Winning Winter Getaways in Atlantic City
Seeking oceanside chill and red-hot thrills? You're in luck! As the East Coast's entertainment and gaming capital, Atlantic City dazzles on even the frostiest of days.
Experience this popular destination's spectacular views—but from the enticing warmth and comfort of indoor settings, city-wide. Whether for an evening, the weekend or an extended stay, start planning your AC retreat ASAP.
Headliners and Hotspots
Take advantage of live shows and events, in venues ranging from intimate to arena-sized. Borgata's Event Center features everything from big-name concerts to headlining comedians, while Boardwalk Hall is the spot to catch sporting events (from basketball to indoor auto racing) as well as food festivals, trade shows and megastar concerts.
When the streetlights switch on, kick off a night bursting with possibilities. Hit the floor of pulsating and glitzy clubs and bars.
Toast mojitos at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, and enjoy Latin cuisine, DJs spinning Latin dance music, a light show and more. Groove to 70s and 80s tunes at retro Boogie Nights. Or travel way back to the town's Prohibition era, inside the infamous former speakeasy, the Irish Pub and Inn. Catch comedy club lineups filled with both famous and up-and-coming comics.
Double Down on Gaming Action
In this legendary, grownup playground, it's no wonder that casinos remain among Atlantic City's biggest draws.
Feeling like a high roller? Head into Bally's, Borgata, Caesars, Golden Nugget, Harrah's, Resorts or Tropicana. Try your hand at poker, take roulette for a spin, or crack the penny slots. However you have gaming fun, you'll find it!
Escape to Soothing Spas and Pools
Even when the temperature dives, you can still dip into AC's appealing, aquatic environment. Indulge in lavish treatments, like ancient Romanesque "rituals" at Caesars' Qua Baths and Spa and "24-Karat" luxury at the Spa and Salon at Golden Nugget.
Splurge on a Shopping Spree
Shopping in Atlantic City offers an array of high-end designers, bargain-friendly outlets, specialty boutiques, nostalgic mom-and-pops and souvenir stops.
Browse Tanger Outlets The Walk for more than 50 brand-name favorites. At The Quarter at Tropicana, cruise through on-trend fashion, coveted jewelry and cosmetics, desirable art and décor, inventive electronics, delectable treats and just about everything in between. Drop in to the Princeton Antiques & Bookshop on Atlantic Avenue, which has more than 250,000 titles in stock.
Pack Your Foodie Appetite
Hungry? Atlantic City restaurants satisfy every craving. Savor award-winning, innovative, ethnic and fine fare. Go classic at neighborhood seafood, steak and Italian joints, cozy diners and belly-busting buffets.
Pull up a seat at the tables of celebrity chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, Guy Fieri, Michael Symon, Jose Garces and Michael Schulson. Or head to one (or all!) of the four AC stops on the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail: Dock’s Oyster House, Knife & Fork Inn, Tony’s Baltimore Grill and James Original Salt Water Taffy.
Fresh Air Fun
Of course, a trip to Atlantic City wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the iconic boardwalk, the country’s first and longest. Simply stroll the boards, or if you’re seeking thrills, hop on the rides at Steel Pier. You can also practice your mini-golf game at Atlantic City Miniature Golf (open seasonally). If you’d rather hit the full-sized greens, head to Atlantic City Country Club, the “Birthplace of the Birdie.”
Fascinating History, Arts and Culture
Explore Atlantic City attractions, which span a variety of interests and eras. Right beside the ocean, Absecon Lighthouse—New Jersey's tallest at 171 feet—was first lit more than 160 years ago, in January 1857. Climb the 228 steps up to its watchroom.
Discover the AC stops on our Southern New Jersey Black Heritage Itinerary, including the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, in the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University. Browse the local artists' studio/shop spaces and galleries, too!
For family-friendly fun, check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, Escape AC or Central Pier Arcade & Speedway.
At beloved, beautiful Historic Smithville and the Village Greene, stroll cobblestone paths, enjoy 50 distinctive “shoppes” and ten eateries (one dates back to 1787!), and settle in to its quaint, on-site lodging. It’s a delightful way for people of all ages to spend a day—and night!
Ready to Make Your Break?
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