When it comes to fun, pure entertainment, and lots of eatery options, Atlantic City comes to one’s mind. This popular attraction has a 130-mile stretch of sandy beach peppered with many beach resorts and casinos. The region is also known for its 4-mile-long boardwalk. And then, there are the piers, especially the old-fashioned amusements rides, and carnival games making 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 around, it does not take long to understand why it was once called the Monopoly City. Read on to find out some of the best things to do and places to eat when visiting Atlantic City.
Steel Pier Amusement Park
Once touted as 'The Showplace of the Nation', Steel Pier Amusement Park is undoubtedly one of the most popular attractions in Atlantic City. It was first opened in 1898 but later was destroyed by the 1982 fire. Currently, the attraction offers some fun and thrilling rides like the Rock-n-Roll, the Ferris wheel, and the Drop and the Slingshot. This place is perfect to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding shorelines. 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 to $60.
- Opening hours: 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm (Saturday); 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Sunday); and 12:00 pm - 1:00 am (Monday)
If the thrilling rides of the Steel Pier Amusement Park can be too overwhelming, then try ascending the 228 steps of the New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse (171 feet tall), which was initially designed by George Meade in 1857. Besides basking in the awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic City’s skyline, one can still see the original first-order 12,800 pounds Fresnel Lens. Thanks to its recent facelift, the lighthouse now includes an educational museum and a gift shop. There is also a replica of the light keeper's dwelling and expansive grounds. Interestingly, the attraction hosts an overnight program for Scouts, winter arts program for children, and special events as well.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (Thursdays through Mondays)
Beach At The Atlantic City
Just within close reach of facilities such as restaurants, shops, and amusement parks, the beach at the Atlantic City is an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the sun. There is no place quite like it to nurse wearied limbs after strolling around the popular attractions. Laze on the sun-soaked beach and enjoy the cooling sea breeze. But those who like to add some fun during their visit can find an eclectic range of water sports activities, which is one of the reasons why tourists come here. From surfing to kayaking and fishing there are plenty of leisure activities for every taste. And for the little ones, there are bodyboarding and wave jumping as well. Some convenient facilities include eateries, sports shops that sell gear, showers, and changing rooms. For safety, there are always lifeguards around.
- Lifeguards: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
What To Eat In Atlantic City?
When visiting Atlantic City one can never return home without feeling full. This place has a wide range of eating options. From fresh funnel cakes to salty French fries, there is an endless list of things to eat here. Those who are looking for a more chilled atmosphere can try one of the dining spots situated outside the casinos and boardwalk. These places are popular for their delicious seafood. We recommend the Dock’s Oyster House, where one can relish raw bar or the classic chowders. Craving for some Italian dishes? Then consider visiting Chef Vola to enjoy some authentic Italian dishes at an affordable price.
Families with children can opt for Rainforest Café to enjoy an array of dishes, including burgers, fish tacos, and the signature Volcano dessert. The restaurant has also some entertainment for children. While some regular restaurants to consider is the Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Landshark Bar and Grill. And for the 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 pm - 9:00 pm
- Rainforest Café Opening Hours: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Chef Vola Opening Hours: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tips: Every summer one can enjoy free concerts at Kennedy Plazza or at the Boardwalk at Mississippi Ave. Those who like jazz music can consider the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Concert Series in July and August.