Atlantic City Suggested Itineraries

The History Buff II

One-Day Itinerary

Because there’s no such thing as too much history.


Morning:  Start your day by attempting to scale Historic Absecon Lighthouse’s 228 steps to its summit where breathtaking panoramic views of Atlantic City, the Atlantic Ocean and its surroundings await.  Located one block off of the Boardwalk at Rhode Island and Pacific Avenues, Absecon Lighthouse, which originally opened in 1857 and helped aid mariners navigate the tricky Jersey shoreline, is the tallest such structure in New Jersey at 171 feet.


Afternoon:  The most famous historical treasure in Atlantic City is its Boardwalk.  Originally built in 1870 in order to help adjacent hotels keep pesky sand out of their lobbies, the Boardwalk spans 5.5 miles in length while 1.5 miles of which stretches into the neighboring town of Ventnor. Many other historical structures may be found along the Boardwalk. 


Boardwalk Hall, constructed in 1929 and once known as Atlantic City Convention Hall, with its 137-foot-high barrel vaulted ceiling was once the world’s largest clear span space at the time of its opening.  Boardwalk Hall is also home to the world’s largest pipe organ, the Midmer-Losh, which has 449 ranks of pipes derived from 314 stops – 230 flues and 84 reeds.


Evening:  Have fun playing, eating and riding thrilling amusements on historic Steel Pier, which originally opened in 1898 and quickly became known for showcasing the world’s top entertainers.  From the 1920’s through the 1950’s everyone who was anyone played at Steel Pier.  Today, loads of family fun can be had by all at Steel Pier, which features a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, SlingShot AC, go carts, carousels, helicopter rides, wet boats and much, much more

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Photo Credit: Photos Courtesy of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Historic Boardwalk Hall - Beach

Historic Boardwalk Hall - Beach
Atlantic City had been a favorite destination for tourists ever since its founding in 1854.

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