Atlantic City Entertainment, Attractions, Hotels, and Casinos

Atlantic City, New Jersey is a fantastic East Coast vacation destination due tos the beach, great activities, and more. VME offers Atlantic City vacation packages that are the easiest way to plan a vacation.

Atlantic City is a resort community located on Absecon Island, just off the coast of New Jersey. This area has been a tourist magnet since 1854, when Philadelphia speculators created it as a rail terminal resort. In 1909, at the peak of the seaside town's popularity, Baedeker wrote 'there is something colossal about its vulgarity' — a quality which it sustains today, even while beset by bankruptcy and decay. The real-life model for the board game Monopoly, it has an impressive history of popular culture, boasting the nation's first Boardwalk (1870), the world's first Big Wheel (1892), the first color postcards (1893) and the first Miss America Beauty Pageant (cunningly devised to extend the tourist season in 1921, and still held here yearly).

During Prohibition and the Depression, the town was a center for rum-running, packed with speakeasies and illegal gambling dens. Thereafter, in the face of increasing competition from Florida, it slipped into a steep decline, until desperate city officials decided in 1976 to open up the decrepit resort to legal gambling.

Atlantic City Info

  • Elevation: 8 feet
  • County: Atlantic
  • Land area: 11.3 square miles
  • Number of Radio Stations: AM — 2; FM — 8
  • Number of TV Stations: 4

Atlantic City Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 35.1° F; July: 75.2° F
  • Average annual rainfall — 38.6 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 15.7 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas:

  • Atlanta, GA — 829 miles
  • Charleston, SC — 726 miles
  • Charlotte, NC — 590 miles
  • Memphis, TN — 1058 miles
  • Miami, FL — 1252 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 1268 miles
  • New York City, NY — 127 miles
  • Philadelphia, PA — 62 miles
  • Raleigh, NC — 452 miles
  • Washington, DC — 181 miles

Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911
  • Atlantic City Medical Center; Address: 1925 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401; Telephone: (609)345-4000.
  • Shore Memorial Hospital; Address: 1 East New York Avenue, Somers Point, NJ 08244; Telephone: (609)653-3500.
  • Betty Bacharach Rehab Center; Address: 61 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, NJ 08240; Telephone: (609)652-7000.

Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Beaches
  • Boardwalk
  • Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum
  • Steel Pier family amusement park
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Planet Hollywood
  • July/August — Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Concert Series
  • Ocean Life Center
  • Miss America Pageant
  • Gardners Basin
  • Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina
  • Absecon State Wildlife Management Area
  • Mark G. Etness Arena
  • Sandcastle Stadium and Atlantic Surf Baseball team
  • Dante Hall performing arts center
  • Florence Valore Miller Art Center
  • Atlantic City Art Center on Garden Pier
  • Fishing excursions
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Gondola rides
  • Sailing Charters
  • Casinos:  Hilton Casino, Showboat Casino Hotel, Tropicana Casino & Resort, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Bally's, Caesars, Harrah's, Resorts International, Sands, Showboat, Trump Marina, Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal
  • Boardwalk Convention Hall and Boardwalk Bullies Hockey team

Major Shopping Areas:

  • The Walk — Michigan Avenue between Atlantic Avenue & Baltic Avenue
  • The Quarter at Tropicana — On Brighton Avenue between Atlantic Avenue & Pacific Avenue
  • Main Street District — On Atlantic Avenue from Michigan to Massachusetts
  • Atlantic Avenue — From Maine Avenue to Jackson Avenue
  • Boardwalk District Shops
  • Historic Gardeners Basin — North end of New Hampshire
  • Casinos — Various shops throughout

Major Dining Areas:

  • Marina District
  • Casinos
  • Boardwalk

Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Absecon Lighthouse
  • Atlantic City Historical Museum
  • New Jersey Korean War Memorial

Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's Restaurant Chain

Notable Moments in History:

