40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Climb to the top of Absecon Lighthouse.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Meet Mr. Peanut at the Atlantic City Historical Museum.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: See the first two installations in the ARTLANTIC public art project.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Go bargain hunting at Tanger Outlets–The Walk.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Take a tour of the 1920s James’ Candy factory.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Learn how to surf.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Slurp local bivalves at Dock's Oyster House.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Swim high above sea level at the Water Club.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Meet Lucy the Elephant.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Have a few laughs with Seth Meyers at Borgata.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Order an enormous sandwich at White House Sub Shop.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Watch Miss America, Mallory Hagan, pass on the crown.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Get your thrills at Steel Pier.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Watch sky-high stunts at the Atlantic City Airshow.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Cheer on triathletes on the Boardwalk.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: See Miss’d America, Sabel Scities.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Catch the dazzling Fourth of July fireworks display.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Ride in a rolling chair on the Boardwalk.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Taste top chefs' creations at the A.C. Food & Wine Festival.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Get down at Boogie Nights.
40 things to do in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer: Have a beach day.
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1. Get a seagull’s-eye view of the skyline
Climb the 228 steps to the top of New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse (the third tallest in the U.S.) for a 360-degree view of the Atlantic City skyline. Below the restored 1857 Absecon Lighthouse, a reproduction of the 1925 keeper’s house contains antique photographs and memorabilia. 31 S Rhode Island Ave between Atlantic and Pacific Aves (609-449-1360, abseconlighthouse .org). Mon, Thu–Sun 11am–4pm; $7, seniors $5, children $4.
2. Meet Mr. Peanut at the Atlantic City Historical Museum
Located on the 1913 Garden Pier, this repository of A.C. history emerged from Sandy largely unscathed and is expected to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend. Get insight into local lore including the real-life Nucky (corrupt political boss Enoch Johnson), the Miss America Pageant, Monopoly, which was designed by an out-of-work salesman with fond vacation memories, and Mr. Peanut—a top-hatted presence outside the now-defunct Planters store on the Boardwalk for roughly four decades. A 35-minute film charts the rise, fall and resurrection of Atlantic City, from wholesome seaside retreat through its 20th-century entertainment heyday, subsequent decline and revitalization thanks to the legalization of gaming and casino development. Garden Pier, Boardwalk at S New Jersey Ave (609-347-5839, atlanticcity experience.org). Daily 10am–5pm. Free.
3. Get a room with a view
Reserve your private stretch of coastline, as seen from your hotel window—many Atlantic City Hotels offer ocean-view accommodations. Pour yourself a drink, pull up a seat and gaze at the Atlantic.
4. Be dazzled by Boardwalk Beat
Hit the Boardwalk after dark to catch Moment Factory’s mesmerizing new eight-and-a-half-minute 3-D sound-and-light spectacle, which animates the Romanesque-style facade of the 1929 Boardwalk Hall every half hour. Boardwalk Beat, which debuts Memorial Day weekend, transforms the National Historic Landmark into a “jukebox time machine” with an original soundtrack that celebrates music through the decades. 2301 Boardwalk between S Florida and S Mississippi Aves (doatlanticcity.com). Daily 9:30–11pm. Free.
5. Sip a Rum Runner in a Prohibition smuggling spot
A bootlegger’s drop-off point in the 1920s, Gardner’s Basin (800 N New Hampshire Ave) is now a far less shady spot. It’s the home of the Atlantic City Aquarium (609-348-2880, acaquarium.com; daily 10am–5pm; $8, seniors $6, children $5), and the departure point for boat tours. The former fishing shacks have been converted into craft galleries and shops including Inlet Surf, the base for the Atlantic City Surf School. Stop by the Back Bay Ale House (609-449-0006, backbayalehouse.com) on the dock and order the appropriately named Rum Runner—light rum, banana liqueur, blackberrry brandy and fruit juice served in a 32-ounce mason jar ($12.50). Or start your day with the much-praised blueberry pancakes ($5.95) at breakfast institution Gilchrist Restaurant (609-345-8278; daily 6am–2pm), which reopened here a couple of years ago after a brief closure. Claim a table on the expansive outdoor deck and try to spot the houses that were likely offloading points. (Hint: Some have handy docks beneath them.)
