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Nearly 35 million visitors visit Atlantic City annually. In the past, visitors came mainly in the summer months to enjoy the beaches, the boardwalk and cooler ocean breezes. Now they come all year long because of the casinos.
Atlantic City Beach
Atlantic City Boardwalk
Atlantic City is a city in Atlantic County, NJ. It is an internationally renowned resort city known for gambling, concert shows, conventions and leisure. The city also served as the inspiration for the "Monopoly Board Game."
The city is located on Absecon Island, which is a 5-mile barrier island that was once a summer camp of the Lenni-Lenape Indians. The island is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Absecon Island was originally selected as the location of Atlantic City because it is the closest shore point to Philadelphia.
It is the 4th most popular city to visit in the United States. Only Orlando,
New York and Las Vegas receive more visitors.
The City's popularity is mainly due to its unique combination of casinos, the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful sand beaches, clean salt air, pleasant climate and famous boardwalk. However the City also offers gourmet dining, great shopping, boating and fishing, and golf.
The world's top entertainers and shows
come to the city. Many of the same famous entertainers and shows that play Las Vegas, also make stops in Atlantic City.
Through the 1920's and up to about 1960, Atlantic City was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. In its prime, the nation's most popular entertainers regularly performed there. During the 1950s Frank Sinatra regularly appeared at Atlantic City clubs. During the 1960's the City's popularity decreased as low-cost, fast jet air travel became available, and tourists started heading elsewhere, including Miami Beach, Florida and the Caribbean.
Atlantic City went through a decline and then a rebirth, with casino gambling being the catalyst for its resurgence.
The first casino, Resorts, opened in Atlantic City in 1978, and it soon became a big destination for senior citizen day trippers.
Most of the City's hotels were converted to casinos, or demolished and replaced by bigger and more elaborate casinos.
The present trend is for even larger casinos which are designed to appeal to a more up-scale clientele. The Borgata opened in 2003, introducing a new era with restaurants from big name-chefs, pulsing night clubs, and up-scale shopping, and no drop-off zones for buses full of senior citizens.
Atlantic City now has 9 casinos.
Although the casinos are now the major draw, the Atlantic City beaches and boardwalk still have much appeal.
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To see scenes from Atlantic City's nostalgic early days follow this Link: Glimpses of the Past
Follow this Link: to see Atlantic City from Space.
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Use this Map to locate the Atlantic City Casinos.
They are clearly labeled in red.
As of September 2014 the following Atlantic City Casinos have closed: The Atlantic Club, The Showboat, The Revel and the Trump Plaza.
As of October 10, 2016 the Taj Mahal Casino has closed. However it has become a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The Showboat reopened, as a hotel only, on July, 8 2016. It has 872 rooms, including 83 ocean front suites, but offers no casino games. See: Showboat Hotel.
The Revel casino's new owner has renamed the casino: Ocean Casino Resort.
The closed Taj Mahal has become a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.