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Summer at the Shore: Atlantic City

Long known for its casinos, and as the inspiration for the classic Monopoly game, it may come as a surprise that there is a lot more than gambling going on in Atlantic City this summer. From fabulous restaurants, hotels, shops, and sights by the sea, there is plenty to see and do on and near the city’s famous four-mile boardwalk.

Here are a few of our picks for how to spend the day in Atlantic City this summer:

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The Best Events

The 2014 Atlantic City Air Show over the beaches of Atlantic City

Best for Everyone: Atlantic City Air Show

When: August 17, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: 2300 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
Description: Look to the sky for high-flying thrills as the popular Atlantic City Air Show returns this summer, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U. S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team as they take flight over the beach and boardwalk. As a bonus, fans can catch the airshow practicing over the beach on Tuesday, August 16 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. There is also a parade to kick off the event on Monday, August 15 at 6:30 pm, starting at New Jersey Avenue then heading south towards Hartford Avenue.
More information: Visit the website.

The Best Restaurants

Best for Lunch: The White House Sub Shop

Atlantic CityAddress: 2301 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City
Description: For the best sandwich at the shore, you must stop by this iconic, family-owned sub shop. Pictures of famous fans cover the walls of the popular 70-year-old eatery where Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, and Joe DiMaggio once headed for mouth-watering hoagies. Don’t let the long lines fool you; the wait is quick and well worth it for the popular “Regular Italian” or insanely delicious meatball submarine. They even claim to have a cheesesteak far better than anything you could ever get in Philly. Now that’s something to chew on!
More info: Visit the website.

Best for Dinner: Dock’s Oyster House

Address: 2405 Atlantic Ave, Atlantic City
Description: Seafood lovers won’t mind shelling out a little extra to dine at this elegant eatery. Established in 1897, the restaurant recently reopened on June 1 after an expansion and complete renovation of the dining room and kitchen. What remains the same are the incredible menu items, including the Pecan Crusted Salmon, Soft-shell crabs, fresh lobster and, of course, a wide variety of oysters. Be sure to start with the Clams Casino, odds are you won’t be disappointed!
More information: Visit the website.

The Best Tourist Attraction

Absecon Lighthouse

Atlantic CityAddress: 31 S Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City
Description: You won’t want to miss a trip to New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse. At 171 feet, it is also the third tallest in the country. The historic Absecon Lighthouse offers visitors spectacular views of the city skyline and the Atlantic Ocean. There is also an amazing replica of the head keeper’s dwelling, a free museum, and a gift shop. It’s a good 228 steps to reach the top, and short walking distance from the Atlantic City History Museum.
More information: Visit the website.

The Best Place to Stay

Atlantic City

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Address: 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City
Description: There are big changes happening this summer at The Borgata (thanks to a $50 million dollar renovation) that add up to a lot of fun in the sun and partying after dark. In July, the luxury resort plans to open a fabulous outdoor pool complete with 400 chaise lounges, daybeds and cabanas, a full-service canopied bar, an entertainment stage, lawn games, and activities all situated around a 3,200 square-foot Roman-style pool. For those who love the nightlife, Premier Nightclub, a newly opened 18,000 square foot venue, invites guests to party into the wee hours of the morning.
More information: Visit the website.

Hero (Top) Feature Image: © Atlantic City Air Show
Additional Images (in Order) Courtesy:
Nik Wallenda
White House Sub Shop
Absecon Lighthouse
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa


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