From being a desolate island of sand and marshes, Atlantic City has become the fourth most popular destination in the USA, welcoming over 35 million visitors a year. Atlantic City entertainment includes world class casinos and hotels, sandy beaches, a 4 mile long – amusement filled –  boardwalk, diverse outdoor activities and great restaurants and shops. Atlantic City is within 300 miles of 80% of the population of the United States.

For many years, Atlantic City has kept pace with its rival, Las Vegas, in terms of gaming revenue and the number of visitors, despite a much smaller population of 40,000.  Legalised gaming in neighbouring States has stimulated major developments in the City.  These include “The Walk,” eight blocks of up market shops which opened in 2004 and expanded in 2007.  Tropicana and Caesar’s each spent over $300 million on “The Quarter” and “The Pier” which are shopping, entertainment and restaurant complexes. The “Borgata,” a high class resort partly owned by MGM, is undergoing a $400 million expansion.  Many of the new developments are intended to enhance Atlantic City’s unique ocean frontage.

Luxurious hotels and casino resorts vie with each other to provide top-name Atlantic City entertainment, gambling, dining and shopping. You can play and stay in one of the 11 such resorts in Atlantic City. Nightlife extends beyond the casinos. Check out the 40/40 Club, Jay-z’s Sports Bar, rock at the House of Blues, party at the Providence or join the entertainment at Planet Rose, the ultimate karaoke bar.

However, if gambling is not for you there are many other attractions and entertainments for all the family. For the fit ones, a climb of 228 steps will take you to the top of the recently restored Absecon Lighthouse and a spectacular view of Atlantic City.

The Atlantic City Aquarium is small but great for kids. There are three floors with an observation deck on top.

Dedicated shopaholics will not be disappointed. Outlets at The Walk, The Pier, and the Quarter cater for all tastes and budgets.  If the feet are suffering during the shopping, take a Rolling Chair, unique to Atlantic City, which is a 3-person vehicle, pushed by an attendant.

There are dozens of fine restaurants – too many to mention by name. One that the kids will enjoy is the Rainforest Cafe where you can eat in a lifelike jungle atmosphere with hanging vines and animatronic animals such as elephants, gorillas and tropical birds, which come to life from time to time. The lights dim and flicker as the simulated thunderstorms arrive.  By the way try the Volcano Dessert.

Other Atlantic City Entertainment:

Lenape Park. Located in May’s Landing with a sandy beach on Lake Lenape which offers picnic ares, water sports, amusement rides and mini golf.

The Steel Pier has 24 rides and a food court with free admission.

Storybook Land is a 20 acre family fun park with over 50 storybook attractions and family rides.

Tuckerton Seaport is where you can step back in time and meet whalers, shrimpers, oystermen, clammers and ships captains, on this 40 acre site.

Wheaton Village is a centre dedicated to American  crafts. There are daily demonstrations, a museum and special events.

As you can see Atlantic City is not just about gaming. It is an exciting holiday destination for all the family. It is a great place to visit off season too when you are more likely to get budget prices  for travel and hotels. For your next fun family vacation try – Atlantic City entertainment for the whole family.

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