10 Things to Do in Atlantic City That You Shouldn't Miss

July 21, 2017 Augustus Redeker

It's the East Coast's answer to Las Vegas. Atlantic City's casinos draw tourists by the car- and bus-load, but even if your main objective is to play some blackjack, you'll want to save time for sightseeing. Stroll along the famous boardwalk with its numerous amusements and eateries or visit the historic, recently restored Absecon Lighthouse. Several fine courses attract golf enthusiasts, and in summer, local beaches are popular with families. Water-based activities include parasailing, charter fishing and tall ship cruises. Casino hoppers have 12 establishments to choose from, which run the gamut from elegance to a Wild West theme, so there's something for everyone's taste. Those who remember Atlantic City in its pre-gambling days can wax nostalgic with a taste of saltwater taffy, which has been an Atlantic City specialty for over 100 years.
Restaurants in Atlantic City

1. The Quarter at Tropicana

Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 +1 609-340-4000
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Quarter at Tropicana

Popular casino offers the "Turf Club," which features thoroughbred and standard-bred horse racing from major racetracks around the country.

Reviewed By BarbaritaV - East Hartford, Connecticut

I love this show from dancing, to singing, acrobats, magicians everything needed to kick off that holiday mood. We were visiting Atlantic city this week and this show was a highlight of our trip. I really recommended it for families.

2. Borgata Casino

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-1946 +1 609-317-1000
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Borgata Casino

This high-energy casino offers a range of table games and daily poker tournaments. Their modern slot machines feature a rapid-pay ticket system so gamblers don't have to deal with carrying around coins.

Reviewed By natty64 - Ocean, NJ

I prefer to be on the Boardwalk, but you can't beat the upscale modern decor, service, restaurants and amenities of the Borgata.

3. Absecon Lighthouse

31 S Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7760 +1 609-449-1360
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 410 reviews

Absecon Lighthouse

New Jersey's tallest lighthouse awaits you at Pacific and Rhode Island Avenues in Atlantic City (walking distance from Showboat Casino). Take an amazing journey into time and above it all as you ascend the 228 steps of the Absecon Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. You'll see breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline and up top you'll come face-to-face with the original first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857.The lighthouse's recent multi-million dollar restoration also includes a stunning replica of the Lightkeeper's dwelling, an educational museum, charming gift shop, Fresnel Lens exhibit in the original Oil House and expansive grounds.The Absecon Lighthouse is on both the New Jersey and National Registries of Historic Places.

Reviewed By BarbaritaV - East Hartford, Connecticut

We loved climbing over 200 steps to the top. This was one of the high lights of our trips since we have never been inside of a lighthouse before. Definitely a must do excursion to in Atlantic city.

4. Tanger Outlets

2014 Baltic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-4110 +1 609-344-0095
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 576 reviews

Tanger Outlets

Find great savings on merchandise from your favorite designer and name-brands direct from the manufacturer at stores like: Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Banana Republic, Chico's, Tommy Hilfiger, Reebok, Old Navy, Under Armour and many more. Before you travel, check out the Tanger Outlet websiteb to find the latest Coupons & Sales Offers for Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City. Or, when you arrive at the outlets, make your first stop Shopper Services to learn about the benefits of joining TangerClub (Tanger Club information is also available online). In Shopper Services you can purchase a coupon book full of great savings or if you are already a TangerClub member pick up a coupon book for free! Think Outlets, Think Tanger.

Reviewed By Richard B

Valet parking is free with a $50 purchase as a Tanger outlets member. There are other benefits that make it worth it. If I recall membership is about $10. With valet parking normally at $12, you break even on your first visit even after giving...MoreThank you for your 5 star rating and positive & correct comments. Hope to see you back shopping Tanger Outlets Atlantic City soon!

5. New Jersey Korean War Memorial

124 Park Pl, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6833
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

New Jersey Korean War Memorial

Reviewed By 2014CorvetteStingray - Carlisle, Pennsylvania

The Korean Conflict, (war has to be declared by congress and was not in this case) claimed many lives and is pretty much the forgotten step child in American Military history. It is nice to see some recognition for the brave men who fought on our behalf for freedom in this conflict.

6. Caesars Atlantic City Casino

2100 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6612 +1 609-348-4411
Excellent
42%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Caesars Atlantic City Casino

Bright and dazzling casino measures 124,720 square feet, making it one of the largest gaming areas in Atlantic City.

Reviewed By mark15780 - Philadelphia

Getting more and more dirty. Front desk ppl are nasty. Don't give room requested give lesser room when place is empty . Stay there all the time but tired of being treated badly. Staying at Golden Nugget or if I can't get a room Harrahs. Dirty rooms past3times.