6. See art by the sea
From an early-20th-century exhibit of baby incubators to the world’s largest Underwood typewriter on Garden Pier, the Boardwalk may have hosted some unusual displays over the years, but it hasn’t exactly been a platform for visual art. Now, however, a major public-art project, ARTLANTIC, is transforming spaces left by stalled developments into vibrant installations. Over the next five years, curator Lance Fung and a team of local and international artists and landscape designers will transform empty lots into green, art-filled spaces. The first two installations opened in April. A seven-acre site bordered by South Indiana and Pacific Avenues, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the Boardwalk features an infinity shape formed by grassy banks—a nod to Steel Pier’s roller coasters—that contain and are surrounded by pieces by Robert Barry, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Kiki Smith and others. A second, smaller graphic work designed by John Roloff, incorporating trees and seating, is on the Boardwalk at California Avenue.
7. Pay court to Queen B at Boardwalk Hall
Beyoncé must have a soft spot for Atlantic City—the singer chose it as the location for her postpartum return to the stage last May, at Revel’s Ovation Hall. This summer, she stops at Boardwalk Hall on July 26, on the American leg of her Mrs. Carter World Tour—one of only a handful of Northeast gigs—before the big Brooklyn finale in August. boardwalkhall.com
8. Score bargains on big-name brands…
Sure, we have Century 21 and Loehmann’s here in NYC, but since there’s no sales tax on clothing and most shoes in New Jersey, you can save that extra 8.875 percent on the bulk of your fashion purchases at Tanger Outlets–The Walk (800-405-9555, tangeroutlet.com/atlanticcity). The collection of 100 outlet stores, spread over nine city blocks just north of the Boardwalk and bordered by Atlantic, Baltic, Ohio and Mississipi Avenues, offers discounts of up to 70 percent. Stop into Coach’s separate stores for men and women for deals on bags, wallets and shoes, then snag basics and trendier gear at Gap, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, DKNY, H&M and J.Crew. The complex also offers a parade of sneakers by Adidas, Nike, Puma, Reebok and Converse.
9. …or spend your winnings on a designer splurge
With the fabulous address 1 Atlantic Ocean, The Pier Shops at Caesars (609-345-3100, thepiershopsatcaesars.com), a three-level mall opposite the casino, lives up to its location on the former Young’s Million Dollar Pier. Upscale boutiques include Scoop, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co., or you may prefer to treat yourself to a gleaming new gadget at Apple. There’s also scope to do some damage in the casinos—Tropicana, Borgata and Golden Nugget all have on-site retail areas. Last summer, Revel’s shopping gallery, The Row, opened a 10,000-square-foot “shops within a shop” concept store, Emporium, which mixes well-known clothing and accessory brands like Rebecca Minkoff and Vince Camuto with cult denim (Rag & Bone, J Brand and others) and less familiar European labels.
10. Taste a classic Boardwalk confection
Saltwater taffy is an Atlantic City original, invented by accident in the early 1880s by a Boardwalk candy vendor whose taffy stock got soaked by the surf. You can see how the confection is made today by touring the 1920s factory of James’ Candy, which acquired its century-long competitor Fralinger’s in 1990 (each is made to its own original recipe). The 35-minute tours stop at the tin-ceilinged Receiving Room, where fresh ingredients are delivered daily; the Candy Kitchen, where the taffy and other sweets are heated in copper kettles; and the Taffy Room, where the sticky stuff is cooled and pulled. Best of all, the $5 admission includes samples. 1519 Boardwalk at S New York Ave (609-344-1519, jamescandy.com). See website for tour times.
11. Ride the waves
California may lay claim to more surfing associations, but Atlantic City’s ties to the sport are strong: When Hawaiian Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku traveled to Pittsburgh in 1912 for the U.S. swim trials, he swung by A.C.’s Steel Pier and kicked off the craze on these shores, says Tom Forkin, former East Coast surfing champion and director of the Atlantic City Surf School (acsurfschool.com). According to Forkin, the fact that A.C. is an island, with wind-blocking rock jetties and piers, makes it a prime spot to catch south swells. Classes (from $60 per person) are held at two spots on the beach, at New Jersey Avenue and Raleigh Avenue. Use of boards and wetsuits is included in the rates, but you can pick up locally designed gear to go along with your new hobby at Forkin’s shop, Inlet Surf in Gardner’s Basin (609-347-7873), including shorts and T-shirts by Jetty and boards by shaper Dan Callahan.
