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Atlantic City, NJ
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Atlantic City

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
4 out of 5
1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $69 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Atlantic City, this beachfront resort is in the city center, just steps from Atlantic City Boardwalk, Steel Pier, and Atlantic City Beach. Boardwalk ...

4.4/5Excellent! (13,703 reviews)

"Rooms were clean. Casino constantly being wiped down and sanitized. Elevators take a while to come to floors especially if staying on south wing."…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Ocean Casino Resort
Ocean Casino Resort
4 out of 5
500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
The price is $59 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Atlantic City, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City. Atlantic ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6,659 reviews)

"The hotel had excellent service , Very Clean the only problem was checking in instead of my card being put on hold for the deposit I was actually charged that amount to my card which caused problems with my bank getting the refund back but overall it was a good stay"…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2021

Ocean Casino Resort
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ
The price is $89 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in the heart of Atlantic City, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Golden Nugget Atlantic City Casino and Borgata Casino. Harrah's Atlantic ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,258 reviews)

"Very good exelent atención and good restaurants 👍😀"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
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.

Vacation Rentals in Atlantic City

Flagship All-Suites, a fantaSea Resort
Flagship All-Suites, a fantaSea Resort
3.5 out of 5
60 N Maine Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ
The price is $69 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated on the waterfront, this condo resort is within a 15-minute walk of Atlantic City Boardwalk, Atlantic City Beach, and Ocean Resort Casino. Hard Rock ...

3.7/5Good! (2,464 reviews)

"i liked the location i didnt like the schedule for the pool the bar the lounge the restaurant"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Flagship All-Suites, a fantaSea Resort
Marriott's Fairway Villas
Marriott's Fairway Villas
3 out of 5
500 East Fairway Lane, Galloway, NJ
The price is $127 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

This family-friendly Galloway condo resort is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Galloway National Golf Club, Absecon Wildlife Management Area and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (404 reviews)

"The only complaint I had was that whoever was staying in the room under us was constantly calling security for noise issues were ridiculous seeing as though we were on vacation and the only noise being done in our room was the door that leads to the washer/dryer room that had no stoppage so every ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Marriott's Fairway Villas
Legacy Vacation Resorts Brigantine Beach
Legacy Vacation Resorts Brigantine Beach
3 out of 5
1400 Ocean Avenue, Brigantine, NJ
The price is $68 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Nestled on the beach, this Brigantine aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Brigantine Beach and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Links at Brigantine Beach. Senator Frank S. ...

3.7/5Good! (965 reviews)

"Our stay at the legacy was real nice nice spot right next to the beach and about a 12 minute drive to AC. Enjoyed our stay and would definitely do it again. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Legacy Vacation Resorts Brigantine Beach
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.

Popular places to visit in Atlantic City

Top things to do in Atlantic City

Reviews of Atlantic City

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 28.682691016516717%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 46.11252853498053%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 19.833489995971533%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.5987646031959177%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.7725258493353029%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2020

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is decent. I would go again after the coronavirus is gone forever.

3/5 - Okay

TravelBig

Mar 20, 2020

This is not a friendly city. Philidelphians and New Yorkers descend upon AC and think they own the town and demand attention, making the experience tense for everyone else; AC natives seem overworked and underpaid and with broken spirits.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

I Love Las Vegas, but Atlantic City is A quick place that’s not to far From Maryland, And still find good eats and activity.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

I highly recommend dining at Kelsey's. They have fantastic southern food and amazing live music at night (though it may be a bit loud for some people). Reservations are highly suggested but it is definitely worth it.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Nice place for a quick getaway

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Would have liked to have had more time to spend there, i am sure we would have had a great time.

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