Top 10 Atlantic City Attractions
Atlantic City Attractions
Casino Coupons has many deals for Atlantic City Casinos, including the Borgata Casino & Spa and the Tropicana Casino and Resorts. But while most of the fun is in the casinos, there are many must-see Atlantic City sights. Following is the Casino Coupons Top 10 Atlantic City Attractions (in no particular order).
When visiting Atlantic City, a trip to the Boardwalk is a must. From restaurants to arcades to funnel cake to the beach, the Boardwalk has it all. This is also America’s first boardwalk; the first wooden planks were laid in 1870. The original idea was to lessen the sand beach-goers brought into the train and hotel lobbies. Through the years it grew to its current state of four-miles long. The grandfather of American boardwalks is just a few steps outside most casinos.
The Atlantic City Aquarium, located at 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., features a 25,000-gallon aquarium and loads of activities for both kids and adults. A highlight includes the touch tanks, which allow visitors to touch aquatic wildlife such as sharks, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs and starfish.
Located at Pacific and Rhode Island avenues in Atlantic City just a few steps away from the Atlantic City Aquarium is New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse - and the third tallest in the USA - the Absecon Lighthouse. Built in January of 1857, the 171-feet tall Absecon Lighthouse offers spectacular views of the Atlantic City Skyline. Also, those who make the 228-step climb will see the first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857.
At the end of New Jersey Avenue is the Garden Pier, which was constructed in 1913. The 700-foot long Garden Pier got its name due to the formal gardens at its entrance. Unfortunately, a hurricane destroyed the ocean-end of the Garden Pier in 1944, but the section was restored and now houses the Atlantic City Art Center and Historical Museum, the latter featuring exhibits of Mr. Peanut and sand sculptures.
Take a walk on the weird side at 1441 Boardwalk where the Atlantic City Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is located. From the world’s smallest car to shrunken heads, the 12,000 square-foot Ripley’s features over 400 exhibits and artifacts. The AC Ripley’s also has two new attractions - the Odditorium, which features a collection of bizarre exhibits from around the world, and The Vault Laser Maze Challenge, a room maze filled with laser beams.
Just two miles south of Atlantic City in Margate City resides one of the largest area attractions - Lucy the Elephant. Architect James V. Lafferty built the six-story building that’s shaped like an elephant from wood and tin in 1881. The purpose was to attract tourists and sell real estate. Today, hundreds of Atlantic City visitors make the effort to see Lucy the Elephant and take a guided tour. Once up the spiral staircase in its left-rear leg, visitors get a unique perspective of the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, and Margate.
When visiting Atlantic City and wanting to get some shopping done, the ultimate destination is Tanger Outlets The Walk, which spans three-city blocks and features 109 stores in a unique open-air mall. The Atlantic City Outlets - the only outlet mall in South Jersey - features top-brand stores, including Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Coach, Nine West, Gap, DKNY, and numerous eateries such as the Melting Pot and Starbucks.
In 1870, the Atlantic City Boardwalk became America’s first-ever boardwalk. Seventeen years later during a conference at “America’s Favorite Playground,” the Rolling Chair Rides were introduced - and they’ve been in use ever since. Atlantic City Rolling Chair Rides are everywhere on the Boardwalk, and many are the same used since the late 1800s. Fees are $5 for up to five blocks, to a $40 one-hour tour.
Open mid-March through December, Atlantic City Storybook Land has brought out the true childhood spirit for over 60 years. Storybook Land - a 20-acre theme park located on the Black Horse Pike - brings to life many scenes from the most iconic children’s stories and classic nursery rhymes, including Mother Goose, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Three Bear’s House and Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach.
Many Atlantic City Boardwalk explorers take the effort to visit the Steel Pier. Constructed in 1898, it was known for hosting top names in the entertainment industry between the 1920s and 1950s, including Charlie Chapin, Frank Sinatra, The Three Stooges and Bob Hope. Nowadays, the Steel Pier is known for its amusement park that offers the iconic Ferris wheel and classic amusement games. This is also where visitors can take a helicopter ride - either day or night - to view the ever-developing Atlantic City Skyline.