Atlantic City has often been compared to Vegas as its less glamorous sister. But, it has one thing to offer that Vegas can’t offer- the ocean. The popularity of the weather and beaches of this city has given rise to a new generation of casino hotels that not only offer an opportunity to gamble, but also provide an array of diversions right from early morning yoga to late night burlesque. Whether you’re looking for uber luxury or an offbeat holiday, you’ll get everything within the 12 square miles of Atlantic City.
Atlantic City Boardwalk
The Atlantic City Boardwalk was once known as the most historic pedestrian promenade in the world. If gambling is not your cup of tea, strolling along this promenade is an ideal way to spend the day or evening. The Boardwalk was originally built in 1870 mainly to keep the resort hotels and shoreline trains free of sand. Over the years, it has gained immense popularity and has lengthened over time to the four miles stretch it is today. The boardwalk has also widened considerably over the years.
Because of how long it is, knowing where to enter and exit the boardwalk is useful to be gentle on your knees from all the walking. There are several bars and lounges lined along the street. Several casinos are also lined along the boardwalk so it makes for the ideal getaway from gambling if you want to step out of the four walls of the casino. Walk through the many arcades in the area and also get your fortune read by a teller on the street. There are several shops that can appeal to all age groups, and you’ll find everything from an Apple store to 99 cent stores and everything in between.
People-watching is the best way to spend your time at the Boardwalk as the place is flooded with tourists and, sometimes, celebrities from all over the world. Walking down this street is ideal but you can also hire human-powered rolling chairs. The 3D Light and Sound Show occurs every half an hour starting from 8:30 PM on the boardwalk and there’s no charge for enjoying it. Video mapping is a technology that converts existing architecture into a spectacular canvas to bring the building alive.
Atlantic City is known as Vegas’ little sister but the one thing that sets it apart from Vegas is the beach. Tourists flock at the busy beaches of Atlantic City to enjoy the open air restaurants and soak up the sun. If you’re travelling with family, you can build sandcastles or start a volleyball game. Several of the beachfront hotels have private stretches of beach for families and couples to relax in. Summers are filled with beach goers looking to get a good tan. You’ll also find plenty of surfers out catching the waves. There is no charge for using the public sections of the beach, but it does gets crowded during the peak seasons.
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