With its rich history, rejuvenated attractions, and picturesque beaches along the iconic Jersey Shore, there isn’t really a bad time to embark on a memorable journey to Atlantic City, the gaming and resort capital of the East Coast. From celebrity-chef restaurants and incredible Italian food to thrilling amusements, cultural landmarks to world-class entertainment, this seaside city is constantly evolving for a mix of modern and Atlantic City’s famous former glory.
Things to do in Atlantic City
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Walk the Famous Boardwalk
No visit to Atlantic City is complete without a leisurely stroll along the legendary Boardwalk. As the first boardwalk in the United States, it holds a special place in American history. Construction on the Boardwalk began in 1870, and since then, it has become an iconic symbol of Atlantic City. On any given day you can take in the sea breeze, see the stunning ocean vistas, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that only the Boardwalk can offer. Don’t forget to buy some old-school salt water taffy in one of the candy shops.
Visit Steel Pier
While you’re on the Boardwalk, walk over to Steel Pier to experience AC’s oldest theme park for some games and rides, like the fourth highest ferris wheel in the US. First opened in 1898, this historic landmark has delighted visitors for generations. Today, the pier offers a plethora of amusements, thrilling rides, and games of chance for all ages. Experience the nostalgia of a bygone era as you enjoy the lively atmosphere and the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Steel Pier: 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Spiegelworld “The Hook” Experience
Spiegelworld is an entertainment company renowned for its incredible adult-only shows. The Hook is Spiegelworld’s latest Atlantic City exclusive creation, housed within the beautiful and historic Warner Theatre. If you haven’t seen any of the group’s other shows in Las Vegas (and, frankly, even if you have), prepare to be dazzled. The cast features international performers and is directed by one of Britain’s leading comedy directors.
The Hook: 1909 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Lucky Snake Arcade
Also at Showboat, Lucky Snake Arcade is an adrenaline-pumping adventure. Spanning 60,000 square feet, the arcade features over 300 games and an indoor go-kart race track. Pro-tip: wear comfortable clothing like pants and closed-toe shoes for maximum enjoyment.
Lucky Snake Arcade: 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Nola’s Bar & Lounge
When the sun sets, Atlantic City comes alive with its nightlife, and Nola’s Bar & Lounge is at the heart of the action. Located on the casino floor of Ocean Casino Resort, this venue hosts local New Jersey talent and is perfect for music lovers and cocktail enthusiasts to jam out with the artists performing.
Nola’s Bar & Lounge: 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
It’s not a trip to Atlantic City without a night at one of the clubs. Located in the luxurious Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Premier Nightclub offers an unparalleled nightlife experience. Top-name industry DJs who know how to keep the party going always perform here. From the moment you enter, get ready to dance the night away.
Premier Nightclub: Casino & Spa, Borgata Hotel, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
For some family fun, make a splash at the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, located within the Showboat Hotel. Opened in summer 2023, Island Waterpark boasts the largest indoor waterpark and beachfront as a 120,000-square-foot attraction, guaranteeing a fun destination all-year round. Island Waterpark includes numerous slides, a lazy river, epic surfing on a Flowrider, an adult-only section, and more.
Island Waterpark: 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Little Water Distillery
Looking for something on the local side that’s a boozy, but educational experience? Make your way to Little Water Distillery, where history and spirits blend seamlessly. The distillery hosts cocktail tastings and explains the distilling process to the variety of spirits they make. If you’re a fan of chocolate or espresso martinis, definitely order one here. After, buy a bottle (or two) onsite to bring home a delightful memento of your time in Atlantic City that you’ll enjoy long after you make it home.
Little Water Distillery: Enter from, 807 Baltic Avenue, Lexington Ave unit b, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Grab a seat on the 360-degree rotating floor of Carousel Bar inside Bally’s while sipping on fun cocktails. Yes, the floor actually turns, and no, you won’t get sick while enjoying your drink. The Carousel Bar is a must-visit for cocktail enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable night.
Carousel Bar: 1900 Pacific Ave Lobby Level, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Where to eat in Atlantic City
Hash House A Go Go: Start your day with a hearty meal inside Tropicana. This popular restaurant brings its concept from Indiana to Atlantic City with ginormous portions of food like flapjacks, omelets, mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, and more.