12. Slurp local oysters
Founded in 1897 by Harry “Dock” Dougherty, Dock’s Oyster House is still family-owned and -operated. As the name makes clear, this is the place for oysters, with 10 to 12 varietals featured daily on the chalkboard—look out for local catches like Cape May Salts ($2 each). Other highlights include the restaurant’s trio of chowders (Maine clam, crab and corn, or Manhattan; $8 each), jumbo lump crab au gratin ($28) and gargantuan lobsters that weigh up to six pounds. 2405 Atlantic Ave between N Florida and N Georgia Aves (609-345-0092, docksoysterhouse.com)
13. Stretch yourself with an outdoor yoga class
Whether you want a gentle stretch to start the day or a more vigorous practice to energize you before a night out, head to Bask at Revel. The sprawling health and relaxation complex is powered by Exhale Mind Body Spa, which has 19 locations across the country (plus one in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean) and is known for its program of yoga and ab-sculpting Core Fusion classes ($20; see exhalespa.com/locations/atlantic-city for schedule). Boost your well-being further in the coed bathhouse, equipped with hydrotherapy pools and a healing salt room.
14. Swim laps high above sea level
Borgata’s chic nongaming hotel annex is aptly named: The Water Club has five pools, including a lush indoor tropical oasis (exclusively for hotel guests) at ground level. Ascend to the 32nd floor for the spa’s 80-foot lap pool, which commands panoramic shoreline views from floor-to-ceiling windows. The exotic treatments take inspiration from around the globe, from ayurvedic experiences to Thai bodywork.
15. Meet Lucy the Elephant
You’ve heard of the elephant in the room, but what about the room in the elephant? Enter the six-story, metal-plated pachyderm through her left hind leg and ascend the spiral staircase to several interior spaces and up to the howdah perched on her back. One of three zoomorphic structures built by James V. Lafferty in the early 1880s (the 122-foot-tall Elephantine Colossus once towered over Coney Island), Lucy has survived hurricanes, served as a tavern and welcomed such illustrious visitors as Woodrow Wilson and the Astors. Josephine Harron Park, 9200 Atlantic Ave, Margate, NJ (609-823-6473, lucytheelephant.org). Through mid-June, Sept, Oct Mon–Fri 11am–4pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm. Mid-June–Labor Day Mon–Sat 10am–8pm; Sun 10am–5pm. Tours every half hour. $8, children $4.
16. Join a pool party
Last summer, Revel debuted its glass-walled pleasure dome, HQ Nightclub, offering dancers a sweeping view of the ocean. This season, the megaresort follows up with HQ Beach Club, a “day-into-night” pool lounge with two bars, an elevated dance floor and super-sleek bungalows furnished with cushy white daybeds and HD TVs, cooled by overhead fans. When the sun goes down, the scene heats up at The Pool After Dark, the aquatic party playground at Harrah’s Resort (Wed, Fri, Sat 10pm–4am). The Pool won a slew of superlatives in Atlantic City Weekly’s nightlife awards last year, including Best Club to Fist Pump—which could have something to do with the resident DJ, Jersey Shore alum Pauly D. Up the VIP ante by reserving a poolside table, cabana or private hot tub, with premium bottle service provided by bikini-clad waitresses. If it gets chilly in the evening, Golden Nugget’s H2O Pool and Bar has firepit-side seating and four Jacuzzis, plus three blackjack tables.
17. LOL at Borgata
Each season sees a slew of top-drawer acts, but this summer the laughs won’t stop at the hotel-cum-entertainment-complex. Funny people include 30 Rock alum Tracy Morgan (June 22) SNL head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers (July 13), NYC club-circuit regular Jim Gaffigan (Aug 24), and stand-up icon Jerry Seinfeld (July 20). theborgata .com/entertain
18. Spa like an emperor at Caesars
After a night of bacchanalian excess, recover at Qua, a contemporary spin on classic Roman baths at Caesars. Separate stone-walled sanctuaries for men and women are equipped with hot and cold plunge pools, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms; lounge in the light-suffused space before your chosen treatment—the extensive list offers everything from Swedish massage ($140) to the decadent Dieci Mani (Ten Hands), during which you’re tended by four massage therapists and an aesthetician. The three-hour, multistage experience ($5,000) includes a supine body scrub under the jets of a Vichy shower, hot-stone massage, mud wrap and chakra balancing treatment.
