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The Atlantic City Boardwalk was the first boardwalk in America, and dates back to 1870 when it was just an eight-foot-wide strip that got dismantled at the end of each season. Today, the boardwalk runs for over five miles, and is lined with restaurants, amusements, casinos, hotels and other attractions, making it one of Atlantic City’s hottest spots.
There are a few museums on the Atlantic City Boardwalk that are worth a visit if you have some time to spare. The museum that guarantees to fascinate the whole family is Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which showcases strange oddities from around the world, such as shrunken heads and the skeletons from extremely rare animals. The Atlantic City Historical Museum is also on the Boardwalk and is the place to go if you want to learn more about this one-of-a-kind city’s rich and unique history and heritage.
For those that choose to take a long stroll along the Boardwalk, you will encounter many different attractions and games along the way. However, if you want to specifically head somewhere that guarantees to entertain, then the iconic Steel Pier is what you are after. This amusement park extends out over the Atlantic Ocean and features 25 heart-stopping extreme rides, as well as an amusement arcade and food outlets. For those who enjoy racing, the Central Pier Arcade has an outdoor go-kart speedway, as well as an arcade that is open all year round. The Atlantic City Aquarium is also on the Boardwalk, as is the Absecon Lighthouse, a historical landmark that visitors can climb to the top of, enjoying the panoramic views of Atlantic City. Of course, there are also a number of casinos along the Boardwalk, from the Cuban-inspired Tropicana Casino and Resort to Bally’s Atlantic City to the Resorts Casino Hotel, which also happens to have a fabulous beach bar.
The Boardwalk is home to a number of different restaurants, guaranteeing that you will find something that you will enjoy, no matter what you may be in the mood for. If you are after regional Italian cuisine in elegant fine dining surroundings, head to Il Mulino New York, which has frequently been ranked as one of the best restaurants in Atlantic City. Other upscale restaurants along the Boardwalk include the bar and seafood restaurant Fin, Gallagher’s Steakhouse that specializes in dry-aged chops, and Robert’s Steakhouse Atlantic City, as well as the Indian and Chinese restaurant in the Trump Taj Mahal; Royal Albert’s Palace and Dynasty. For something more casual, Gallagher’s Burger Bar boasts a relaxing pub-like setting and Breadsticks Café & Grill serves up classic American comfort food while the retro ’50s vibe at the Johnny Rockets diner is always fun.
The Atlantic City Boardwalk manages to appeal to such a wide range of people because of its diverse offerings. From fine dining Italian cuisine with ocean views, to outdoor go-karting before a ride on a roller coaster, the Boardwalk is somewhere that just about everybody will enjoy.