Sunday, August 28, 2022

10+ Artsy & Cool Things To Do in Atlantic City

By Jacquelin Carnegie
(photo: ACA)
While Atlantic City, New Jersey is known for its 24-hour casinos and all-you-can-eat buffets, there's much more on offer here. The kitsch and the cool coexist, creating a unique environment that's fun to explore. Start on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, built in 1870. It's lined with all kinds of places from fast-food stands and funky shops to great restaurants and an array of resort hotels. You can stroll leisurely along, taking in the sights, or ride in one of the "Rolling Chairs," first introduced in 1887. Along the way, you'll be amazed at some of the lesser-known cultural offerings.
Ballet By the Beach
ACB on John Roloff's Étude Atlantis (photo: JCarnegie)
Atlantic City Ballet If you thought Atlantic City was just full of roulette wheels and one-arm bandits, you're in for a treat. A multi-cultural company of young and enthusiastic professional dancers performs classical ballets and contemporary dance pieces throughout the year for audiences of all ages.

Oceanside Movie Viewing
Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest

www.downbeachfilmfestival.org
Film buffs rejoice. Every October, Atlantic City celebrates the art of moviemaking. Along with showcasing new independent and studio films, this festival shines a spotlight on the directors and actors. What could be better for movie lovers than seeing some great flicks while mingling with the filmmakers down at the shore?
The AC Boardwalk (photo: ACA)
Museums in Unusual Settings
There are a number of artsy venues, plus museum exhibits in different locations: 
Noyes Museum of Art
Mel Leipzig's paintings at The Noyes 
www.noyesmuseum.org 
The Noyes has an amazing collection of American folk art, vintage duck decoys, and exceptional examples of work by regional and national artists, currently displayed is various locations.
The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College
2200 Fairmount Ave.; Tel: 609/626-3805; artsgarageac.com
At The Wave Parking Garage, the Arts Garage, a satellite of The Noyes Museum, has galleries, artist studios, an arts & crafts shop, and a café. Every month, on the Second Friday, the galleries stay open late and there's music & refreshments.
Great Seaside Entertainment
The list of headliners performing on any given night in the various AC hotels is truly amazing. There are also many wonderful, free outdoor concerts and other activities for the whole family.
(photo: JCarnegie)
Beyonce in AC
Visit All Year Long
No matter what the season, the wonderful hotel spas and indoor pools are open. Spas: In addition to facials & massages, the spas have saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, & all-day access to fitness facilities & private pools. Pools: Relax or party poolside. The Borgata's indoor pool at The Water Club is a tropical paradise. Harrah's glass-domed, pool oasis turns into a nightclub on The Pool After Dark nights.

Food Glorious Food
AC's famous Steel Pier (photo: ACA)
Throughout the year, you can pick up a quick, tasty snack or have a delicious, leisurely meal at any number of fine restaurants. Here's a fun way to sample the offerings:
Atlantic City Restaurant Week www.acrestaurantweek.com 
In October, some 80 restaurants participate with prix-fixe, three-course meals at affordable rates. For fabulous Italian food anytime, try Capriccio at Resorts.
Where to Stay:
(photo: ACA)
There are hotels for all tastes in AC. Check out the Atlantic City Alliance for things to do and a place that suits you. Many of the AC hotels offer special packages along with mid-week and seasonal discounts. Plan your visit for any season. AC has great activities all year long, not just during the summertime.
Getting There: Drive or take Greyhound's "Lucky Streak" Bus: www.luckystreakbus.com

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