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One Day in Atlantic City

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Best known for its boardwalk and its casinos, Atlantic City is a great destination for a day of "play." Enjoy a good dose of sea air and a spot of retail therapy while strolling the boardwalk, and then head into the casinos with grand ambitions to win big on the slot machines (and hopefully spend your winnings on a steak at an Atlantic City institution).

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks

The Continental

Restaurants

The Playground at Caesars

Shopping Malls

Steel Pier Amusement Park

Theme Parks

Atlantic City Historical Museum

Speciality Museums

Tanger Outlets

Factory Outlets, Shopping Malls

Tropicana Casino

Casinos

AC 3-D Light Show

Performances

Knife & Fork Inn

Restaurants

Stephen C's City Tips

  • Adult drinks from the casino waitresses are free if you are playing, but remember to tip.
  • The historic boardwalk is still the heart of the AC action, lined with casinos, restaurants, and a variety of other entertainments.
  • There are a few casinos and hotels that are located away from the boardwalk. To reach them, you can use the Atlantic City Jitney, which stops regularly at most casinos.
  • Atlantic City Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Stephen C Says:

    The famed boardwalk is one of the main reasons that many people visit Atlantic City. Built in 1870, America's first boardwalk has been the subject of songs, appeared in movies, inspired the board game Monopoly, and most recently featured in the popular show, 'Boardwalk Empire.' All for good reason. To this day, the smell of the ocean, a light breeze, assorted entertainers, and quirky souvenir shops selling saltwater taffy all make for an enjoyable wander along the strip.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Beach Goer
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The rickshaw-esque rolling chairs are a boardwalk tradition. Go for a spin if you get tired of walking!
    • ARTLANTIC is an project that brings art to vacant spaces. Keep your eyes peeled along the boardwalk for cool installations.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • All time greatest boardwalk. 20/03/2019
    • Go in the Summer 19/03/2019
    • Atlantic City Boardwalk
    Phone:
    +1 609-348-7100
    Other:
  • The Continental
    Restaurants (Bar)
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    Stephen C Says:

    After you've worked up an appetite, stop at The Continental for a leisurely lunch or brunch. Located in the Pier Shops at Caesars this restaurant has a fun vibe, with a squat ’50s facade that feels something like a summer lodge. The lunch menu features an array of classic and casual sandwiches and salads, as well as some unique small plate options, such as cheesesteak egg rolls.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The exterior of the restaurant, with its fire pit and "creek," is a lovely place to sit, and a good vantage point to watch people walking through the mall.
    • Save room for dessert! They are creative and delightful.
    • Brunch, served on weekends only, is also an excellent meal to enjoy here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 295 restaurants in Atlantic City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for lunch 13/03/2019
    • Great food and a great price 11/03/2019
    • The Continental
    Address:
    1 Atlantic Ocean
    The Pier Shops Caesars
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6689
    Phone:
    +1 609-674-8300
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri
    11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Playground at Caesars
    Shopping Malls
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    Stephen C Says:

    Long a haven of high-end shoppers, the Pier Shops at Caesars is in a bit of a transitional period, as is much of the AC at the moment. Many of the shops may be shuttered, but this windowed mall on the pier is still a lovely place to spend a bit of time wandering. Here, you can escape the heat but still have views of the ocean, and there are still plenty of brands to browse too.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • You can access the mall from the boardwalk, or via the Skybridge from Caesars.
    • Even if you don't like shopping, the sitting areas, with their sand, Adirondack chairs, and beach views, are a great place to take a load off.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Not much to see here 06/01/2019
    • Playgroud Shops at Caesars 12/12/2018
    • The Playground at Caesars
    Address:
    1 Atlantic Ocean
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6689
    Phone:
    +1 609-345-3100
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Steel Pier Amusement Park
    Theme Parks
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    Stephen C Says:

