The Do Anything, Do Everything City

The Atlantic City, New Jersey has a long list of attractive amenities to see and do from award-winning free sandy beaches and historic four-mile Boardwalk, to world-class gaming, dining, golf, shopping, spas, entertainment and iconic events

Deluxe accommodations are at every turn as Atlantic City’s 11 casino hotel resorts offer more than 18,000 luxurious guest rooms, plus there are an additional 2,000 first-class resort hotel guest rooms both on and off the Boardwalk. Each of the resort’s casino hotels offers their own style and theme of gaming and everything from high stakes poker to penny slots to please all types of gamblers.

A year-round destination resort, Atlantic City is alive and growing with exciting attractions. Families will love the iconic Steel Pier, which offers loads of fun with more than 25 themed and extreme rides, games, food and family pub and bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Steel Pier’s three-phase, $102-million renovation project has added 15 new, state-of-the-art rides over the past two years and anticipates a 200-foot observation wheel, complete with 42, fully-enclosed gondolas featuring air conditioning and heat for year-round use in early 2015.

Historic Gardner’s Basin features the popular Atlantic City Aquarium, which is a 14,000-square-foot, three-story marine life educational centre, as well as restaurants with bay-front views and eclectic antique shops. In season, experience the thrill of dolphin-watching or enjoy calm sunset relaxing cruises or plan an exclusive fishing charter.

The greater Atlantic City region is also a big draw for golfers, with 20 championship-calibre courses within a short, 30-minute drive. The courses offer the tranquil beauty of wetlands, stunning bay views, challenging topography with deep ravines, rolling fairways, stretches of sand bunkers, tall pine trees and majestic vineyards. History is a big part of the fabric that makes up the golf landscape that slaps up hard against the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the earliest competitors from the United States heading for the British Open tuned up their games at the area courses. The prestigious and historic Atlantic City Country Club proudly carries the distinctions of “The Birthplace of the Birdie,” as well as being the site where the term “Eagle” was coined. Atlantic City offers a large selection of golf packages that will fit any budget and vacation length.

Atlantic City was recently named The Travel Channel’s “Best Beach Boardwalk” and for good reason. While strolling along the Boardwalk, food is plentiful with many eateries featuring pizza, hot dogs, burgers, soft pretzels, ice cream and the Atlantic City favourite, Salt Water Taffy, along with eclectic shopping and people watching. While on the Boardwalk, be sure to take a ride on an Atlantic City unique “rolling chair,” around since 1887 and a great way to take in the sights and sounds and get a breath of fresh sea air.

When you come to Atlantic City, come hungry because the culinary menu is a delightfully tasty, enticing, eclectic mix of gourmet restaurants with internationally-acclaimed chefs, small family-owned eateries, buffets and instantly-recognisable chain establishments. Whether you’re looking for an upscale restaurant or casual buffet, there are plenty of choices to satiate any picky palate at each of Atlantic City’s 11 casino hotel resorts. Meals from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds can be found at dozens of restaurants throughout the city’s casino resorts.

If you are in the mood for steak or seafood, try Dock’s Oyster House in Ducktown, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Knife and Fork Inn or the Old Waterway Inn in Venice Park. Is Italian your favourite? The Ducktown neighbourhood features Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern and Angeloni’s II, while Tony Baloney’s in the Southeast Inlet is famous for its unique pizza recipes. Do you want a seat near the water? Back Bay Ale House in Historic Gardner’s Basin offers tremendous views of the Marina District and The Wonder Bar boasts a bay front locale. Several popular restaurants opened last year, including Jimmy Buffet’s 400-seat Margaritaville Café, Land Shark Bar & Grill and Five O’Clock Somewhere Bar at Resorts; and Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar, Tony Luke’s, Perry’s Pizza, Casa Taco & Tequila Bar, Marketplace Express and Broadway Burger Bar at Tropicana.

Over 100 Tanger Outlet stores are available for tax free shopping on clothing and shoes in the heart of Atlantic City, including brand names like Nike, Coach, Chico, Hilfiger, H&M, DKNY and more. The Pier Shops at Caesars offers upscale shopping with stores like Burberry, L’Occitane, Apple and Gucci and several restaurants on a pier overlooking the Atlantic Ocean!

In Spring 2015, Bass Pro Shops’ will open an $18 million, 86,000-square-foot outdoorsman super store that will encompass four city blocks in the heart of the downtown shopping district and will feature an elaborate aquarium with native species, boat showroom, an Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill complete with fish-themed bowling lanes.

The arts are alive in Atlantic City with the newly-opened, 16,000-square-foot Stockton Noyes Art Garage featuring a variety of exhibitions ranging from sculpture and paintings to jewellery and glasswork and located adjacent to Tanger Outlets. Interactive Boardwalk art displays and city-wide murals by international curator Lance Fung offer areas of wonder and inspiration throughout the city, while a 1.1-mile Waterfront Sculpture Walk along the bay features spectacular views of the surrounding wildlife and scenery.

In Atlantic City, we know your play is as important as your work. Atlantic City’s reputation for highly personalised attention is no exaggeration. There are a number of spas and salons in town just waiting to indulge you. For pampering, you may want to relax in a curtained cabana on the beach as seagulls, surf and ocean breezes meld into a harmonious accompaniment for the trained masseuse kneading your muscles.

Atlantic City is coasting into summer with a headliner list a mile long. AC’s big news is a FREE summer beach concert by Blake Shelton this summer. Other headliner names include Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton, Bill Cosby, il Divo, Penn & Teller, The Monkees, John Legend, Santana, Lady Gaga, Queen + Adam Lambert, Billy Idol, Smokey Robinson and America. Comedy and magic are always ongoing in area showrooms.

In addition to top name entertainment, historic Boardwalk Hall and area casino hotels offer iconic events like boxing, mixed martial arts and unique and trendy amusements to make your holiday complete.