7. Tropicana Casino

S. Brighton Avenue and the Boardwalk, Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 +1 800-345-8767
Excellent
40%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 695 reviews

Tropicana Casino

Reviewed By sheadisney - New York City, New York

Smells like stale smoke and "skunk"-- non-smoking area a joke, small and smelly too-- I won a little, but didn't really get comps, guess I didn't spend as much as some-- heard they're cutting back on the free beverages, didn't see any waitresses either night we were there--

8. Atlantic City Boardwalk

All streets east of downtown, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 +1 609-348-7100
Excellent
37%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Opened on June 26, 1870, the world-famous Boardwalk stretches along six magical and glittering miles of Atlantic City beachfront.

Reviewed By wakecountyman - Raleigh, North Carolina

Sad to say, as a native of New Jersey, who came home to visit relatives, after a long time away, our stop in Atlantic City was VERY DISAPPOINTING !

BOARDWALK- 1/5
OVERALL NOT WOTH YOUR TIME OR MONEY.
Building after building in badly needed maintenance, let alone most needing renovations, looking like nothing has been taken care of for a decade or longer.

Dirty store after dirty store with aggressive attendants, hawking at you to visit their store, mostly retail oriented with a few food locations, selling that great .99 cent hot dog, that is probably made of the leftover scraps at the slaughter house or pizza hat looks like its been around for days.

The usual problems with aggressive homeless, beggars and most annoying a group of VERY AGGRESSIVE Cycle cart vendors.

Cycle Cart Vendors, who make NYC cab drivers look like Mother Teresa, stand right outside of every Casino, so you have to run into them, and if they miss you there, there are up and down the Boardwalk bothering you every few minutes trying to get you to take a ride in their cycle carts.

It is SAD to see the Boardwalk in such poor condition, and Atlantic City has no one to blame but themselves.

Too many places today, think they can rest on the past reputations and continue to get visitors.


SUGGESTIONS
If there wasn't so many vacant, rundown old hotels on the way in, the boardwalk was in better shape, and the police controlled all the homeless, dealers and aggressive vendors, on and around the Boardwalk, my opinion would be much different.

DEMO
All the old hotels & buildings that are vacant, abandoned etc. A Vacant field is MUCH better.

POLICE
Actually make make a presence on the boardwalk and make tourist feel safer, instead of letting the homeless, and aggressive pan handlers and others run the boardwalk, for the entire year, instead of just the 3 months if Summer.

HOUSING
The towns and Cities should make an effort to house the homeless, there are so many abandoned hotels that could be renovated and used.

Demo old hotels on the way in and building decent affordable housing for needy and the regular people to live at an affordable price.


CODE ENFORCEMENT
Can anyone one say "Code Enforcement" ?.

How about going after the significant amount of run down stores hotels etc and enforce codes and either make owners repair or demo and take the property if they cannot afford or want to make the needed repairs.

Help the residents and businesses with low cost loans or grants to help make improvements is another idea.

The State of New Jersey should be EMBARRASSED by the current POOR CONDITIONS in and around the Boardwalk and most of the surrounding area, I am as a native of NJ, come home for a visit.

9. Resorts Atlantic City Casino

1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7329 +1 800-336-6378
Excellent
30%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
6%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 623 reviews

Resorts Atlantic City Casino

Casino & Hotel. Including Entertainment, Nightlife, Fine Dining, Beachfront Getaways, Celebrities & more...

Reviewed By Barbiegirl12 - Burlington NJ

Mario at the front desk was very helpful and pleasant. He helped us upgrade to beautiful two room suite. Our room was ready and waiting. We had a 30 dollar food credit that we use for room service in the morning. Great getaway weekend. Going back this week.

10. Golden Nugget Atlantic City

Huron & Brigantine Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 +1 800-777-8477
Excellent
41%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 493 reviews

Golden Nugget Atlantic City

This gaming center offers practically every game in town from Pai Gow Poker and Blackjack to Caribbean Stud Poker and Double OO Roulette.

Reviewed By Taunya E

Stayed 2 nights at this hotel. When looking at where to stay, we’d always been happy at their location in Las Vegas. This location is NOTHING like it. The amenities were all closed, even though they advertised them as year round. The room was decent but they have mostly super old slots from decades ago. The staff was slow on service. The entire floor smelled like marijuana and when brought to their attention, they laughed and said it didn’t. Parking is so far from anything and the garage and hotel are in disrepair. The food was overpriced and lacking. Not somewhere we would go again.

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