So many of us exited the spring in a frenzy and need a summer getaway — big time! With many still hedging bets on COVID-19 and the moving target that it is, Atlantic City, New Jersey, may be just what you need. The casinos have reopened with certain limitations such as dining in their outdoor portions of their restaurants. Most restaurants are offering takeout and delivery as well. But each day, the restrictions get a little more relaxed, and sooner or later, we will be back to normal (or at least closer to normal). But Atlantic City is so much more than casinos. Consider the myriad of recreational activities that are currently operational such as fishing, kayaking, swimming, the ocean, beaches, golf, the boardwalk and more.
The Atlantic City Boardwalk is lined with grand hotels, resorts, shops, casinos and more. It’s is the backbone of this seaside resort city. Stemming off the main boardwalk are several piers that feature a collection of attractions and some unique shopping venues. Our favorite is the Garden Pier which serves as the arts and cultural center of Atlantic City.
Don’t miss the Atlantic City historical museum and Atlantic City Art Center. Take a stroll on the boardwalk and experience with local goodies such as salt water taffy and delicious fudge to Atlantic City-themed souvenirs and gifts. See the famous Lucy the Elephant, the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk feature. For the more upscale experience, visit The Pier Shops at Caesars with world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and about 90 high-end shops and restaurants. Here you can see and purchase luxury items from labels including Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Most casinos have gift shops that are accessible from the boardwalk too.
If the boardwalk isn’t your fancy, venture out to the Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey. Perhaps spend a day on a deep-sea fishing excursion from their numerous head boats and charters. Those who wish to do something else can go outlet mall shopping, or see murals or check out the wind farm. Of course, a favorite activity is relaxing at one of the luxurious day spas.
And of course, the best way to experience the outdoors, in our opinion, is to feel the sand between your toes on one of the top East Coast beaches. Also on the water, you can learn to surf, go sea kayaking, bodyboarding, stand-up paddle-boarding, swim, watch the dolphins, or of course, lounge on the beach with a good book as you listen to the surf and breathe in the salt air. More adventurous folks may try parasailing.
Golfers will find Atlantic City a golfer’s paradise. With nearly twenty championship-caliber golf courses within a half-hour of Atlantic City area, there is something for every skill level. In fact, Golfweek Magazine puts many of Atlantic City’s courses in the Top 10 New Jersey golf experiences. Forbestravelguide.com gave it a “Top 10 Golf Cities in America” designation. Most of the area’s courses also made it on to the “best places to play” list in Golf Digest. GolfDigest.com claims “Atlantic City is a terrific low-cost, high-quality golf destination.”
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