Situated on Atlantic City's eastern coastline, the Absecon Lighthouse has been assisting wandering vessels since its establishment in 1856. Standing at a spectacular height of 171 feet (52 meters), it is quite easily the tallest structure of its kind in New Jersey. This splendid piece of 19th-century architecture is made up of a mesh of granite slabs that lend its walls an eye-catching sheen that still exists today. First lit in 1857, the lighthouse retains its original George Meade-designed Fresnel lens that at the peak of its powers propagated signals up to 36.1 kilometers (22.4 miles). Decommissioned in 1933, its lens shines brightly to this day.
This proud, well-loved historical monument has been delighting visitors since its conception in 1881. South Atlantic City landowner James Vincent de Paul Lafferty, Jr. had this mammoth beast constructed as a way to attract visitors and prospective buyers to his properties. Lucy stands 65 feet (20 meters) high and contains many rooms inside. It also sports a spiral staircase to the top of the edifice. Check out the website for an in-depth account of Lucy's long history.
Tuckerton Seaport is a testament to the rich architectural history of New Jersey. Various recreated buildings and structures line the coastline of this recreated fishing village including Tucker's Island Lighthouse, Joy Dayton's Sawmill, and Jay C. Parker's Decoy Carving Shop. There are several restaurants that get into the action as well, paying tribute to the heritage of the Jersey Shore Baymen. The Museum offers lunch at the restaurant Skeeter's with a gift shop located within. Numerous educational programs are on offer as well.
Atlantic City's Steel Pier proudly stands as New Jersey's amusement park headquarters. Opened it 1898, it suffered a devastating fire in 1982 but reopened, fully renovated in 1993. Check out the giddy, stomach-churning excitement to be had on rides like Pumpkin Wheel, Log Flume, Grand Prix Go Karts, Dragon Jets, Crazy Mouse and much, much more. The International Food Court will keep you well-fed, but be wise as to how much time you wait in between eating and going on a ride!
The Atlantic City Aquarium is an excellent place to explore the deep blue sea and the fascinating marine life. This aquarium houses over 100 diverse species from the sea world; some of the exotic species shown here are the live corals, the Loggerhead Sea Turtles and more. There are various exhibits and exciting activities that take place here such as watching a live diver feed various exotic sharks and other marine lives. Besides, the center has various rental spaces that can accommodate every kind of event.
Located just one mile from Atlantic City, Ventnor Beach is a premier getaway destination for those looking to escape the fast-paced life of the Boardwalk and its casinos. This beach is surrounded by a residential community, but visitors with a "beach tag" are welcomed as well. These tags can be purchased from kiosks near the beach.
Circus Maximus Theater is a plush, elegant entertainment venue that keeps up with the upscale and chic Ceasers Hotel, within which it's located. With a capacity of 1500, the theater has been newly renovated and has been improved with lighting, sound and other technological enhancements. There is also a nifty bar where you can catch some drinks before the show. The ambiance here is very classy attracting all theater connoisseurs. Other events include concerts, music festivals, gigs and so on.
Whether or not you're a music buff, the Adrian Phillips Ballroom should is a place that should not be missed. This beloved venue hosts a variety of live concerts, musical shows, theater, dance performances and even sport events. Offering superb customer service and comfortable seating, this locale in Boardwalk Hall will not let you down.
This memorial, located in Brighton Park, was dedicated in July of 2000, partially funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). The prominent feature is a 12-foot-high statue of "The Mourning Soldier." The names of the 822 New Jerseyans who were killed in action or are missing in action are engraved on the back wall.
All Wars Memorial Building was formerly known as the The Old Soldier's Home. This 29,100 square foot complex houses three ballrooms, warming kitchens, an atrium and deck, and tennis courts along with a memorial hall dedicated to the soldiers of the United Spanish War and other foreign wars. The ballrooms serve as a venue for the people of the Atlantic City to host various events at discounted rates.
Founded in 1855, this majestic and historic church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Tolentine. The church is built in the Romanesque style which makes it in no way less than the cathedrals and basilicas of Europe. The intricacies of the design truly make it a sight to behold. The architectural splendor of the artistry is sure to hold you in awe. It is a church truly built to the glory of God.
Watching movies is almost always a great way to pass the time. The IMAX Theatre at Tropicana, with its comfortable seating arrangement and brilliant sound systems add on to the fun of movie watching. The 3D movies featured here are simply stunning. Check out the website for show times and more information.