We know planning can be cumbersome. So, we have developed a number of itineraries with varying interests for Atlantic City vacations in the region. Choose from our examples of travel itineraries, use them as a starting point, follow them directly or combine them. However you use them, they, like us, are here to help you when planning a group tour.
Heather Colache, Director of Tourism
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For those who think a place’s history is as enjoyable as the present, this travel itinerary example is for you, because we know it just wouldn’t be a vacation without stepping into a museum.
Morning: There is nothing better than a morning stroll on the world-famous historic Atlantic City Boardwalk. It’s also the first Boardwalk, built in 1870 to help keep sand from being tracked into hotels and was recently rated one of the best beach boardwalks in the nation. It’s also where you’ll find many piers, notably Garden Pier just north of Showboat casino. Located there is the Atlantic City Historical Museum, where you can get a glimpse of Atlantic City’s unusual past. An enlightening 30-minute film and the famous Mr. Peanut are just part of the offerings to enjoy.
Also just off the Boardwalk is the New Jersey State Korean War Memorial, located in Brighton Park where Park Place meets the Boardwalk. It features a 12-foot high statue of "The Mourning Soldier" clutching dog tags. A group of soldiers "under fire" emerges through a sheet of water just to his left. The back wall of the memorial, beneath an eternal flame, is engraved with the names of the 822 New Jerseyans who were killed or are still missing in action.
Just past Historic Boardwalk Hall near Florida Avenue and the Boardwalk is the Boardwalk Empire façade display featuring a store front exhibit with images from HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire" television show. It’s the perfect place for a photo op. You can also enjoy a life size Monopoly game display on the Boardwalk at Dennis Courtyard in front of Bally’s Atlantic City.
Afternoon: Located easily on Pacific Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard is the Civil Rights Garden. It’s a one-of-a-kind tribute to the Civil Rights movement. Eleven black African granite columns are etched with quotes from famous Americans. The central column features an upraised hand and a large bronze bell over a reflecting pool.
Located in nearby Margate, what was once known as South Atlantic City, Lucy the Elephant is one piece of history you should not miss. Now over a hundred years old, Lucy the Elephant was originally built to lure real estate investors to the shore. Since then she has served as a restaurant, a tavern and even a house. 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. You can climb to the "howdah" on Lucy’s back for a panoramic view of the ocean, beach and surrounding area. Open seasonally.
Evening: There are many long-established restaurants in Atlantic City including Knife and Fork, formerly a speakeasy during prohibition. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to George Clooney have eaten at White House Sub Shop. Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern is as popular for its home-made wine as for it’s pasta as good as mamma used to make.
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If your idea of relaxing is a nice five-mile jog, three-mile swim or meditating with 100 crunches on a hot day, then Atlantic City is the place for you. Check out this travel itinerary example for some of our outdoor highlights!
Day 1 Morning: For some of us, the day doesn’t begin without our morning workout. And the Boardwalk is the perfect place to flex those muscles and work up some sweat. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (12 p.m. during the winter) bicycling is the way to go on the Boardwalk. It may not be the Tour de France, but with more than four miles of boards to ride, it certainly can get the job done. The Boardwalk is also where joggers go to get in their run, and they come from far and wide. It’s even the location of a yearly marathon in October.
Day 1 Afternoon: It may be a sunbather’s paradise and one of the top East Coast beaches, but the Atlantic City beach is also where you’ll find plenty of athletes and competitive opportunities. Have a ball with a game of handball or volleyball, there are even several volleyball tournaments that take place throughout the summer. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean offers an awesome opportunity to catch some waves, learn to surf, or even practice your breaststroke. And for those runners who’ve caught the barefoot running bug, can you think of a better place to get some sand between your toes?
Day 2 Afternoon: Fore! Come on, you know you can fit in a game, especially with more than 30 golf courses within 30 miles of Atlantic City. In fact, the area is fast becoming a new golf mecca, with high-quality courses covering the breadth of golfing capabilities, from novice to pro. Many of our courses are championship-caliber, designed by some of the top course consultants in the country. And if you’re looking for diversity, it lives at the heart of our golf world – ocean courses and bayside links, pine-bordered fairways and pristine greens, challenging bunkers and wind-blown sand dunes.
Day 2 Evening: From Scales and Back Bay Ale House in Historic Gardner’s Basin to the new Chart House at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, in Atlantic City you can dine in style and among the elements at the same time. The Boardwalk has numerous places you can stop and get a bite to eat and people watch all at the same time. The bay area also features restaurants with relaxing atmosphere including the Wonder Bar and Old Waterway Inn.
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Sitting on the beach is certainly a favorite pastime for many in Atlantic City. But for others, it’s not a vacation until you’ve done something to get the blood flowing. This travel itinerary example is for those who want to get out and see the sights.
Morning: Gardner's Basin, located on New Hampshire Avenue and the bay, is the place to catch cruises and fishing excursions. Hop aboard Cruisin’ 1 for the Morning Skyline cruise, which provides a tour of Atlantic City's ever-changing skyline and calm back bays. Marine Mammal Adventure cruises spot dolphins in summer and includes commentary from an onboard marine naturalist. You can also see the sights in a different way by taking to the sky parasailing.
The "Highroller" also departs from Gardner's Basin for back bay fishing on a 50-foot pontoon boat for a calm-water experience where "Nobody Gets Seasick." There are two trips daily, and private charters are available.
Afternoon: Thrill seekers will definitely want to stop off at Central Pier. Feed your need for speed with Nascar go-carts and hit the gas on this raceway over the Atlantic Ocean. Or, instead of speeding up you can load up and take a crack at "Shoot the Geek" paintball.
Isn’t it time you learned to surf? The AC Surf School teaches young and young at heart at S. Raleigh Avenue in Atlantic City. Then, show off your surfing skills at Crystal Beach at New Hampshire Avenue, Delaware Avenue Beach and Downtown Beach right there at Raleigh Avenue. Kayaking and windsurfing enthusiasts can bring their equipment down to Jackson Avenue beach and spend hours out on the water
Evening: Enjoy a bite to eat on the Boardwalk. Whether you want to walk while you eat famous Boardwalk food like pizza, corndogs or funnel cake, or enjoy a relaxing sit-down meal at any of the restaurants, you’ll find something to suit your taste. Then, head over to The Quarter at Tropicana and take in a movie experience with the only IMAX Theater in Atlantic City. The theater is equipped to show 2D and 3D movies as well as the latest Hollywood event.
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