A perfect day in Atlantic City

May 18, 2011|By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun

•Start the day with a stroll along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, taking in the stores, casinos and hotels that loom above the planks. The boardwalk was built in 1870, and the street names have been immortalized as part of the Monopoly board game since 1935. Download walking tours at atlanticcitynj.com.

•Don't miss Garden Pier, home to the Atlantic City Art Center and the Atlantic City Historical Museum, both open to the public with no admission charge.

•Stop by the Pier Shops at Caesars for high-end shopping and dining. Choices include Buddakan, which offers a modern interpretation of Asian food, and the Continental, known for its sophisticated cocktails and food. (One Atlantic Ocean, 609-345-3100, thepiershopsatcaesars.com)

•Climb all 228 steps of New Jersey's tallest lighthouse, Abescon Lighthouse, and earn a "Congratulations, You Made It" badge. (31 S. Rhode Island Ave., 609-449-1360, abseconlighthouse.org)

•Head to Gardner's Basin (New Hampshire Avenue and the bay, 609-348-2880, atlanticcitynj.com/gardners_basin.aspx) to depart for a trip with Atlantic City Cruises (609-347-7600, atlanticcitycruises.com) or a fishing excursion with Capt Mike's Highroller (609-348-3474), highrollerfishing.com). Gardner's Basin is also home to the Atlantic City Aquarium (609-348-2880, oceanlifecenter.com/default.asp).

•Casinos, restaurants and nightclubs offer a wide variety of entertainment. A few of note: Caesars Atlantic City (2100 Pacific Ave., 609-348-4411, caesarsac.com), Trump Marina Casino Hotel, (Huron Avenue & Brigantine Boulevard, 609-441-2000, trumpmarina.com ) and Tropicana Casino and Resort (Brighton Avenue & Boardwalk, 609-340-4000,tropicana.net ).

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