19. Dine at top chefs’ destinations
Whether you crave tacos or broiled lobster, A.C.’s casino-hotels round up an incredible variety of restaurants, from casual pit stops to white-tablecloth joints. Tropicana packs in more than 20 on-site eateries, Caesars 15 and Revel 14, while Borgata is hot on their heels with a dozen. Take your pick from several spots helmed by some of the country’s top chefs, including Alain Allegretti’s Côte d’Azur–inspired Azure by Allegretti at Revel, the closest Wolfgang Puck restaurant to NYC at the Borgata and rising regional star Luke Palladino’s eponymous eatery at Harrah’s.
20. Discover Nucky’s old haunts
Though the resort town has had many ups and downs since the 1920s, several Prohibition-era landmarks have survived. Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, the inspiration for Boardwalk Empire’s Nucky Thompson, occupied the entire ninth floor of what was then the swanky Ritz-Carlton Hotel (2700 Boardwalk at S Iowa Ave); it’s now a condo building. Order a classic meal such as lobster Thermidor at the 100-year-old Knife and Fork Inn (3600 Atlantic Ave between Albany and Pacific Aves; 609-344-1133, knifeandforkinn .com), once a private club that served illegal liquor to local power brokers. The memento-stuffed Irish Pub (164 St. James Place at Boardwalk, 609-344-9063, theirishpub.com), which opened in 1900, also did time as a speakeasy. These days, you can openly order a Guinness 24/7.
21. Eat an enormous sandwich
For an old-school sammie, line up at the 67-year-old White House Sub Shop (2301 Arctic Ave at N Mississippi Ave; 609-345-1564, whitehousesubshop.net). At just under two feet long, the White House Special ($14.80) is laden with Italian cold cuts—Genoa salami, capocollo and cotechino—and provolone. Mike “the Butcher” Hauke offers a seasonally rotating menu of creative subs and pizzas at Tony Baloney’s (300 Oriental Ave at S Vermont Ave; 609-344-8669, tonyboloneys.com). His award-winning 20-inch Cheesesteak Olé ($16), stuffed with sirloin marinated in ten Guadalajaran spices, is always on the menu. Which is the most-super hero? Try both and decide for yourself.
22. Welcome back Miss America
There she is…and she’s back in A.C. after an eight-year absence. In 1921, “beauty maids” representing eight Northeast cities competed in the first Miss America Pageant. The bathing suit–clad contestants were judged on their looks alone; a talent spot wasn’t added to the competition until 1935. These days the emphasis is on achievement as well as bikini hotness. For almost two weeks before the competition on Sept 15, A.C. will see a surge in immaculate blowouts and perfect teeth when 53 contestants are in town for preliminary competitions. On the day before the big night, they appear in themed finery (including decorated footwear) in the “Show Us Your Shoes Parade” on the Boardwalk. Former Miss Americas down the decades, from 1948’s BeBe Shopp to the current title holder, Mallory Hagan of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, also participate. For info and tickets, visit missamerica.org.
23. Sample local wines
The countryside around Atlantic City has a rich legacy of wine making. Founded in the 1860s by a Rheims master vintner fleeing grape plague phylloxera, Renault Winery (72 North Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor City, NJ; 609-965-2111, renaultwinery.com) is one of the oldest wineries in the U.S. The list of more than 30 wines includes classics like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as more unusual specialties like the semisweet Blueberry Champagne ($16.99). On a 40-minute tour, which includes a tasting and souvenir glass, you can compare antique equipment (such as a manually operated corking machine) with contemporary facilities—time it right and you may even see grape-crushing or bottling in action. Yugoslavian wine maker Savo Balic purchased Chateau Balic (6623 Harding Hwy, Mays Landing, NJ; 609-625-2166, balicwinery.com) in the 1960s; it’s now run by his nephew Bojan Boskovic, who offers free tours of the vineyards and facility. Afterward, you’re welcome to taste as many of the winery’s 30-plus wines as you like, from the robust red Alexander the Great ($15.95) to the semisweet—and allegedly antioxidant—Pomegranate wine ($13.95), while snacking on free chocolate fondue.
