When it comes to fun, pure entertainment and plenty of dining options, Atlantic City comes to mind. This popular attraction has a 200 km sandy beach dotted with numerous resorts and casinos. The area is also known for its 6.4 km long promenade. And then there are the piers, especially the old-fashioned rides, and the carnival games that make it one of the best places to spend the summer holidays. Visitors can also enjoy the refreshing sea breeze or indulge in many thrilling sports activities. With so many activities to choose from, it doesn’t take long to see why it was once called Monopoly City. Read on to discover some of the best things to do and places to eat while visiting Atlantic City.
Steel Pier Amusement Park
Once billed as “the nation’s showcase,” Steel Pier Amusement Park is arguably one of Atlantic City’s most popular attractions. It was first opened in 1898 but was later destroyed by fire in 1982. Currently the attraction offers fun and exciting rides like Rock-n-Roll, Ferris Wheel and Drop and the Slingshot . This location is perfect for enjoying the spectacular views of the surrounding shores. Those looking to enjoy a much higher view of the beach can opt for helicopter rides.
- Ticket: Single tickets cost $1 and ticket books range between $40 and $60.
- Opening hours: 12:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Saturday); 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Sunday); and 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (Monday)
If the thrilling rides at Steel Pier Amusement Park can be too overwhelming, try climbing the 228 steps to New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse (171 feet tall), which was originally designed by George Meade in 1857. In addition to Basking in the impressive views of the Atlantic City skyline, the original 12,800 pound premium Fresnel lens can still be seen. Thanks to its recent facelift, the lighthouse now includes an educational museum and gift shop. There is also a replica of the lighthouse keeper’s dwelling and extensive grounds. Interestingly, the attraction hosts a night program for scouts, a winter arts program for children, and special events.
- Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Thursday to Monday)
Beach at Atlantic City
Close to amenities such as restaurants, shopping, and amusement parks, Atlantic City Beach is a great place to relax and soak up the sun. There’s no place like this to nurse weary limbs after strolling around popular attractions. Relax on the sunny beach and enjoy the cooling sea breeze. But those who like to add some fun to their visit can find an eclectic range of water activities, which is one of the reasons tourists come here. From surfing to kayaking to fishing, there are plenty of leisure activities to suit everyone. And for the little ones, there is also bodyboarding and wave jumping. Some convenient facilities include restaurants, sports shops that sell gear, showers and changing rooms. For safety, there are always lifeguards around.
- Lifeguards: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
What to eat in Atlantic City?
When visiting Atlantic City, you can never go home without feeling full. This place has a wide range of dining options. From fresh funnel cakes to savory fries, there’s an endless list of things to eat here. Those looking for a more casual atmosphere can try one of the restaurants located outside the casinos and the boardwalk. These places are popular for their delicious seafood. We recommend Dock’s Oyster House, where you can enjoy raw sea bass or classic chowders. Want Italian dishes? So consider visiting Chef Vola for authentic Italian dishes at an affordable price.
Families with children can opt for the Rainforest Café to enjoy a variety of dishes, including burgers, fish tacos and the Volcano signature dessert. The restaurant also offers entertainment for children. While some regular restaurants to consider are Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Landshark Bar and Grill. And for classic and chic dining options, consider eating at the upscale restaurants established by celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Geoffrey Zakarian.
- Dock’s Oyster House opening hours: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Rainforest Café opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Chef Vola opening hours: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tips: Every summer, one can enjoy free concerts at Kennedy Plazza or on the boardwalk at Mississippi Ave. Those who love jazz can consider the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Concert Series in July and August.
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