800 gallons of aquariums, exhibiting more than 100 varieties of fish and marine animals, 10 exhibits featuring themes on the marine and maritime environment. Each exhibit features computer-enhanced information stations for self-tours in addition to a 16-station Ocean Life Education Center for personal, in-depth exploration.

Atlantic City Cruises
Atlantic City Cruises offers daily skyline, marine mammal, and calm water cruise adventures.

Atlantic City Historical Museum
The Atlantic City Historical Museum is committed to preserving the rich history of this one-of-a-kind seaside resort. The permanent exhibition, 'Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation', displays artifacts, costumes, posters, photographs, song sheets, postcards, souvenirs, and an array of Miss America memorabilia.

Lucy the Elephant
A National Historic Landmark, Lucy was constructed in the late 1800's by James V. Lafferty. Standing 65 feet tall and weighting 90 tons, Lucy once served as a hotel, summer home and tavern. The structure now serves as a museum.

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