24. Go dolphin-spotting
Jeff George, who has been running dolphin-watching cruises in Atlantic City for 16 years, has about a 95 percent success rate—and in the unlikely event you don’t see a flippered friend during the two-hour voyage, he’ll let you come back another time for free. George, a former education director for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center across Absecon Inlet in Brigantine, gets text tip-offs from local lifeguards and goes where dolphins are likely to congregate—around Margate and Ventnor until around mid-June; Brigantine Beach later in the summer. Cruises on the double-deck Cruisin 1 depart from Gardner’s Basin. atlanticcitycruises.com. Through May 29, Oct 2–19 Wed, Sat, Sun 1pm; June 1–Sept 29 daily 1pm. $34, seniors and students $29, children $18.
25. Get your thrills at Steel Pier
A.C.’s classic amusement pier looms large in the resort town’s mythology. Not only was it the site of the controversial diving horse stunt (which saw the equines plunge into a pool from a height of 40 feet), some of the biggest stars of the 20th century performed there, from the Three Stooges to Frank Sinatra. Eight new rides are arriving this season, including adult bumper cars and the Turbo Twist, which rises to 48 feet and spins at 20rpm. Steel Pier is open weekends only until June 14, then daily through summer; see website for hours. steelpier.com. Tickets start at $1.
26. Marvel at massive sand sculptures
Not merely sand castles, the ephemeral masterpieces on the beach at Missouri Avenue during the World Championship of Sand Sculpting (June 13–30) sometimes resemble complete cities. Competitors from 17 countries tackle such subjects as city skylines, nudes and allegorical studies. Artists use large molds, similar to concrete forms, to compact wet sand; the blocks are stacked and carved using masonry tools and kitchen utensils to create detailed pieces that reach heights of more than 12 feet. worldchampionshipofsandsculpting.com
27. See an Englishman in NJ
If you missed Sting’s 25th-anniversary gigs in NYC, here’s another chance to catch him on his Back to Bass tour at Borgata (June 14, 15). The veteran rocker will be reviving his back catalog in stripped-down form, accompanied by a five-piece band. theborgata.com/entertain
28. Keep your eyes on the skies
The Atlantic City Airshow has been a summer highlight for more than a decade, and the organizers of this aeronautic spectacle aren’t letting sequestration keep it down. While this year’s show won’t include military flights, there will be no shortage of sky-high stunts and exhilarating maneuvers on June 26. doatlanticcity.com
29. Catch a glimpse of the world’s fastest boats
If high-speed spectacles float your boat, watch an anticipated 40 craft compete at up to 170mph alongside Atlantic City Beach, from Revel to the Atlantic Club, in the Atlantic City Offshore Grand Prix on June 23. Try to nab a spot on Steel Pier or the end of the Pier Shops at Caesars for the best view. But don’t worry if the boats are a blur—for two days before the race, you can admire arriving craft in the “Race Village” outside the Golden Nugget. atlanticcityoffshoregrandprix.com
30. Cheer on triathletes
Around 2,000 fleet-footed athletes storm the Boardwalk during the Atlantic City International Triathlon on Sept 15 after swimming A.C.’s intercoastal waterway alongside Bader Field and biking on the expressway. If watching all that exertion makes you hungry, the event coincides with the Atlantic City Seafood Festival ($10), also in Bader Field. actriathlon.com
31. Ogle gorgeous drag queens
Miss’d America gives “beauty queen” new meaning. This year, the fund-raising drag tribute to the Miss America Pageant will be held at House of Blues on Sept 21, the week after the real competition returns to A.C. Contestants range from gifted amateurs to professionals like D.C.’s Shi-Queeta-Lee. Though not every state is represented, the show has all the elements of the original: Contestants vie for the top in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview segments, and there are showstopping production numbers. Former Weather Girl Martha Wash performed in last year’s event. The organizers are hoping that Carson Kressley will host for a third time when current Miss’d America, New York’s Sabel Scities (Timothy Byars) passes on the crown. houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/atlanticcity
32. Sup on surf and turf at the marina
The A.C. chapter of the 30-strong upscale steak and seafood chain Chart House at Golden Nugget has a prime position overlooking the marina. Through the room-spanning wall of glass, you can gaze at the boats and the A.C. skyline beyond—the lights are magical at night. The menu includes creative fish dishes such as macadamia-crusted mahi ($33) and twists on classics like a new wave surf and turf (short ribs paired with seared scallops or mahi; $37). Or drop by during happy hour (Mon–Fri, Sun 4–7pm) and soak up the million-dollar view with $6 cocktails, $3–$4 bottled beers and $5–$7 appetizers.
