A Seven-Day itinerary for Atlantic City, New Jersey

Enjoy this guest travel plan from Nisha.

Atlantic City, the East Coast’s gambling mecca, lies along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean on the New Jersey Shore. Nearby Jersey Shore beach resort towns include Beach Haven, Brigantine and Ocean City. While Atlantic City is famous for its multitude of casinos, visitors to this popular destination for both long vacations and short trips also enjoy shopping, fine dining and beach-going activities. If you’re spending a week in Atlantic City, it’s best to create an itinerary so you can choose beforehand from the multitude of experiences AC has to offer.

Day One

Atlantic City has almost a dozen casino resorts that combine luxury hotel accommodations with casino gambling halls. All the casino resorts include a number of restaurants, dining venues and bars. You’ll find everything from fine dining to pizza places to coffee shops to nightclubs without every having to leave the building. On your first day in AC, you might want to familiarize yourself with your particular resort.

Bally’s, for example, has 21 restaurants and six lounges, along with two pools, a multitude of shops and thousands of square feet set aside for conventions and meetings. That’s all in addition to the casino gaming areas that made Bally’s famous. The smaller Harrah’s casino resort features the new addition of a luxurious tropical pool under a glass dome along with its other amenities.

Have breakfast at the coffee shop or cafe and then check out the gift shop and spa. Eat lunch at the pizza place or snack bar. Stroll outside to the boardwalk or deck by your hotel if the weather is nice. You can spend the afternoon at the casino, or have an early dinner in the hotel’s finest restaurant before hitting the blackjack table. By the end of your first day, you should be familiar with the resort and ready to venture out to see the city’s other sights.

Day Two

Take a day off from gambling and explore the town. Learn about the city at the Atlantic City Historical Museum. The museum near the Boardwalk is free and open from Monday through Friday.

Have lunch on the Boardwalk, and then head uptown to the famous Atlantic City Aquarium. Over a hundred species of exotic marine life are on display, such as sea turtles, live coral and sharks. Activities and events take place weekly, and the attached marina with boat rides, crafter’s village, shopping and dining give you the opportunity for many hours of fun. After a tour of the aquarium, relax with a brew at the adjacent Back Bay Ale House.

Day Three

Venture farther out from your hotel and stroll up and down the Boardwalk, which is several miles long and packed with shopping, entertainment, dining and, of course, more casinos. You’ll have dozens of opportunities to purchase AC-centric T-shirts, beach bags, hats and sports gear, as well as unique jewelry and other accessories. Have lunch in one of the dozens of eating establishments that line the walk after you pick up some souvenirs for the folks at home.

If you’re there during the summer, head for the amusement park area at the Steel Pier for more excitement. This large family entertainment area will soon begin a major overhaul, including the planned addition of a roller coaster. Tickets are sold singly for a dollar, and in coupon books of 35, 80 and 200 at a discount. On Thursdays–wristband day–you can frolic through the rides and attractions all day with the purchase of a $40 wristband.

Day Four

You might want to spend the night gambling because your vacation is about halfway through, but the day can be filled with more opportunities to shop. The shopping complexes at the Boardwalk and nearby Marina District sell everything from designer purses to beachwear. There’s something for everyone at shops in venues like The Walk, which houses Atlantic City’s multiple outlet stores including Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and Nautica; Central Square, with boutiques and small local shops; and the Pier Shops at Caesar’s, with high-end designer stores such as Tiffany, Armani and Gucci where you can go after you hit the jackpot. The Quarter at Tropicana features exclusive specialty stores that include a wine shop, Godiva Chocolatiers, Brookstone and Swarovski.

Day Five

Take some quiet time away from the flashing lights and nonstop action of the casinos and Boardwalk in the Civil Rights Garden. The peaceful sculpture garden lies about a block from the Boardwalk. Stroll along the winding pathways lined with shrubs and flowers, and see the granite columns and sculptures inscribed with quotes and anecdotes from civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr.

Continue your break from the hustle and bustle by taking in a film at the IMAX at the Tropicana. The theatre runs Hollywood movies and documentaries, all in 3-D on giant screens. If you’re there at the right time, you can score some tickets to The Comedy Stop to see nationally recognized standup comics like Lewis Black, Judy Tenuta and Ray Romano.

Day Six

Get out of town for a while and explore the Jersey Shore area around Atlantic City. Cross the bridge into Ocean City to lie on the beautiful beach for a while or to go kayaking or parasailing. Drive to Absecom and climb 240 steps to the top of its lighthouse, which has stood as a beacon to sailors since 1857.

Get some photos taken with Lucy the Elephant, the giant pachyderm in Margate that is included in the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks. Stop in Brigantine for a stroll on its beach, which is far more quiet and secluded than AC’s and Ocean City’s. Then dine on some delicious local seafood before heading back to AC.

Day Seven

Spend the morning packing to go home, then make sure you’ve taken pictures in all the spots you want to remember. The distinctive entrances of some of the casinos, such as the Trump Taj Mahal and Caesar’s, make good spots for fun vacation photos you can reminisce over for years to come.

Enjoy your favorite restaurant at the resort one last time for lunch. Hit any shops you might have missed and pick up some last-minute souvenirs before you head home.

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My name is Nisha I work as the editor for http://www.holiday365.co.uk/ – I have been representing the business for the last 2 years now.

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