Atlantic City Tourist Information and Tourism

(Atlantic City, New Jersey - NJ, USA)

Atlantic City is one of the oldest seaside resorts in America and has long been a tourist magnet. Located on Abescon Island, in the state of New Jersey NJ, Atlantic City grew dramatically after the arrival of the railroad in the 1850s.

Now a major gambling resort with a number of enormous casino complexes, such as Caesars, Bally's, Sands and Donald Trump's Taj Mahal Casino, Atlantic City boasts a number of spectacular beaches, and the world's first boardwalk, built in 1870. Atlantic City's boardwalk is lined with amusement piers, museums, restaurants and a host of other popular tourist attractions, including the famous and extremely historic Rolling Chairs.

There are plenty of affordable hotels throughout Atlantic City, many of which are situated in the city center, along North Maine Avenue, Pacific Avenue, South Kentucky Avenue, the Boardwalk area and nearby highways. Representing all levels of budget, hotel rooms in Atlantic City should always be booked prior to your arrival in the city. More information about Atlantic City Hotels.

Tourism is now a firm part of life in Atlantic City and the city's main tourism center is the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, which is situated along Pacific Avenue. Full of invaluable tourism information about sightseeing and guided tours around the Atlantic City area, the tourist information outlet offers a selection of glossy brochures about individual tourist attractions and tourism in many of Atlantic City's neighborhoods, including the Atlantic City Beaches, the Marina District and the Boardwalk region.

Atlantic City has countless impressive tourist attractions, such as Atlantic City Aquarium / Ocean Life Center - an exciting complex featuring large aquariums and many hands-on maritime-themed displays; Caesar's Atlantic City Hotel Casino - located in the center of the Boardwalk, with numerous gaming tables, slots machines and gambling opportunities; the Rolling Chairs - covered seats on wheels, pushed along the Boardwalk area by experienced guides for more than 100 years; the Steel Pier - featuring classic family entertainment and fun rides, dating back to the late 19th century; and the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort - a major central casino, styled with a flavour of India by famous businessman Donald Trump.

Other tourist attractions in Atlantic City include the Absecon Lighthouse - towering above the Atlantic ocean since the mid-19th century, with superb coastal views; Boardwalk Hall - a vast and historic landmark, famous for once being the world's largest building; Cape May Lighthouse - one of America's oldest operating lighthouses, with 199 steps to the top and a small museum; Lucy The Elephant - a massive and quite unusual elephant structure, constructed in the late 19th century; the Central Pier - playing host to fun video games, go-carting and typical pier rides; and Cape May Point State Park - an important habitat for migrating sea birds, covering more than 200 acres / 80 hectares of truly diverse landscape. More information about Atlantic City Tourist Attractions and Atlantic City Landmarks.

Some of the main museums and art galleries in Atlantic City include Ripley's Believe It Or Not - full of curious exhibits and things to be amazed by; Atlantic City Historical Museum - located along the Boardwalk, with important historic information about 'America's Favorite Playground'; Cape May County's Historical Museum and Genealogical Society - a short drive south of Atlantic City, full of period furnishings, textiles and local artifacts; the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and Museum - with interesting displays and information about marine life rescue operations from the Atlantic City area; and the Atlantic City Art Center - standing on Garden Pier, boasting three spacious galleries exhibiting many appealing works of art. More information about Atlantic City Museums and Atlantic City Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions close to Atlantic City include the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division - a vast coastal refuge, with walking trails and an abundance of wildlife; Renault Winery - actually America's oldest vineyard, founded in 1864, to the west of Atlantic City on US 30; Storybook Land - a large family theme park, situated around 10 miles / 16 km to the west of Atlantic City; the Towne of Historic Smithville - a charming village close to Atlantic City, with a number of shops, restaurants and historic attractions; and the Philadelphia - birthplace of the US Declaration of Independence and actually the original capital of America, now known as the 'City of Brotherly Love'. More information about Atlantic City Attractions Nearby.

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