Learn about Atlantic
City, New Jersey, by reading Odds Are You’ll Enjoy
Atlantic City by Charlie Spence, Travel Writer. It features a
mini, but thorough tour of the destination, plus all you'll need to
know to plan your trip including getting there, objective
information on places to stay and eat, and things to do. At the end
of the article, we've provided a summary of the contact information
for your easy reference. Enjoy!
You’ll Enjoy Atlantic City
by Charlie Spence,
Travel Writer and WTA Member
If you have ever played Monopoly,
you have been told “Don’t Pass Go. Go Directly to Jail.” Well, I’m suggesting
you go directly to the place featured in that game - Atlantic City. Nearly 35
million people a year come here, making this one of the most visited places in
the United States. And, it’s no wonder. Atlantic City, New Jersey, has such a
variety of attractions sure to please – no matter your age. Many visit often and
find this true.
In 1870, the famous
constructed. It was only about one mile long at that time. As the city grew, so
too did the Boardwalk. Now it is four miles in length. You will find shops,
restaurants, food stands, casinos, amusement rides, and the entertaining pastime
of people watching. Of course, a ride in one of the rolling chairs is a must.
While being wheeled along to take in the sights, unwrap and enjoy your pieces of
the famous salt-water taffy or let your mouth savor the famous cotton candy.
At the corner of Boardwalk and
Virginia Avenue you will find the Steel Pier. The Pier opened in 1898 and
quickly became known for showcasing top entertainers. From the 20s through the
50s, any entertainer who was anybody played the Steel Pier. The big bands like
Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, and Jimmy Dorsey played the Pier. Frank Sinatra,
Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, and Bob Hope are a few of the other stars that
visitors and locals enjoyed at the Pier. This was once the place to see high
diving horses. No longer do the horses with their attractive female riders dive
into the Atlantic but you will find hand-painted historic scenes of the city and
a custom carousel.
Although the Pier, like most of
Atlantic City, faded from its prominence, the current owners are counting on
nostalgia to bring patrons back. Now you will find the rides, games and prize
wheels, food court and other attractions to lure family visitors.
After its heyday, which saw the
Miss America pageant and other exciting and entertaining events, Atlantic City
began to deteriorate. City leaders made a drastic decision and opened the area
to gambling. This brought the big hotels and casinos - and the people.
A vibrant new life sparked the
area: casino gambling, plush hotels, spas, fine dining, nightlife, and
world-class entertainment. The well-known hotels offer services from dinning to
diving in pools and from betting to buying in fabulous stores - and everything
in between. To gamble, a person must be at least 21 years of age. There is
nightlife in the hotels and at outside locations, year round, day or night.
To do more than try your luck at
the variety of casinos, it would be wise to plan your trip in advance to take in
the activities you want. There are so many from which to select.
How about a day at sea? Select
from day cruises, boat rentals, sailing adventures, or fishing expeditions. The
Atlantic Ocean off the southern New Jersey coast and waters in Atlantic City’s
bays have a wide variety of fish from striped bass to tuna. Tour companies offer
charter vessels, tours, dinner and cocktail cruises, private parties, and if you
must keep the nose to the grindstone, corporate meetings.
Maybe you would like your gaming
in the evening and have the daylight hours for the fairways and greens. Some
world-class courses are just minutes away. There are also courses where a novice
or duffer can play at any level of ability and not be embarrassed. The
Atlantic City Golf Association will gladly provide information on most courses
in the area as well as tee time reservations.
At the corner of Rhode Island and
Pacific Avenues visit the historic
Absecon Lighthouse designed by Civil War
General George Mead and built in 1857. Visitors with the stamina to climb the
228-steps will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the skyline and back bay
area. There is no charge to visit the ground floor but a trip to the top costs
$5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children two to twelve.
Atlantic City is the place for
you to pamper yourself. Spas abound here with each seeming to vie with the other
to provide the most complete facilities and attention. Most of the hotels have
their own fitness centers offering pools, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, gyms, massages,
pedicures, manicures, facials, and other “be good to yourself” services. Similar
facilities are available at specialty locations away from the hotels.
Songs have been written about the
place, motion pictures have featured it, spectacular events and pageants have
started and flourished here. No wonder Atlantic City with its hotels, boardwalk,
shops, and attractions, was chosen as the setting for the popular Monopoly game.
Getting to Atlantic City is easy
whichever way you might select. The Atlantic City airport is also
the home of a Federal Aviation Administration center so the airport
has fine services. Rental cars are available as are taxis and limo
services. And there are rail and bus connections.
The Newark and
Philadelphia international airports are bases for flights from many
more airlines and these facilities are also within relatively easy
travel distances to Atlantic City. New Jersey’s rail system serves
destinations through the region.
Good highways converge into Atlantic
City, or you might like to leave your car at home and enjoy the
comfort of a New Jersey Ferry. Ferry services connect New Jersey to
New York City, Philadelphia, and Delaware.
Where To Stay And Dine
You can find lodging
at various prices and at different locations. There are a dozen
plush hotel/casinos including
Trump Plaza, Caesars, Tropicana,
Showboat, Trump Taj Mahal and others. Along the route into the city
you can find more modestly priced accommodations such as facilities
Fairfield Inn, Best Western, Budget, and Comfort Inn. A number
of excellent B&Bs are available. Many of the inns outside the city
provide shuttle service to take you to the beach, Boardwalk, and
casinos. You can check rates and book your dates
Online Travel Booking Service, found at
www.worldtravelers.org. Significant hotel and car rental
discounts may apply, plus you can also book vacation rental
properties through this service.
All the large hotels
have various dining facilities and hundreds of other eating
establishments are available ranging from Boardwalk burgers to
Notice: This information is current as of
September 2007. It is recommended that you contact the numbers, and/or visit the
web sites above to determine any changes to the information.