Courtesy Atlantic City CVA
The boardwalk in Atlantic City has come a long way since 1870, when it was built to keep sand off hotel carpets. In the 130 years since then, the boardwalk has become an Atlantic City icon, stretching four miles down the beach and 60 feet at its widest point.
Millions of guests walk the boardwalk every year, and groups can learn about the history of Atlantic City and its beach on a Boardwalk Walking Tour. During the excursion, guides discuss the history of the boardwalk and some notable points of interest, such as the factory where James’ Salt Water Taffy is made.
The boardwalk is the backbone of the city for shopping and dining, too. Guests will find access to dozens of hotels, as well as beach shops, boutiques and numerous restaurants.
Extending from the boardwalk, Garden Pier is known as the arts and culture center of the area; it features the Atlantic City Historical Museum and the Atlantic City Arts Center.
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