Atlantic City + The Jersey Shore

Atlantic City + The Jersey Shore Travel Guide

Whether you’re a beach bum or a night owl, there’s always something to do in Atlantic City. The boardwalk was the first ever built, put up over a century ago by local business owners who wanted to prevent sand from being tracked onto their properties. Walk the stretch for entertainment, gambling, and ice cream. Lucy the Margate elephant is a phenomenon unique to AC. The beachfront mascot was constructed in 1881 to attract land buyers to the area. Since then it has been used as a hotel, a beach cottage, a private mansion, and a tavern (when she was almost destroyed by rowdy patrons). Now, Lucy is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours by the public. Comedy Club is Atlantic City's most popular place for standup-- great to unwind after taking chances while gambling. Afterwards, check out the indoor theme park at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Tivoli Pier. Stop in at the Blue Martini, one of Atlantic City’s boardwalk lounges, or drop by the Atlantic City Historical Museum for a look into AC’s quirky past.

Stop by this tourism center to grab a free map for a Doo-Wop Preservation Tour of Wildwoods’ wildest neon-lit 1950’s architecture.

Specializing in a mix of contemporary designers and disco-era vintage.

Explore 90 miles of sandy beaches, then take a look around the 150-year-old Barnegat Lighthouse. The centerpiece of the museum is the lighthouse's 1856 Fresnel lens, fabricated in Paris by Henri Le Paute and composed of more than 1,000 individual prisms fitted into a massive iron frame.

Here, you can visit a herd of alpacas and buy homespun scarves, shawls, and sweaters.

You'll find well-priced industrial-modern pieces at this excellent furniture boutique.

A shop packed to the rafters with driftwood sculptures and seashells.

The two-year-old Pier Shops at Caesar's, an edifice stretching 1,000 feet into the Atlantic, houses the largest shopping-mall fountain in the world. The mall is chockablock with luxury retailers - Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Louis Vuitton.

Just when you think this beach couldn't possibly get more retro - not an iPod or cell phone in sight - a clean shaven Wally Cleaver look-alike drives up in his vintage 1960's Good Humor ice cream truck. $5 day passes can be purchased from the tag-checkers who roam the shoreline.

About 30 miles up the coast from Atlantic City, Long Beach Island is a narrow strip of sand just two blocks wide and 20 miles long that's linked to the Jersey mainland by a narrow causeway. There's only one route on and off the island, which gets backed up for miles on weekends.

Take one of the excellent guided birding walks at Cape May Point, on the Delaware Bay.

Watch master boatbuilders in this workshop at the Tuckerton Seaport, a living-history museum of coastal arts and crafts.