Atlantic City - Home of the Oldest Boardwalk in the US
Location: Easily Accessible Resort City in New Jersey
Atlantic City is on the Atlantic Coast in New Jersey. It has its own airport, the Atlantic City International Airport, or you can arrive at the Philadelphia International Airport, which is about an hour away. There are also frequent rail and bus service to the city from nearby cities, including New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. The city has easy to access public transportation for getting around once you are in town, including the passenger jitney along the boardwalk.
Business: the Gambling Capital of the East Coast
Atlantic City's economy is heavily tied into tourism and gambling. It is called the Gambling Capital of the East Coast, with several large and small casinos within its borders. There are also many hotels, and several retail stores, amusements, and restaurants on the famous boardwalk. The Atlantic City Convention Center provides 46,000 square meters of showroom space, several exhibition halls, and meeting rooms.
Culture: Experience the Life of a Lighthouse Keeper
The Absecon Light is an old lighthouse built in 1857 that is the tallest in the state. Although it is no longer used as a navigational aid, it still shines its light nightly. The Keeper's Cottage is now a museum, and you can walk up the 228 steps to the top to see some amazing views of the surrounding area. For a more refined evening, you can enjoy a performance by the Atlantic City Ballet, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, or see what is on at the Dante Theatre of the Arts.
Activities: Take a Break from Gambling on the Beach
The beaches of Atlantic City are just as famous as the casinos and boardwalk. You can relax after a day of gambling while walking along the boardwalk or on the beach. Alternatively, you can spend the day on the beach swimming, surfing, cruising, fishing, or enjoying other water sports before spending your evenings enjoying the casinos. If you want a break from the outdoors but still experience ocean life, you can visit the Atlantic City Aquarium.