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Atlantic City Local History

The original inhabitants of Absecon Island were the Lenni-Lenape Indians who traveled over the Old Indian Trail from the Mainland to spend the summer months on the island. Thomas Budd was the first recorded owner of Absecon Island who arrived in Atlantic County in the late 1670's. Back then a piece of beachfront property was valued at a mere $0.04 an acre, and today is worth millions of dollars per acre.

Jeremiah Leeds was the first white man to build a permanent structure on the island in 1785, and was the first official residents of Atlantic City. There home was called Leeds Plantation. Jeremiah Leeds' second wife Millicent got a license to operate a tavern after Jeremiah's death in 1838. This was the first business in Atlantic City.

Dr Jonathan Pitney, a prominent physician felt that the island had much to offer, and had ideas of making the island a health resort. But first the access to the island had to be improved, so with the help of civil engineer, Richard Osborne, the Camden-Atlantic City Railroad was built. Construction began in 1852 and the first train arrived on 5 July 1854 after a 2-½ hour trip. Richard Osborne named the city, while Dr Pitney planned the placement of the city streets and named them. Streets running parallel to the ocean would be named after the great bodies of water of the world, while streets, which ran east/west would be named after the States.

Atlantic City Attractions

Top Attractions

Steel Pier Located at 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City. The Steel Pier is Atlantic City's historic amusement pier, where there are carnival games and rides for the entire family. The Steel Pier is open from Memorial Day to Labour Day. Monday to Friday from 1pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm.

Absecon Lighthouse Located at Rhode Island and Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City. With the increased number of visitors to Atlantic City, there were also an increased number of sailing vessels, which increased the number of tragic wrecks off the coast. After the sinking of the Powhatan, a vessel, which carried 311 German immigrants, Dr Pitney urged that a lighthouse was needed. The lighthouse was built in 1857, along with the light keeper's house.

Atlantic City Boardwalk This is the world's first boardwalk and includes landmark hotels, casinos, unique shops, amusements and various restaurants. In 1870 Alexander Boardman and Jacob Keim came up with an idea to rid the town of its sand problem. It cost the town half of its tax revenue that year, but it was decided it was necessary. The Boardwalk is 60 feet wide and 6 miles long and its planks are laid on a substructure of concrete and steel. Steel railings are in place to keep visitors from falling off the Boardwalk onto the beach below.

Rainforest Cafe Labeled a "Wild Place to Shop and Eat" the Rainforest Cafe delivers just that. Walking through a small shop under an archway shaped fish tank, you are instantly transported to the canopy of the Rainforest. Elephants, gorillas, and giant butterflies are just a few of the many features as your lunch or dinner becomes a safari adventure. Meals are very reasonable priced as the portions are hearty and the menu ranges from steaks to sandwiches, seafood and even pizzas! And a helpful hint, save room for the decadent volcano, it's worth it!
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Atlantic City Shopping

Steel's Fudge Inc. Located at 2719 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Steel's Fudge Inc. is the world's oldest family owned fudge factory and is an attraction not to be missed when traveling to the Jersey Shore. There are several different types of fudge to choose from, and all your sweet tooth requirements should be met.

Hamilton Mall Located at 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, Atlantic City. This mall houses over 140 stores, including Macy's and Sears, and several different restaurants. The Mall is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 9:30pm and on Sunday from 11am to 6pm. http://www.shophamilton.com/index.shtml

Fralinger's Located on the Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Fralinger's has some of the best salt-water taffy in New Jersey. In addition to their taffy, they also sell fudge, designer chocolates and freshly salted nuts.

Atlantic City Activities

The Ocean Life Centre Located at 800 North New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City. The Ocean Life Centre is a marine and maritime education and entertainment facility. Their mission is to create awareness of the wonders of the ocean. There are several attractions including aquarium, a touch tank, shipwreck artifacts and several interactive exhibits. The Ocean Life Centre is open from 10am to 6pm daily.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum Located at 1441 New York Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City. This is a great family attraction, but not for the squeamish, the kids will love it though. It quirky, amazing exhibits include the Jersey Devil skeleton and a roulette table made from jellybeans. There is an admission fee of about $10 for Adults, $8 for children aged between 5 and 12 and children under 4 are free. The Museum is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

Story Book Land Located at Black Horse Pike, Cardiff. Story Book Land is only 25km from Atlantic City and is a great place to take the kids. There are rides, a picnic area, a playground, and a zoo. The kids can walk through 50 buildings and displays, which depict famous children's stories. Admission is about $13 and children under 1 are free. Story Book Land is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Atlantic City Parks & Gardens

Pinelands National Reserve This Park is owned and managed by both public agencies and private landowners, who want to preserve a watery landscape of marshland, bogs and ponds covering 1.1 million acres of southern New Jersey's Atlantic coastal plain. There is sandy soil, acidic water and frequent fires, so only plants and animals especially adapted to these conditions are able to live here. Recreational opportunities available within the reserve include camping, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, biking and bird watching. The Batsto Village is the main attraction, it is a living history site, which features craft demonstrations and restored buildings.

