Courtesy Atlantic City CVA
Published March 05, 2014
7. Shop Atlantic City
Retail has become another cornerstone attraction in Atlantic City. In addition to the souvenir shops that come with any popular beachfront destination, the city has developed a wide range of shopping options for any budget.
In the center of town, Tanger Outlets’ The Walk has the distinction of being one of America’s only downtown outlet malls. Visitors will find 100 stores and eateries in the outdoor shopping mall, which spans three city blocks. The area will also be the site of a Bass Pro Shop, scheduled to open in 2015.
For more upscale shopping, the Pier Shops at Caesars has Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and other designer stores.
8. Visit Historic Structures
Atlantic City isn’t all modern; there are a number of historic elements worth checking out while you’re in town. Among the most interesting is Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey. Groups can take a docent-guided tour of the lighthouse and make the 228-step trek to the top to see the original 1857 Fresnel lens and a breathtaking view of the coast.
At the other end of the island in the town of Margate, Lucy the Elephant offers a different kind of historic experience. Built in 1881 by a real-estate speculator looking to lure people to the area, this six-story elephant statue now serves as one of the most famous symbols of the area. Visitors can tour the on-site museum, climb to the top of the statue and take group photos in front.
9. Get on the Water
Any trip to the coast should involve an opportunity to get out on the water, and Atlantic City offers a number of ways for groups to enjoy the ocean.
Historic Gardner’s Basin is the jumping-off point for many aquatic experiences in Atlantic City. From there, groups can take sightseeing cruises, dolphin-watching cruises or cocktail cruises. The Basin is also the place to find charter fishing boats or parasailing operations.
In addition to going on boat excursions, visitors to Gardner’s Basin can explore the Atlantic City Aquarium, which exhibits regional marine life and exotic sea creatures alike. The aquarium features live diver feeding shows and an exotic animal show.
10. Amuse Yourself
Since 1898, Steel Pier has been the chief amusement destination for visitors to Atlantic City. The pier extends out from the boardwalk over the Atlantic, giving thrill-seekers great views and a healthy whiff of sea air.
Today, Steel Pier is a family amusement park with 25 adventure rides, an arcade and more. The pay-as-you-go pricing allows visitors to pick and pay for only the attractions they want to try. Options range from the classic Ferris wheel and carousel to the Slingshot, a bungee-powered pod that send riders hurling into the air before pulling them back down to the pier.