Remarkable resorts, dynamic nightlife and casinos, headlining shows, award-winning dining, acclaimed spas and awe-inspiring accommodations make Atlantic City one of New Jersey’s top winter weekend getaways. Read on for suggestions on what to do while there courtesy of VisitNJ.org.
Where to Stay
Want a historical yet luxurious stay? Look no further than The Chelsea Inn, an eclectic Victorian boutique hotel – and the famed Atlantic City boardwalk is just a block away. Enjoy signature cocktails, billiards and pub fare alongside locals, tourists and the occasional celebrity too. Originally opened in 1880, this unique destination has a grandeur all its own. . .and a fabulous breakfast too.
Wake up to a sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean or stunning views of the city at the fabulous Ocean Casino Resort. This award-winning destination spanning 20 oceanfront acres is sophisticated, modern and truly unforgettable. Your stay includes stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, a packed live entertainment calendar, world-class dining and a high-energy casino floor.
Dive into the heart of it all at The Water Club Hotel at Borgata. A favorite among couples, this 43-story, $400 million hotel with a cosmopolitan appeal offers direct access to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Relax on a chaise lounge at the heated indoor pool or Infinity-edge dipping pool accented by palm trees. Shop retailers including Hugo Boss, Capri and Fixation too.
Where to Eat
With an impressive bar, vintage style lounge and casual dining rooms, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill (Caesars), owned by the famous Michelin Star Chef and TV personality, is a must-dine this winter. Menu standouts include authentic British pub favorites like Scotch Egg, Shepherd’s Pie, Ale-Battered Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash and the famous Hell’s Kitchen Beef Wellington.
Dine at Guy Fieri’s Chophouse (Bally’s), and you’ll treasure the experience long after the last bite. This traditional steakhouse overlooks AC’s famed boardwalk and beach and serves up a menu of Guy’s popular signature dishes with an NJ flair. Try the Java Rubbed Ribeye Chop or Spicy Bloody Mary Jumbo Shrimp cocktail.
Get a taste of the freshest seafood in town (as well as great steaks and an award-winning wine list) at Dock’s Oyster House. Owned and operated by the Dougherty family since 1897, Dock’s is the place to savor a full raw bar with as many as ten different oysters per night, along with clams, mussels, shrimp, crabmeat, lobster, tuna sashimi and ceviche.
Established in 1912 and meticulously renovated and restored in 2005, the legendary Knife & Fork Inn is the place to be in AC. Discover an exquisite menu of steaks and seafood, an extensive wine list and arguably the best bar in the city. What you’ll love: the Prohibition-era ambiance, five distinct dining areas and go-to event space for any type of event.
What to Do
Play your cards right and follow the bright lights to some of the highest-rated casinos in the United States. Whatever type of gaming you’re looking for, you can bet you’ll find it here. The hardest part is deciding which casino to explore first. Take your pick from Bally’s, Borgata, Caesars, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s Resorts, Tropicana, Hard Rock and Ocean. Beyond gaming, you’ll find thrilling nightlife, live entertainment from today’s headliners, musicians, comedians and, of course, award-winning dining.
AC is not only casinos; it’s also one of the East Coast’s finest shopping destinations. And if it’s designer savings you seek, it doesn’t get much better than Tanger Outlets, The Walk. Browse over 100 brand-name favorites, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Columbia Factory Store.
Take a journey back in time (and see some of the most breathtaking views of Atlantic City) as you ascend the 228 steps of the Absecon Lighthouse. Standing at 171 feet, the lighthouse is the tallest in New Jersey and the third tallest in the country. While there, view the stunning replica of the Lightkeeper’s dwelling, educational museum, gift shop and Fresnel Lens exhibit.
And, of course, nothing warms up a chilly winter day quite like an afternoon at one of the city’s luxurious spas. Relax, rewind, renew and get ready for all the exciting activities Atlantic City has waiting for you.
Before you head out, be sure to check with your chosen destinations for the latest updates and details. Discover more winter getaways and get your free official travel guide at VisitNJ.org.