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.

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.

Shore punks flock to this bowling alley for rock shows and a friendly bar.

One of the best-preserved Victorian districts in America, with crape myrtles sprouting from sidewalks and American-flag bunting hanging from impeccable gingerbread porches laden with rockers and wicker furniture, Cape May is the nation's first seaside resort and southernmost point in New Jersey.

Go for a spin on the boardwalk carousel. Some of the hand-carved animals—there are 58, in all—date to the 1890s.

Lucy, Margate's iconic 65-foot-tall elephant-shaped house, now open to the public.

A Riviera-style private beach club lures peace-seeking fashionistas with trendy drinks, open-air lounges, and serviced cabanas by the sea. When the sun fades, the DJ starts spinning.

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.