Blackjack is definitely one of the main draws when it comes to Atlantic City. This is the only city in the world where card counting can not result in a player being banned from a casino, or even asked to leave. Of course, in an effort to stem the flow of card counters visiting the city, AC casinos tend to use more decks and higher house edges than most. Still, this means very little to talented counters who can get around these increased house edges with high quality card counting systems.
Atlantic City is not just about blackjack or gambling though. Those are certainly the main draws, but this is a tourist city and in an effort to keep all tourists pleased at all times, there are also plenty of other attractions available. So, gambling aside, just what else can you do in New Jersey’s leading tourist destination?
Laugh it Up
There are a number of comedy clubs in Atlantic City, and there are few better ways to spend a night outside of the casinos than by visiting one of these clubs. Because this city is a hotspot for tourists, it is able to attract some big national comedians, as well as a number of talented locals. You can usually get some info on upcoming comedy nights in advance, but on most nights you will find some acts to enjoy. The highest rated comedy club in Atlantic City is The Quarter at Tropicana, but The Comedy Shop is also well with a visit.
Relax and Unwind
If you’re looking for something a little different, a way to get out of the bright lights and the loud noise of the casinos, then head for one of the half dozen or so spas in the city. These include the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and the Immersion Spa, both of which offer a number of treatments and services for men, women and couples. There are saunas, hot tubs, massage rooms and a great deal more, so if you want to take a break for a day or a few hours, then book one of the many packages on offer.
All cities have a glut of museums for you to visit, and Atlantic City is no different. One of the highlights is the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, where the weird and wonderful is on display in the inimitable Ripley’s style. See, hear. experience and touch the many exhibits on show, all for a minimal entry fee. There are also more traditional museums around, including the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, and not all of these charge admission.
Ride the Waves
In Atlantic City you’re next to the coast, which means as well as some seaside entertainment, you can also head into the water and do some surfing. Book a board with one of the local companies who will give you all you need and then direct you to the best spots for the best waves. There are also options for kitesurfing and windsurfing, and it doesn’t matter how much or little experience you have as there are professionals on standby that are used to dealing with a range of abilities and can give you as much help as you need.
Catch a Show
There are plenty of ways to end your day in Atlantic City, with evening performances in concert halls, theaters and more across the city. These include the AC 3-D Light Show, which is exactly what it sounds like and can offer an interesting alternative to standard shows and performances, and Diva’s Do AC, where you can enjoy some great performances by some of the country’s most talented females. If you’d prefer something a little less in-your-face, head for one of the big movie theaters in town, including the iMax at Tropicana, where you can watch the latest Blockbusters in 3D.
Eat Your Fill
There are many great restaurants and cafes in Atlantic City, with everything from standard American fare, to Italian, British and Caribbean. Some of the most highly recommended restaurants in Atlantic City include Dock’s Oyster House, where seafood is the order of the day, and Chef Vola’s, who specialize in the very best Italian dishes. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat then head for the White House Sub Shop, whereas if you’d prefer something a little more out-there, something that differs from the norm, book yourself into Buddakan, which serves Asian food with a twist. There are also a number of candy shops, ice cream stalls and more throughout Atlantic City.
Shop Until you Drop
As a tourist location, it only makes sense that there will be a lot of shops and malls around, the locals want your money after all. Luckily, as well as your standard gift shops, there are some really top notch retailers, selling everything from locally made goods, to the latest designer clothes and accessories. The Tanger Outlets is a great way to get the best labels for less, whilst the pier is great place to checkout some speciality items. If you want something a little different, drop-in at Psychic Readings by Tina and get your future told.
If gambling is not your thing but you are still attracted by the noise and lights of the slot machines, then head for the Steel Pier Amusement Park instead. There are a number of games here for kids of all ages, with plenty on offer for adults as well. There are also a number of small arcades located around the city, including the Central Arcade, so be sure to pop in if you want some harmless electronic fun, without the risking of losing everything. If this is not enough to keep your kids quiet, then take them to the Altman Playground instead, where a number of climbing frames, swings and other equipment will keep them entertained whilst also tiring them out.