Why Go To Atlantic City
Take a typical Jersey Shore beach vacation – complete with a boardwalk and souvenir shops – throw in a little Las Vegas, and you have Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since the legalization of gambling in the city in the late 1970s, Atlantic City (or just AC) has attracted visitors who mostly want to try their luck at the tables and occasionally want to lounge on the beach. Now, luxury hotels, hopping nightclubs and upscale shops are spiffing up AC's street cred as a beach vacation. No, you won't find Vegas' class and panache in Atlantic City nor will you find the pristine sands of a Florida beach, but if you're looking for a destination that provides a fairly good mix of the two, AC might just be the place for you.
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.
Atlantic City is ranked as:
#8 in Best Day Trips from New York CIty
Best Things To Do In Atlantic City
Most of the activity in Atlantic City is centered around the beach and the 4-mile-long boardwalk, which is lined with casinos. Branching off the boardwalk are piers, which offer kid-friendly alternatives. Steel Pier, with old-fashioned amusement rides and carnival games, is especially popular. There are a few novelty-specific attractions visitors will find in Atlantic City as well, including Lucy the Margate Elephant and Storybook Land.
Atlantic City Travel Tips
Cover up - Most casinos and lounges have strict dress codes at night. Be sure to check with the establishment you're visiting before heading out.
Watch your pockets - Theft and pickpocketing throughout Atlantic City is common. So, don't be flashy and keep a close eye on purses and slot tickets.
Stay on the boardwalk - Though the city is generally safe during the day, you shouldn't wander too far off the beaten path, especially after dark. Avoid walking behind the casinos and on the beach at night.
Winter in Atlantic City - The cheapest time to visit AC is during the winter months, especially in the middle of the week. You'll miss out on the beaches, but the casinos and most restaurants are open year-round.
Take advantage of casino promos - Check with individual casinos for promotions. Many offer club cards, discounts and other perks year-round.