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Atlantic City Soars in the Summertime

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What’s better than a sandy beach in the summertime? How about a sandy beach surrounded by a five-mile-long boardwalk that’s lined with frosty casino resorts, lively bars and restaurants, souvenir shops, Boardwalk fare food and thrilling rides? 

That describes summer in Atlantic City, where every year, the must-do list gets longer.

This year is no different with new enticements that include an “adults only” pool with a swim up bar, cabanas and poolside facials and massages at the Showboat Resort’s $100 million Island Waterpark; a new outdoor concert venue near the beach, also opened by the Showboat; and a Dave & Buster’s.

New Attractions and Timeless Favorites

The new attractions join favorites like the North to Shore Festival (June 17–23, 2024) and Atlantic City Restaurant Week (October 6–11, 2024).

North to Shore celebrates music, technology, comedy and film with special shows and events in Atlantic City, Newark and Asbury Park. Atlantic City’s weekend will include Frankie Valli, the B52s, the Australian Pink Floyd Show and others in concert and other entertainment all over town. During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants serve special three-course lunches for around $20 and dinners for around $40. 

And, as Heather Colache with Visit Atlantic City reminds, after all that food and fun, there’s always Atlantic City’s spacious and free beach.

Of course, Atlantic City’s nine casinos will always be its biggest attraction, but the Showboat’s Lucky Snake Arcade has added a new twist to gaming with its 300 arcade games — making it the largest arcade on the East Coast — plus a go-kart track.

For those seeking some quiet time away from the lively strip, Gardner’s Basin, five minutes northwest, is a good option. On the waterfront, it’s the place to hop aboard boats for cruises, dolphin watch expeditions or fishing charters. It’s also home to the Atlantic City Aquarium, recently reopened after an extensive renovation, and to local favorite Gilchrist Restaurant. 

There, those who’d rather have someone else land their catch can settle in on a covered waterfront deck for a lunch of fish and chips or flounder. Early birds can enjoy breakfast as early as 6:30 a.m. and sample the restaurant’s crepelike pancakes — so thin and crispy that it’s no challenge to polish off a short stack. 

Of course, it’s also possible to wind down on the busy strip with something simple, like enjoying a cigar at a new cigar bar on Tennessee Avenue, watching the sunset 227 feet in the air in one of the Wheel’s gondolas on the Steel Pier or playing lawn games beneath the retractable glass roof at The Yard at Bally’s.

With any visit to Atlantic City though, three things are guaranteed. Bus parking will be plentiful, with no permits required. Diners can get their fill of local seafood, including clams harvested by the East Coast’s largest fleet. And, most of all, visitors will find a beachside casino destination that’s a far cry from what many remember. “I tell people all the time, ‘This is not your grandmom’s Atlantic City anymore!’” says Colache.

For more information, please contact:

Heather Colache