Any time of year is a great time to travel to Atlantic City, New Jersey, but the summer season is arguably the best time to do so. Among its many wonderful attributes, New Jersey is perhaps best known for its breathtaking Jersey Shore beaches. Aptly named, the city borders the Atlantic Ocean, and it is also filled with top-notch restaurants, amazing nightlife, luxurious casinos, water sports facilities, and more.
The resort town is full of opulent attractions like spas, upscale shopping, and exquisite dining, yet Atlantic City is a relatively small town with plenty of free and affordable things to do. If you ever decide to go, here are some of the most recommended Atlantic City vacation rentals where you can have a comfortable stay without spending too much cash. Still not convinced? Here are three more of our top recommendations for things to do when in the city:
Atlantic City Boardwalk
The Atlantic City Boardwalk is the city’s most recognizable landmark, in addition to the casinos and beaches. The boardwalk, which runs the length of this seaside town in New Jersey for more than five miles along the Atlantic Ocean’s coast, is a popular tourist destination. There are also plenty of attractions on the boardwalk for people of all ages. You may weave in and out of massive casinos to test your luck at poker tables and gambling machines or simply to explore restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife.
Beyond the casinos, the boardwalk is filled with performers, boutiques and shops, restaurants, and a ton of amusements. Piers that protrude into the water along the boardwalk are home to a variety of attractions. For instance, the Steel Pier is well-known for its adrenaline-filled rides and carnival games, whereas Garden Pier is famed for its culture and art scene. Last but not least, the boardwalk is home to a variety of stores selling local treats like Saltwater Taffy, fudge, and souvenirs from AC.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Check out this bizarre museum if you’re seeking unusual yet enjoyable family activities in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The “Odditorium” of the museum, as it is appropriately called, is home to a huge number of unusual exhibits. The world’s smallest car, a spider built out of scissors and knives, a jelly bean roulette table, and scary shrunken skulls are just a few of the many unusual items visitors may expect to encounter. The curiosities keep coming despite the museum’s nearly 12,000 sq ft of area.
Along with the unusual displays, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! is also the location of the “Lazer Maze Challenge.” In this challenge, players must navigate their way to the lazer-filled maze while simultaneously avoiding contact with the beams. At the end of the day, you’ll leave the museum wondering how you could have come across so many things to do under one strange roof.
Chicken Bone Beach
The city of Atlantic City probably doesn’t take much pride in the New Jersey history of Chicken Bone Beach. The baseless rumor that African Americans left chicken bones behind on this “blacks-only beach” in the early to mid-1900s led to the naming of Chicken Bone Beach, a once segregated beach. Long after the Civil War ended, the beach was segregated due to pressure from neighborhood businesses, a terrible period in American history.
The beach, like all beaches in AC, wasn’t open to everyone until 1964, when the Civil Rights Act was passed. The beach mixes in with the others, but a memorial plaque makes it stand out from the rest. This beach is just one of many interesting yet beautiful sites to visit if you’re interested in taking a delightful walk along the New Jersey coast with a dash of American history.