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Atlantic City

Country
United States
State
New Jersey
City
Atlantic City
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Atlantic City International Airport (IATA: ACY) is located about 9 miles to the west of Atlantic City along the Atlantic City Expressway. Car rentals are available in the airport, as well as taxi service and passenger vans for larger groups. Bus service via NJTransit is also available with a connection through the Pleasantville Bus Terminal. Atlantic City International Airport is a smaller airport and only serviced by two airlines: Spirit  and AirTran ACY, however, is poorly connected to major airports, as AirTran's service offers a few flights to and from Atlanta, Boston, & Orlando while Spirit flights are generally bound for other tourist destinations in Florida and the Caribbean. For many travelers, it will make sense to fly into Philadelphia and drive the hour it takes to reach Atlantic City or take the train. Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL) is located about 60 miles to the west of Atlantic City. It is significantly larger than Atlantic City International and has more flights.

By train

NJ Transit offers train service from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station to Atlantic City, with several stops in New Jersey. One-way fare is $10.00, and the ride takes about an hour and a half. The train also has several stops along the way, including Cherry Hill, Lindenwold, and Atco.

Atlantic City Express Service offers express train services on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from New York City and Newark. Fares average around $45 each way for coach and $70 each way for first class. The ride takes about 2½ hours and the train also has a lounge car with a full bar. If you want to take the same route the cheap way, you can take the Atlantic City Rail Line to Lindenwold for the PATCO train. Transfer to the PATCO to Walter Rand Transportation Center for the RiverLINE light rail to Trenton. From there, take the Northeast Corridor Line to Penn Station, New York. The ride isn't as comfortable, and takes longer but costs about $21 each way. This is the only way to go to New York City on weekdays.

By Bus

Greyhound now offers scheduled service from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York directly to many of the Atlantic City casinos, as well as the Atlantic City Bus Terminal. Round-trip fares are typically between $20-40, depending on the city and destination. Greyhound's website lists the routes and schedules offered, as well as the various free play offers for bus passengers.
Many charter bus operators will offer Atlantic City trips originating from other parts of New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Southern New York. Many trips will come with casino chips and/or food vouchers for patrons. This particular route is popular with senior citizens.

Key places to visit
Ocean One Pier, Harrah's Atlantic City, Boardwalk, Absecon Lighthouse, Historical Museum, Ocean Life Center


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Places to Visit

Ocean One Pier

Ocean One has attracted visitors since 1906 when Captain John Young opened his famous Million Dollar Pier at this location. He even lived at the end of the pier in an elaborate marble villa with state of the art Edison-designed pastel lighting and garden sculptures.

Harrah's Atlantic City

Harrah's is a hotel offering: For children, a teen center filled with video games. For adults, there are stage shows featuring a variety of entertainers year-round.

Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is the most famous, most popular and most important attraction in Atlantic City. All the main attractions line this eight-foot wide, four-mile long stretch of wood that was built in 1970 along the shores of the ocean.

The boardwalk can be explored on foot, by bike or in the legendary rolling chair, a large whicker chair that is pushed by an attendant like a rickshaw (at 1605 The Boardwalk).

Absecon Lighthouse

Built in 1857, the 228-step Absecon Lighthouse boasts its original First-Order Fresnel lens and offers a view of the Atlantic. Recently renovated to commemorate New Jersey's 300th anniversary, the lighthouse is made of granite blocks, brick and iron and painted in its original black and yellow.

Historical Museum

The Atlantic City Historical Museum chronicles the history of the conversion from resort to paradise. The exhibits include artifacts, costumes, photographs, song sheets, postcards, and an array of Miss America memorabilia. A video shown throughout the day includes footage of the Miss America Pageant, archival Thomas Edison beach shots, and the famous high-diving horse.

Ocean Life Center

A weather station, at least 100 species of marine life in about 30,000 gallons of water, and educational programs for all ages are at this museum in the Gardner's Basin walking mall.
New Hampshire Avenue and the Bay (where Absecon Inlet meets Clam Creek). Call (609) 348-2880 for more information.

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