Atlantic City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States as well as being one of the largest cities in New Jersey. The city is famous for being a casino town and, after Las Vegas, it is the country's largest. Though Atlantic City's reputation is built on its gaming industry, away from the slots visitors will find a tourist location with a fascinating popular history as well as museums, parks and a lovely beach. We've put together seven of best attractions Atlantic City has to offer.
One of Atlantic City's most popular attractions is its world-famous Boardwalk. Constructed in 1870, the Boardwalk was the first of its kind and was originally called Boardman's Walk before it was shortened. At eight miles long, you can enjoy long strolls by the waterfront taking in the sights of the sea and the city.
Another of Atlantic City's iconic waterfront structures is the Steel Pier. This excellent pier is fun for all the family, boasting great amusement rides such as a carousel and a Ferris wheel, not to mention a huge Go-Kart track. While you're there, pay a visit to one of the sweets stalls and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Standing at an impressive 171ft tall, Absecon Lighthouse is the USA's third largest lighthouse. Open for the public to climb all 228 steps to the top, Absecon Lighthouse is a well worth a visit to take in expansive views across New Jersey and the Atlantic Ocean. A museum is also located in the neighbouring Keeper's House documenting the lighthouse's history.
Ripley's Believe It or Not
There's nothing quite like a visit to the famous Ripley's Believe It or Not. A museum dedicated to all things weird and wonderful, Ripley's Believe It or Not specialises in exhibits that will certainly make you look twice. You'll find an array of artefacts, optical illusions and interactive exhibits documenting the world's oddest stories.
Atlantic City Historical Museum
Despite its relatively small size, the Atlantic City Historical Museum is packed full of interesting facts about the city's history. Learn all about the city's rise from humble seaside town, to one of the nation's premier tourist locations. As well as permanent exhibits containing artefacts, costumes and souvenirs, there are also temporary displays so check their website to see what's on when you're in town.
Atlantic City Aquarium
Situated right by the Ocean, it will come as no surprise that Atlantic City is home to a fantastic Aquarium. You'll find a range of animals - not just fish but reptiles, amphibians, birds and many more. With some great exhibits, the Atlantic City Aquarium is well worth a visit for both children and adults.
3D Light and Sound Show
The 3D Light and Sound Show held at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall is certainly a performance that shouldn't be missed when in town. With surround sound, theatrical lighting and video-mapping technology the hall's interior walls are used to tell the story of Atlantic City.
So, despite Atlantic City's status as a casino haven it's obvious that there's so much more to the city, it's diverse attractions making it one of New Jersey's finest retreats. To discover all Atlantic City has on offer, take advantage of car hire.