  • 1670s — Englishman Thomas Budd is the first recorded owner of Absecon Island, upon which Atlantic City is now built.
  • 1785 — Jeremiah Leeds builds the first permanent structure on the Island, at the location of modern Artic and Arkansas Avenue.
  • 1852 — Construction began on the Camden-Atlantic City Railroad.
  • 1854 — July 5th: The first train arrived from Camden after a grueling 21/2 hour trip, and the invasion of the tourists had begun.
  • 1870 — The first official road from the mainland to the island was completed after 17 years of construction. The first free road was Albany Ave., constructed over the meadows from Pleasantville.
  • 1880 — June 16: Atlantic City was formally opened.
  • 1921 — Atlantic City hosts its first Miss America Pageant.
  • 1976 — New Jersey voters approve casino gambling in Atlantic City.
  • 1978 — On May 26, Resorts International opens the city's first legal casino (also the eastern US's first legal casino).

Interesting Facts

Atlantic City has been a rather frequent subject in popular culture. A 1981 movie, 'Atlantic City', starring Burt Lancaster, is named for the city. A popular Bruce Springsteen song, 'Atlantic City,' depicting a young couple's escape to the city, appears on Springsteen's 1982 album 'Nebraska.'

More recently, several episodes of Donald Trump's television show, 'The Apprentice', have been based and filmed in Atlantic City.

The city is famous for its boardwalk, and is the home of the Miss America pageant, which has been held here since 1921. The streets of Atlantic City are also used in the American version of the board game Monopoly.

The original inhabitants of Absecon Island, on which Atlantic City rests, were the Lenni-Lenape Indians.

The Lenni-Lenapes would travel over the Old Indian Trail from the Mainland to the island to spend the summer months. The trail, which was located approximately where Florida Ave. is today, was five miles long over the marshland.

When the first owner of Absecon Island, Thomas Budd, bought the area's land, his mainland property was then valued at $ 0.40 an acre, while the beach land a mere $ 0.04 an acre. That same piece of beach front property today would be worth millions of dollars per acre.

Population and Demographics:

  • Population (year 2000): 40,517
  • Males: 19,852 (49.0%), Females: 20,665 (51.0%)
  • Races in Atlantic City:
  • Black (44.2%)
  • Hispanic (24.9%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (19.4%)
  • Other race (13.8%)
  • Two or more races (4.5%)
  • Vietnamese (3.1%)
  • Chinese (2.3%)
  • Asian Indian (2.0%)
  • Other Asian (1.7%)
  • American Indian (1.2%)
  • Filipino (1.2%)
  • Ancestries: Italian (4.9%), Irish (4.1%), United States (2.4%), German (2.0%), Sub-Saharan African
  • (1.6%), English (1.5%).
  • Median resident age: 34.7 years
  • Median household income: $26,969 (year 2000)
  • Median house value: $87,500 (year 2000)

Colleges and Universities:

  • Mercer County Community College
  • Boardwalk And Marina Casino Dealers School
  • The Richard Stockton College Of New Jersey (About 12 Miles; Pomona, New Jersey)
  • Atlantic Cape Community College (About 24 Miles; Mays Landing, New Jersey)
  • Burlington County College (About 44 Miles; Pemberton, New Jersey)
  • Ocean County College (About 46 Miles; Toms River, New Jersey)
  • Camden County College (About 52 Miles; Blackwood, New Jersey)
  • Beth Medrash Govoha (About 52 Miles; Lakewood, New Jersey)
  • Rowan University (About 53 Miles; Glassboro, New Jersey)

Atlantic City Economy & Business — Notable Companies

  • Most of Atlantic City's Economy and Business ventures revolve around the hospitality industry: visitor accommodations and resorts, casinos and entertainment, and traveler attractions.
  • Another large sector of the economy is fueled by conventions.

Atlantic City Hispanic Community Resources:

  • Association Politica Latino-Americana (APLA) — Latino Political awareness organization (Telephone 609-348-2300)
  • Hispanic Alliance of Atlantic County, Inc. (HAAC) — Hispanic Information and services for Atlantic County (Telephone: 609-412-7421)
  • Salvation Army Temple Corps — Information and referral to other programs for Atlantic City area
  • Hispanic Community (Telephone: 609-344-1876)
  • Spanish Community Center/Shore Area Health Education Center — social service provider for Spanish-speaking citizens. (Telephone: 856-697-2967; Located in nearby Landisville, NJ)
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