Popularized largely in light of the recent HBO hit television series, Boardwalk Empire and recently devastated by Hurricane Sandy, Atlantic City is already back in business and serving to the sins and whims of millions. Hurricane Sandy did extensive damage to the Atlantic City shoreline when it hit late in 2012, though cleanup crews were able to bring Atlantic City back to 90% within just a couple of weeks. Whether you’re interested in playing games of chance of the Boardwalk, taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean or gambling at any of over ten casinos, Atlantic City is a trip worth taking twice.
Atlantic City is known best for its over mile long Boardwalk that stretches dozens of blocks along the shore. First time visitors may be interested in hiring a cabbie to get around quickly: they have hand-held rolling karts with a bench seat that make travel a breeze. Along the Boardwalk there are dozens of hot dog shops, funnel cake shops, arcade game rooms and souvenir shops. If you’re traveling with kids, this is by far the best bet to keep them occupied.
From the Boardwalk, there are multiple entrances onto the Atlantic City beach. Despite rumors, the beach is actually quite clean. Seaweed and shells excluded, there are few if any pieces of trash hiding under the Boardwalk steps or in the sand dunes. New Jersey keeps it that way by enforcing heavy fines on litterers, so be sure to find a trash can if you’re done with your plate!
For adults, casinos are the playground of Atlantic City. Craps, poker, blackjack and roulette tables of various minimums line thousands of square feet of property here. Some of the top favorite casinos of tourists include Caesar’s Palace, the Trump Taj Mahal, the Showboat, Bally’s and the Borgata.