Hash House A Go Go: 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Harper’s: For a glorious brunch experience, head to the Ocean Casino Resort. Voted the “Best Breakfast” by Casino Player Magazine, this premier establishment is renowned for its delectable brunch options. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely order the decadent Bourbon Sticky Bun for the table.
Harper’s: 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Good Dog Bar: This a recent addition to the city’s growing dining and drinks scene originally hails from Philadelphia. The two-story, fully renovated building offers a combination of food and drinks surrounded by adorable pictures of dogs all over the walls.
Good Dog Bar: 3426 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
The Yard: Experience a chill beer garden-style venue at The Yard, located in Bally’s. This spot offers gastro-pub comfort food with beer from local and national brewers. Sit in the lounge-style seating and enjoy live entertainment on their indoor and outdoor stages.
The Yard: Boardwalk Level, 1900 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Rhythm and Spirits: If you’re craving an Italian-American twist with a touch of global inspiration, this is the place to be. The menu features an array of cocktails and food like pasta, pizza, and sandwiches. After your meal, step into the cool cocktail club for a handcrafted drink or enjoy the tropical secret garden.
Rhythm and Spirits: 129 S Tennessee Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
American Bar & Grille: If you’re looking for a dining experience that combines sophistication with a casual ambiance, this is the perfect choice. Found in Borgata, this contemporary restaurant run by chef Aram Mardigian incorporates the Garden States’s fresh produce like tomatoes and corn and promises to elevate your dining experience.
American Bar & Grille: Casino & Spa, Borgata Hotel, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Nobu: A new addition to Caesars Atlantic City, the famous restaurant chain, Nobu offers East Coast oceanfront views while enjoying the famous Japanese fusion menu.
Nobu: 2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
B-Prime: Come here for a modern take on the classic steakhouse. Another fine dining restaurant located at Borgata, this contemporary steakhouse guarantees delicious food and possibly one of the best cacio e pepes in the city.
B-Prime: 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Old Homestead Steak House: Recently reopened, this is the second location of one of the oldest steakhouses in the country. Found in the Borgata, treat yourself to a classic steak and raise a glass to a memorable evening of fine dining.
Old Homestead Steak House: 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Where to stay in Atlantic City
There are many great Atlantic City Airbnbs to choose from, though you can’t go wrong staying on-site at one of the resort casinos below.
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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
For a luxurious experience, staying at one of Borgata’s incredible hotel rooms is a must. Open for two decades, the resort recently finished a $55 million remodel and rebranding of The Water Club Tower to the MGM Tower so the rooms are brand new. With a wide range of room options and amenities, including a spa, restaurants like B Prime and American Bar & Grille, nightlife like Premier and casinos, Borgata offers the ultimate resort experience without ever having to leave the property.
Caesars Atlantic City
This iconic hotel brand recently invested $400 million into its Atlantic City experience, which includes upgrades to its rooms and amenities, including new restaurants like Nobu AC. Whether you’re looking for a standard room or a luxurious suite, Caesars Atlantic City offers a variety of room types to accommodate different budgets and preferences. Enjoy the convenience of easy access to the boardwalk and beach as well as seeing Spiegelworld’s “The Hook.”
Ocean Casino Resort
Ocean Casino Resort recently invested $85 million to update its property, which includes over 400 new rooms and suites across 10 new floors. The resort boasts a wide range of dining options, including upscale restaurants and casual eateries. Indulge in the onsite amenities like the luxurious Exhale Spa + Bathhouse, premier gaming, or partying at the beach club, HQ2.
How to get to Atlantic City
If you’re flying in, the Atlantic City International Airport is just 12 miles outside the city. For anyone located in the tri-state area, Atlantic City is only an hour away from Philadelphia and 2.5 hours from New York City, making it an easily accessible destination for a weekend getaway.
Train service via NJ Transit is another option, with a terminal located near the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Once you arrive, it’s easy to get around. While walking is an option, keep in mind that some resorts can be far apart even if they look close. If you prefer not to walk, there are rideshares or jitneys (small buses), which are the most convenient and affordable mode of transportation around town. The Jitney Association consists of almost 200 individual vehicles that operate all day, every day, ensuring you can easily get from one place to another.