33. Golf in the birthplace of the birdie
Greater Atlantic City has 16 championship golf courses, including the Atlantic City Country Club (1 Leo Fraser Dr, Northfield, NJ; 609-236-4411, accountryclub.com), which was named the No. 1 public course in the state by Golf Magazine. Established in 1897, it has the distinction of being the spot where the term “birdie” was coined a couple of years later, when a player referred to his one-under-par shot as a “bird”—the 19th-century equivalent of “awesome.” If you fancy getting closer to golf’s Scottish roots, most of the holes at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links (3016 Ocean Heights Ave, Egg Harbor Township, NJ; 609-923-3900, mcculloughsgolf.com) are modeled after celebrated originals in the British Isles, such as diminutive green the Postage Stamp at Royal Troon and the famously tricky 14th hole at St. Andrews. The Seaview Golf Resort (401 New York Rd, Galloway, NJ; 609-748-7680, seaviewgolf.com) hosts the prestigious ShopRite LPGA Classic (May 27–June 2). For more information on local courses and to book golf packages, go to playacgolf.com.
34. Celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang
For one night of the year A.C.’s illuminated skyline gets some competition in the razzle-dazzle department. For details on the best places to view the pyrotechnics, see doatlanticcity.com—but the Boardwalk is bound to be a prime spot.
35. Roll along the Boardwalk
Rolling chairs—a sort of pedestrian version of a pedicab—have been a fixture on the Boardwalk since the 1880s; based on wheelchairs, they originally ferried around infirm visitors taking the sea air but they quickly caught on—by 1923, A.C. had more than 2,000 licensed chairs. They certainly come in handy if you need to get from one end of the four-mile strip to the other while you’re casino-hopping—especially if you’re wearing heels. The fare is $1 per block. If you prefer to power your own set of wheels, cycling is allowed from 6:30am to 10am, and you can rent bikes from B&K Bicycle Rentals (Boardwalk at S North Carolina Ave, 609-344-8008). Rates start at $8 for the first hour, plus $1 for each additional 15 minutes.
36. Knock one back in Margaritaville
An outpost of Jimmy Buffet’s tropical-island-themed franchise is poised to open this month on the beach across the Boardwalk from Resorts. Waste away with the titular cocktail in the tiki bar, or gaze at the surf over fish tacos and beer in the LandShark Bar & Grill, which features retractable walls.
37. Eat, drink and mingle at the A.C. Food & Wine Festival
Rub shoulders with Food Network chefs, watch culinary demos and taste to your heart’s content at this seaside gastronomic celebration. The four-day event (July 25–28) takes place at Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Showboat and Bally’s. Sample a cornucopia of food and drink at the Grand Market, get your fill of ribs, brisket and craft beer at the Blues, Brews & BBQ, and enjoy cocktails and appetizers on the sand with Robert Irvine, the Neelys and Rocco DiSpirito at the Beach Soiree, among other events. acfoodandwine.com
38. Shake your moneymaker at Boogie Nights
Party like it’s 1979, or thereabouts, at Tropicana’s tribute to the clubs of the disco era. Channel Tony Manero on the illuminated dance floor under the massive mirrorball and catch performances by a rotating cast of pop-elgangers, from Madonna to Michael Jackson. If you’re a more private dancer, reserve one of the groovy themed lounges such as the Love Shack, complete with its own pole. boogienightsac.com
39. Set sail on the A.J. Meerwald
New Jersey’s official tall ship will be docked in Gardner’s Basin from Aug 1 to Aug 12, when it moves on to its next port of call, Cape May. The 1928 oyster schooner offers afternoon and evening sails most days. Bring a bottle and picnic onboard for the two-and-a-half-hour ocean voyage. Though you can buy tickets at the boat half an hour before the sail, it’s wise to book ahead at ajmeerwald.org.
40. Have a beach day
In between all these activities and events, don’t forget to enjoy the resort town’s best asset: the Atlantic Ocean. Take time to stroll along the Boardwalk, inhaling the salty air, or claim a patch of sand—beach access is free in A.C.