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Entertainment and Attractions

Atlantic City and its neighboring communities offer much more than just casino gaming. Attractions and events of all kinds are scattered throughout the region, providing plenty of family fun and prime nightlife entertainment.

WORLD-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT VENUES

It’s amazing to think that the now world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk was originally constructed in 1870 as a mere solution to prevent sand from infesting the luxurious oceanfront hotels. Now Atlantic City’s signature centerpiece, this expansive promenade is lined with the best entertainment and attractions around, from museums, casinos and amusement piers to performing arts venues, shops and restaurants.

The Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall is the area’s prime entertainment venue, hosting an assortment of events, including a range of musical performances, popular ice shows and ice hockey tournaments, such as the upcoming ECAC Hockey, circuses, basketball tournaments including the A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship and much more.

Featuring its 10th and largest location on the East Coast in Showboat – the Mardi Gras Casino, House of Blues® brings a whole new attitude to the Boardwalk. HOB includes a casino and a 45-table poker room, southern-inspired restaurant, multi-level Music Hall, Worship nightclub and The Foundation Room.

Featuring a year-round events schedule for people of all ages, the Stockton Performing Arts Center, the Jersey Shore’s Center for the Arts, is located on the campus of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona, NJ.

MUSEUMS, MEMORIALS & MORE

With more than 17 aquarium tanks totaling 30,000-plus gallons of sea water, 10 marine and maritime exhibits, two touch tanks, special events and much more, the Atlantic City Aquarium located at Historic Gardner’s Basin is an attraction not to be missed.

The Atlantic City Art Center is a winsome gallery overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It presents three regularly changing exhibition galleries featuring a variety of works from prominent regional and national artists. In addition, the Art Center hosts a number of year-round activities, including concerts, artist demonstrations, literary readings and gallery discussions.

Take a glimpse back in time through historical photographs and artifacts at the Atlantic City Historical Museum. Shown throughout the day is the “Boardwalk Ballyhoo: The Magic of Atlantic City,” a documentary highlighting the city’s history, its biggest events and the resort destination of today.

Standing six stories high and weighing in at 90 tons, Lucy The Elephant is definitely a sight to see. Built in 1881 and listed as a National Historic Landmark, Lucy hails as the nation’s oldest existing example of zoomorphic architecture. She was restored in the 1970s and moved to her current location at Washington and Atlantic avenues in Margate, where she has resided ever since as a museum.

Located at one of Atlantic City’s historical gems, the Carnegie Library, the Civil Rights Garden is a public sculpture garden that pays homage to the originators of the great Civil Rights Movement.

Nestled within Brighton Park, the New Jersey Korean War Memorial was created in order to both give respect to those who dedicated their lives to the war and to ensure that generations to come remember those veterans and the freedom they protected.

Leaming’s Run Gardens and Colonial Farm, located in Swainton, is the perfect place for a stroll along winding paths that celebrate nature’s most breathtaking flowers and plants.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine rehabilitates stranded sea animals, including whales, dolphins, seals and turtles. It offers public visiting hours and features an animal husbandry museum and other educational exhibits.

LIGHTHOUSES

The landmark Absecon Lighthouse stands as New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and the third- tallest lighthouse in the U.S. A ground floor museum and gift shop offers a look into the lighthouse’s distinct history in Atlantic City.

The beautiful Cape May Point Lighthouse, with 218 steps to mount before reaching the top, dates back to 1859. The 157-foot-plus lighthouse draws more than 100,000 visitors annually to indulge in the gorgeous panoramic views.

Constructed in 1874, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in North Wildwood features a museum teeming with unique artifacts and antiques, as well as a working light.

OTHER AMUSEMENTS

Representing the largest amusement piers worldwide, Morey’s Piers is the ideal spot for great family fun. Located in nearby Wildwood, Morey’s Piers is comprised of three amusement piers featuring more than 100 rides and attractions, as well as two beachfront water parks.

Steel Pier is the premier family entertainment destination in Atlantic City. The Steel Pier is home to more than 20 amusing rides, a variety of games and great food.

POPULAR EVENTS

Atlantic City Restaurant Week is a seven-day celebration of the culinary scene in the Atlantic City area. More than 70 restaurants from throughout Atlantic County participate by offering special menu selections for lunch and dinner at discounted prices.

The Atlantic City Airshow, also referred to as the “Thunder Over the Boardwalk,” is the largest one-day, mid-week, over-the-ocean airshow in the U.S., drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to view skilled pilots performing awe-inspiring demonstrations and fly-bys that are viewable from nearly anywhere in the area.

During the warm summer months, be sure to check out the Chicken Bone Beach Concert Series, a Thursday night event at Kennedy Plaza. Through August, guests have the opportunity to enjoy two free jazz acts, one headliner and one up-and-coming jazz artist, reflecting the great entertainment of the Kentucky Avenue Chicken Bone Beach era.

The annual Atlantic City Marathon promotes the benefits of running and features runs for every age, level and ability. The courses take place along the famous Boardwalk and through the streets of Atlantic City, and neighboring Ventnor, Margate and Longport.

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