Once a desolate area of sand, marshes and wilderness, the Atlantic City region is now one of New Jersey?s most vibrant and recognizable areas. The famed Atlantic City Boardwalk is one of the state?s most iconic images, stretching nearly 4 miles along the city?s waterfront. The boardwalk?s evolution from simple sand barrier to a hotspot of shopping, amusement parks and casinos helped bring Atlantic City from its sleepy beginnings to its current status as New Jersey?s premier resort city.
The 24-foot wide boardwalk is a great place to stroll and the best place to try Atlantic City?s world-famous specialty foods: saltwater taffy or fresh roasted peanuts. For those who enjoy shopping, the waterfront offers 60 colonial-era shops and specialty vendors. And perhaps nothing symbolizes Atlantic City more than the midway games and amusement rides that line much of the boardwalk.
Atlantic City also offers the complete casino gaming experience. With 12 casino resorts and countless clubs, bars and excellent restaurants, the city provides 24-hour entertainment. The only thing that can compare with a perfect Atlantic City day is an unforgettable Atlantic City night.
The boardwalk also includes Ripley?s ?Believe It or Not!? Museum, which houses an odd collection of ?artifacts? including a lock of George Washington?s hair and a 27-room miniature wooden castle. One of the most unusual museums is ?Lucy the Elephant" in Margate, a 65-foot high wooden elephant that stands looking out to sea. Built in 1881 by an eccentric land speculator, the structure has become one of the area?s most notable landmarks.
One of Atlantic City's most popular attractions is the Absecon Lighthouse, a 171-foot tower that was built in 1857. Over the years, thousands of visitors have ventured here to climb the 228 steps and see the spectacular view from the top of New Jersey?s tallest lighthouse.
The Atlantic City Art Center overlooks the beach and features three exhibition galleries that change monthly. The Noyes Museum of Art houses 19th and 20th century American fine art, craft and folk art with an emphasis on regional artists. At Historic Boardwalk Hall one can see everything from family shows and concerts to professional boxing and hockey.