Forever memorialized on the Monopoly board and well known as the host of the Miss America pageant, Atlantic City, New Jersey, has been a premier vacation destination since the late 1800s. Some may assume gambling has always been its big draw, but actually, enthusiastic tourism is what spurred its growth and development.
Gambling has only been allowed since 1976 while tourists have been flocking to this seaside destination since well before the start of the 20th century. As more casinos have opened across the country, Atlantic City leaders have refocused their message with a focus beyond gambling ... to nature, adventure, culinary, ultimate relaxation and more. This famous New Jersey hot spot is home to five star restaurants, a fascinating history, world-class golf and endless array of entertainment options.
At Borgata, you’ll find it all. When you check into your luxurious room, complete with plush robes and lavish bedding, you’ll be just steps away from superb restaurants, excellent entertainment and a lively casino located on site. Should you need anything at all, Borgata’s concierge service is a quick call away. Here, your comfort is their priority. Loved our view and we won at their casino – can you ask for more? The Water Club Hotel at Borgata is an 800-room sister property right next door. Both have rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; guests love the two-story spa, heated pools, boutique shopping and 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Access the two properties via the Sculpture Walk – a mile-long pathway lined with art connecting Borgata, Harrah’s and the Golden Nugget.
Atlantic City Country Club
It’s hard to beat the authenticity of one of America’s oldest golf clubs – the Atlantic City Country Club, also known as the Birthplace of the Birdie. The origin of the word birdie dates back to 1903 when a bystander shouted “that was a ‘bird of a shot’” to Abner Smith. Smith’s ball had made its way onto the green leaving him with the perfect opportunity to score one under par with one easy putt. The word “bird” was used during the early 1900s as a slang term describing something outstanding. As the players assessed the situation and commented on hitting such a “bird,” the term birdie was coined. At its peak, Atlantic City Country Club was the place to be. Serving as the center of social activity in Atlantic City, the likes of Jack Kelly, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra all frequented the club during its heyday. Mob boss Al Capone was rumored to have used the club as a hideout during his visit to the city, and Nucky Johnson, made famous via HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, used to frequent the club as well. Golfers anticipating a trip to this historic course can expect expertly manicured fairways surrounded by seaside shores and a view of Atlantic City looming in the distance. Feel the breeze blowing in off the coast as
you’re challenged to a rousing round of golf, putting your way over salt-water marshes and rolling greens. Golf Digest has named this course #1 Public Golf Course in New Jersey.
AC Historical Museum
Stop by the Atlantic City Historical Museum, situated right on the water, to learn all about this city by the sea. Their informative, and captivating, 30-minute video is a must-see and tells the intricately woven story of Atlantic City’s past. Pick up fun facts and knowledge regarding the Miss America Pageant, Monopoly and even Mr. Peanut. The museum is open Saturday to Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at no cost to visitors.
Red Door Spa
Leave the buzzing casino floors behind as you drift into a world of pure calm and relaxation at Harrah’s Red Door Spa. Go for a massage and rest your head on a heated pillow while aromatic scents fill the room and transport you to a place of peace. Indulge in one of their spa packages or choose from a variety of facials, massages, wraps, scrubs and other rejuvenating body treatments. Other services such as makeup application and manicures and pedicures are offered as well.
Road to the Crown
At the Sheraton Hotel you’ll find a collection of Miss America memorabilia. So fun! Walk the 'Road to the Crown' and get a glimpse into the world of American beauty. This self-guided walking tour will allow you the chance to explore the history and legacy of the pageant.
Shop, dine, fish, sightsee and more at Gardener's Basin down by the bay. Shoppers looking for one-of-a-kind boutiques and unique treasures can browse Crafter's Village wile those looking for something out of doors can visit the marina for sightseeing and fishing tours. Don't forget to stop by the Atlantic City Aquarium, too.
Construction on Atlantic City's world-famous Boardwalk began in 1870, and from them on it has become an American icon. Stroll along the Boardwalk and enjoy ocean views on one side and shopping on the other, ranging from high-end retail to saltwater taffy shops. Highly recommended is to take a ride on the iconic rolling chairs-you will be pushed along one of the most famous views in the U.S.
White House Subs
Sink your teeth into a true New Jersey sub at the home of submarines. White House Subs has been serving these delicious creations for more than seven decades! Their subs are made on bread that is baked fresh daily just for them – and it is fantastic. Visit the original location on Arctic Avenue for the authentic experience.
Dock's Oyster House
The oldest restaurant in the city and a local institution. Dock's was opened in 1897 by Harry Dougherty who intended to serve the best seafood and steaks in town. More than a century after opening, Doc's, a family-run operation, still maintains the same intention – high standards and some of the best food you've ever eaten. This small, yet cozy, oyster house offers six varieties of fresh oysters. One of our best meals – ever!
Bobby Flay Steak
Known for his Southwestern style of cooking, Bobby Flay Steak remains true to the chef with a variety of bold, spice-rubbed steaks. Delightful service and engaging fresh seafood display. This fine dining restaurant can be found inside the Borgata.
To learn more about Atlantic City, visit atlanticcitynj.com