Atlantic City, NJ

Travel Guide
Steel Pier showing rides

Come for gambling, the Boardwalk, saltwater taffy, activities on the water and concerts in this very popular New Jersey tourist destination.

From the beaches and boardwalk to casinos and concerts, Atlantic City offers fantastic daytime and nighttime activities for an active and exciting vacation. Select from varied choices for a wild weekend, a gaming holiday, a romantic getaway or a family vacation.

Built in 1870, long before gambling came to Atlantic City, the Boardwalk was an attraction powerful enough to draw visitors. Meander for more than 4 miles (8 kilometers) along the wide wooden walkway and step onto the sandy beach. Find a spot to relax under an umbrella or swim, surf, kayak, fish or windsurf on the ocean. Come early to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean or stay late for a sunset stroll.

On the other side of the Boardwalk, enjoy dining, shopping and nightlife. Stop at one of the many souvenir shops and have some saltwater taffy, invented here in 1883. Go just beyond the southwestern end of the Boardwalk to see Lucy the Elephant, a six-story historical landmark.

At the northeastern end of the Boardwalk, visit the Atlantic City Aquarium and the very tall restored Absecon Lighthouse. Walk out onto Steel Pier for amusement park rides, dining and carnival games.

Different types of games were introduced in 1978 with the first casino in Atlantic City. Today, choose from several very large casinos, offering not only gambling, but also hotel accommodations and celebrity entertainment.

The renowned Atlantic City Ballet performance venue is along the Boardwalk. Visit the Atlantic City Free Public Library to view its heritage collection and listen to the International Night Concert Series. Check the schedule of events at Boardwalk Hall, which hosts music, comedy, films and even the Miss America Pageant.

Head inland for golf, outlet mall shopping and more cultural attractions. Shop and meet artists at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University. Travel to nearby Newtonville for the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.

Whatever your interests, find plenty to do in Atlantic City.

Where to stay in Atlantic City

Tropicana Atlantic City
Tropicana Atlantic City
3.5 out of 5
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
The price is $63 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3.5-star beach resort in Atlantic City. Enjoy an outdoor pool, 13 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean ...
3.7/5 Good! (9,123 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Tropicana Atlantic City
Ocean Casino Resort
Ocean Casino Resort
4 out of 5
500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
The price is $115 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Atlantic City. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and 18 restaurants. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,472 reviews)
"Everything was smooth,no problems"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Ocean Casino Resort
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
4 out of 5
1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
The price is $76 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Atlantic City. Enjoy free WiFi, 10 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (14,445 reviews)
"For my first time there it was amazing"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
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Flagship Resort
Flagship Resort
3.5 out of 5
60 N Maine Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401
The price is $99 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly condo in Atlantic City. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.7/5 Good! (2,887 reviews)
"Room was nice."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Flagship Resort
Legacy Vacation Resorts Brigantine Beach
Legacy Vacation Resorts Brigantine Beach
3 out of 5
1400 Ocean Avenue, Brigantine, NJ, 08203
The price is $109 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Brigantine. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,160 reviews)
"I liked that it is right by the ocean. There are ocean views from the rooms and you can walk out the door and walk along the shore."

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

Legacy Vacation Resorts Brigantine Beach
La Sammana Resort
La Sammana Resort
3.5 out of 5
1400 West Brigantine Ave, Brigantine, NJ, 08203
The price is $99 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Brigantine. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (700 reviews)
"Like home all amenities available in the room"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

La Sammana Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Atlantic City

Driving is by far the most convenient way to see Atlantic City. Rent a vehicle of your own, or rely on the huge fleet of taxis that serve the city. Sections of the boardwalk can be explored on foot, but at 4 miles (6 miles) long, you won’t often feel like walking the whole thing. Rent a rolling chair, a shaded seat on wheels pushed by an operator. Or, take the Jitney (minibus) to headline sights. Visit the New Jersey Department of Transportation website.Browse Atlantic City rental cars.

Best time to visit

Plan your trip to Atlantic City for any time between late spring and early fall and you are sure to have warm weather. The temperatures here are rarely uncomfortably high, with daytime highs in July and August averaging around 80 F (26 C). Keep in mind that the summer months are the high season, so casinos and other attractions will be busier, but for many visitors, that adds to the lively atmosphere.

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