Since May this year, most of the travel restrictions to and from New Jersey have no longer been in effect, and people from around the country are free to enjoy its 4-mile boardwalk and sunny skies once again. Besides its broad beaches, Atlantic City attracts almost 120 million visitors yearly as it offers a variety of sights and activities, even in metropolitan areas. Everyone is sure to find a place that will pique their interest. So, with the holiday season coming up, we’ve put together this list to help you know more about the five best destinations in Atlantic City.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has the Atlantic City Boardwalk as its backdrop, making it a legendary tourist attraction in the area. Venues like the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena and Sound Waves Arena can host up to 7,000 and 20,000 spectators, respectively. 365 Live also features five different stages offering live performances every day of the year with national touring acts including winners from American Idol, The Voice, and many others. Even its casino, with over 2,000 slot machines and 150 table games is infused with the spirit of rock and roll. What better way to win than with classic tunes playing in the background?
It's no surprise that the gambling city has more than one casino on its list. And if you're looking for a more competitive space, this stylish casino-hotel located in the Marina District will offer an unparalleled experience. It features over 4,100 slot machines and 200 game tables. Moreover, the venue is once again welcoming new and returning players as they reopen their poker rooms. Tournaments are still quite limited in current circumstances. But even so, players are brushing up on their poker terms and strategies. If you're visiting in hopes of joining a tourney, reviewing your ABC poker and check-raise strategies will be helpful because you'll be met with stiff competition.
The Sugar Factory
The Sugar Factory is perfect for families wanting to celebrate any occasion. It’s accessible from the boardwalk and has made its rounds on social media as “The Most Instagrammed Restaurant in the United States”. Its iconic floor-to-ceiling candy wall isn’t something you’d want to miss out on. They also offer specialty beverages, homemade donuts and pastries, and savory items, like savory crepes, salads, and monster burgers. Adults with a sweet tooth will love their signature 64 oz. alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets, made famous by celebs like Kylie Jenner and Drake.
Steel Pier Amusement Park
This famous amusement park sits on one of Atlantic City’s most iconic piers, which is where it got its name. The venue offers a combination of traditional carnival rides and activities. Some of the rides include a double-decker carousel, a Ferris wheel that provides a great view of the boardwalk, and the notorious The Rocket. The latter was voted the most extreme ride in New Jersey for six consecutive years, launching passengers through the sky at a speed of 100mph. This amusement park has been a classic destination for tourists for over 100 years.
Atlantic City Ballet
If you’re one for culture and arts, then the Atlantic City Ballet might just be for you. The company has cast some of the most talented dancers from all over the world. And their shows are choreographed by acclaimed artistic director Phyllis Papa, who makes sure each show is an unforgettable experience. You could align your trip in time to see the classic “Swan Lake”, or grab tickets to see the “Nutcracker” in time for the holidays.
If you’re visiting Atlantic City soon, be sure to look into these fantastic destinations. To explore New Jersey more, check out our list of favorite places in the area.
**Post contributed by Ella Park who is a travel writer and music lover in San Francisco, California.**