Lebanon State Forest - This forest has many pine trees, sandy soils and streams. Several hiking trails and bicycling trails allow the visitors to explore the region in great detail. A New Jersey state fishing license is required to fish in the region. Several campsites and cabins are available for rent from 1 April to 31 October, but a reservation is required. Phone 609-726-1191.

Birch Grove Park and Wildlife Zoo There are lakes for fishing, a playground for the kids, a mini zoo, walking paths and picnic areas. There is a camping ground, which is open seasonally, and a miniature golf course. The Birch Grove Park and Wildlife Zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm. An admission fee of $1 is charged over the weekends and holidays.

Atlantic City Beaches

Avon and Bay Head These beaches offer the excitement of surfing, scuba diving, rafting and tennis.

Point Pleasant Beach This beach has a family atmosphere, and tons of rides and amusements to keep the kids busy all day. The beach has clean white sand and is safe for the children.

Island Beach State Park This is the perfect spot for those of you who love the outdoors. There is so much to do here, you can swim, fish, ride bikes and even go on hikes.

Manasquan This is the perfect summer resort. There are pristine beaches, sparkling surf and a ton of activities to keep the family entertained.

Atlantic City Restaurants and Bars

Atlantic City Restaurants

Hard Rock Cafe Located at Trump Taj Mahal on Boardwalk, Atlantic City. The Hard Rock Café has an extensive selection on its menu's as well as all you can imagine in the bar. There is expansive rock memorabilia to be admired. The Hard Rock Café is open daily from 11:30 to 1am from Monday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1am.

Girasole Located in the Ocean Club Condos, 3108 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City. This restaurant has a wood oven and serve up great pizzas, pastas and seafood. There is a great atmosphere and the food is moderately priced.

Tun Tavern Brewing Company Located on the Corner of Baltic and Michigan Avenues, Atlantic City. This tavern has a festive setting. The grub is great and the microbrews are first-rate. http://www.tuntavern.com

Atlantic City Bars & Clubs

The Irish Pub Located at 164 St. James Place, Atlantic City. This is an appealing old-fashioned pub with friendly service and hearty pub grub. The prices are reasonable and there is a great sense of togetherness. http://www.theirishpub.com

Laguna Grill Martini Bar Located at 1400 Ocean Avenue, Brigatine, Atlantic City. There is a Tiki Patio Bar, which overlooks the beach and the ocean and is undoubtedly the best view of any bar in Atlantic City. There are a huge selection of unique martini drinks, excellent cuisine and great service. You can even enjoy live music in the Luguna Grill Champagne Lounge.

Dock's Oyster House Located at 2405 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City. Dock's is located in the Heart of Atlantic City and is a true landmark. Dock's was opened in 1897 and has been run by the same family ever since. Dock's specialises in seafood, and the finest seafood available in a clean, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The food here is superb and the family personally supervises the service.

Atlantic City children's activities

The Ocean Life Centre Located at 800 North New Hampshire Avenue, Atlantic City. The Ocean Life Centre is a marine and maritime education and entertainment facility. Their mission is to create awareness of the wonders of the ocean. There are several attractions including aquarium, a touch tank, shipwreck artifacts and several interactive exhibits. The Ocean Life Centre is open from 10am to 6pm daily.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum Located at 1441 New York Avenue and Boardwalk, Atlantic City. This is a great family attraction, but not for the squeamish, the kids will love it though. It quirky, amazing exhibits include the Jersey Devil skeleton and a roulette table made from jellybeans. There is an admission fee of about $10 for Adults, $8 for children aged between 5 and 12 and children under 4 are free. The Museum is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

Story Book Land Located at Black Horse Pike, Cardiff. Story Book Land is only 25km from Atlantic City and is a great place to take the kids. There are rides, a picnic area, a playground, and a zoo. The kids can walk through 50 buildings and displays, which depict famous children's stories. Admission is about $13 and children under 1 are free. Story Book Land is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

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