About Madison S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
Piers & Boardwalks
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
The Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on a restored section of boardwalk along the Old Pier, is dedicated to documenting Atlantic City's colorful past. Photographs, videos, and memorabilia all tell the story of its beginnings as a seaside resort, its slump after the hubbub of the prohibition era, and finally its economic resurgence as the East Coast's premier destination for gambling and nightlife. Celebrating Atlantic City's heritage and multiculturalism, this museum is an interesting stop for those interested in the city's varied history.
This small but quaint Aquarium stands in the former smuggler's prohibition-era hub of Gardner’s Basin. Its three floors contain one major tank, two petting tanks with starfish and little sharks, and a rooftop deck with views of the city. Well-priced and relaxing, this is a great stop for families visiting with kids, or for anyone who wants to get out of the sun and enjoy some of the coastal town's marine life.
New Jersey's tallest lighthouse and the third biggest in the United States, the Absecon Lighthouse takes visitors up two-hundred-and-eight steps to a breathtaking view of Atlantic City. The coastline and skyline are equally gorgeous on a clear day. The lighthouse itself, being from the nineteenth century, is a city relic, and its groundskeeper's house contains relics and antiques that add some background to its history.
Located behind the Absecon Lighthouse, the Altman Playground is enjoyable for children of all ages, as well as adult sportsmen. With two entertainment structures for younger children including slides and climbing bars, swings for all ages, tennis courts, basketball courts, water fountains, and picnic pavilions, it's a great place to get away from Atlantic City's bustle and have a day outside. Located right on the water, the facility even has a small water slide during hotter months.
Play games and win prizes at the Central Pier Arcade. Olden time arcade games, like ever-popular skeeball, are playable for olden-time prices (less than a dollar a game!) The Arcade also features a carousel, paint-balling on the pier, and go-karting.
The Greek Temple Monument honors New Jersey's fallen soldiers from the first World War. The moving memorial, ensconced in Greek columns, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features the female representation of Liberty crying out over a fallen son, while another woman weeps. It is a powerful sight.
This small but deeply meaningful museum aims to educate visitors on culture and diversity, through a narration of the lives and legacies of African Americans in the 20th century. Documenting how African American culture has enriched life in the United States, as well as how it has changed over the last century, the museum includes art, artifacts, advertisements, household items, and more to bring an accurate and visceral representation of these lives to light, in a decade-by-decade exhibit.
An eccentric collection of oddities, the Ripley Museum aims to display the strangest items and most bizarre tales from around the world. Curiosities include furniture made entirely from jelly beans and the world's tiniest functioning car. So strap in for some unbelievable sights, sounds, and stories.