    Opened in 1898, Steel Pier is almost as old as the boardwalk itself. It has been rebuilt many times over the years, but it still remains a waterside wonderland, featuring classic rides, tasty food, and a whole lot of fun above the Atlantic Ocean.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • If you're with a group or planning to enjoy a lot of rides, it's worth buying a book of tickets — packs of 35, 80, or 200 are available, plus unlimited ride wristbands.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Fun for Adults Too 19/03/2019
    • Great for Kids. 25/02/2019
    • Steel Pier Amusement Park
    Address:
    1000 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7415
    Phone:
    +1 609-345-4893
    Other:
  • Atlantic City Historical Museum
    Speciality Museums
    Stephen C Says:

    Situated on the 1913 Garden Pier, this small museum is a repository of local lore, from the horse who used to perform a high dive at Steel Pier to Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson, the corrupt Prohibition-era politician who inspired Steve Buscemi's character in 'Boardwalk Empire.' There are plenty of vintage photos and cool artifacts on display too.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The museum is free to enter, but donations are appreciated.
    • The museum is closed on Thursdays and Fridays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Atlantic City Museum Memories 15/01/2019
    • Nice to walk in any season 02/09/2018
    • Atlantic City Historical Museum
    Phone:
    +1 609-347-5839
    Hours:
    Sat - Tue
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tanger Outlets
    Factory Outlets, Shopping Malls
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    Stephen C Says:

    Spreading over nine blocks just north of the boardwalk, Tanger Outlets features shoe, clothing, and some specialty shops — with discounts up to 70%. Brands including Coach, Nike, Old Navy, and Toys 'R' Us.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Check for additional coupons online.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good variety of stores 12/03/2019
    • Tanger way 13/01/2019
    • Tanger Outlets
    Address:
    2014 Baltic Ave
    Shopper Services
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-4110
    Phone:
    +1 609-344-0095
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tropicana Casino
    Casinos
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    Stephen C Says:

    With 2,600 slot machines and 160 gaming tables, featuring everything from Craps to Baccarat to various poker games, Tropicana offers plenty to keep hardcore gamblers and gambling dabblers busy. It also offers an array of shops, restaurants, nightlife spots, and spa options.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • When you've had your fill of gambling, take a turn around The Quarter, a two-story streetscape that pays homage to the original Tropicana in Havana, Cuba.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Review for dining/ gaming 02/03/2019
    • Nice easy to navigate hotel 22/02/2019
    • Tropicana Casino
    Address:
    S. Brighton Avenue and the Boardwalk
    Tropicana Casino and Resort
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Phone:
    +1 800-345-8767
    Other:
  • AC 3-D Light Show
    Performances
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    Stephen C Says:

    When the sun goes down on the boardwalk, the lights go up. At Boardwalk Hall, this means a free 3D Light and Sound Show projected on the building's gorgeous 1929 facade.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The shows last 8.5 minutes and occur every half hour.
    • Start times change depending on the season. Check the website for schedules.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 10 Concerts & Shows in Atlantic City
    • Great show!!! 18/09/2018
    • Fun free event 07/09/2018
    • AC 3-D Light Show
    Address:
    Boardwalk Hall
    2301 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Phone:
    +1 609-348-7100
    Other:
  • Knife & Fork Inn
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    Stephen C Says:

    What better way to end your day than with a meal at an Atlantic City institution? The Knife & Fork Inn was established in 1912 as an exclusive men's drinking club (the feminine set waited in the 'ladies lounge' until they were 'summoned'). The club managed to defy Prohibition laws, openly serving liquor until it was raided in 1927, at which point it was converted into a public restaurant. Today, the restaurant has been restored to its former Jazz Age glamor, with rich mahogany interiors and elegant vaulted ceilings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you visit on a weekend, it's wise to make a reservation.
    • The decadent menu is best known for its steak and seafood options.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 295 restaurants in Atlantic City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Still a classic!!! 20/03/2019
    • Perfect 17/03/2019
    • Knife & Fork Inn
    Address:
    3600 Atlantic Ave
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6198
    Phone:
    +1 609-344-1133
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Fri
    11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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