Atlantic City is in Atlantic county, along the southeastern New Jersey shore. It is situated on Absecon Island, a 10 mile long sea-level sand bar that is separated from the mainland by a narrow strait and several miles of marshes. Atlantic City shares this island with the seaside towns of Ventnor, Margate, and Longport. In 1820 Jonathan Pitney developed the island as a summer health resort. Soon the Camden and Atlantic Railroad made the resort its eastern terminus. Its famous Boardwalk was built in 1870. Convention Hall (Boardwalk) with its 40,000 plus-seat auditorium makes this resort a popular convention site as well as the home of the Miss America Pageant.
Atlantic City's general declined began in the late 1950s. The regal resort’s elegant hotels and and other attractions had greatly deteriorated by 1976 when the first legal gambling casino in the United States located outside Nevada opened. The development of gambling resorts provided an influx of jobs and money. Today over 37 million people visit Atlantic City annually.
Popualtion: city, 39,000; Atlantic-Cape May Metropolitian Area, 337,315
Land Area: 11.4 square miles.
Flight times (Atlantic City to...): Chicago-2.5 hrs., London-8 hrs., Los Angeles-6 hrs., Miami-2.5 hrs.
Atlantic City's mild winter climate is tempered by the Gulf Stream and the summers are often considerably cooler than nearby New York and Philadelphia.
Average mean temperature: 53 F (13° C), Days of sunshine: 210 days, Annual precipitation: 39.5 inches.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March - May: 64°f / 43°f, 18°c / 9°c
June - Aug.: 85°f / 64°f, 29°c / 18°f
Sept. - Nov.: 69°f / 50°f, 20°c / 11°c
Dec. - Feb.: 48° / 30°f, 10°c / -1°c
Click for a current weather forecast for Atlantic City.
The city is readily accessible to two nearby International Airports. Philadelphia International Airport is 60 minutes via the Atlantic City Expressway.
Philadelphia International Airport: 1-800-PHL-GATE www.phl.org
Atlantic City International Airport: www.acairport.com/ Cty
Atlantic City is also an easy drive from the northeast’s largest cities.
MILEAGE CHART( in miles)
Baltimore, MD - 135
Boston, MA - 323
Hartford, CT - 272
Newark, NJ -108
New York, NY - 115
Philadelphia, PA - 60
Pittsburgh, PA - 345
Washington, DC - 175
Public Transportation: Best bet are the popular 13 passenger jitneys that cruise the entire length of Pacific Avenue, parallel to the Boardwalk; they run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, $1.50 per person. (609) 344-8642.
Rail service: provided by New Jersey Transit arrives and departs from a terminal next to the Atlantic City Convention Center. Rail service daily between Philadelphia (30th Street Station) and the Atlantic City Rail Terminal. Free shuttle service between the Rail Terminal and all casinos. Call 1-800-AC-TRAIN in New Jersey, or 215-569-3752 in Philadelphia.
New Jersey Transit: (800) 582-5946
Greyhound: (800) 231-2222
Academy Busy Lines: (800) 992-0451
Economy Taxi (609) 344-6600
Action Taxi (609) 839-9797
Mutual Taxi (609) 345-6111
Atlantic City Art Center and Historical Museum (www.acartcenter.org): Three art galleries plus exhibits related to Atlantic City's history. Boardwalk, at new Jersey Avenue (609) 347-5839 Free.
Atlantic City Convention Center (www.accenter.com) : 500,000 square feet of exhibit space plus 12,000 hotel rooms. Arkansas & Baltic Ave. (888) 222-3638.
Boardwalk Convention Hall (www.boardwalkhall.com): 40,000 plus -seat auditorium and exhibition space. Boardwalk & Florida Ave. (888) 222-3638.
Farley State Marina: Harbor/dock offering a accommodations, spa, pool plus boating & fishing supplies. See map. (609) 441-8482
Gardner's Basin: Atlantic City Ocean Life Center, plus various cruises & deep-sea fishing excursions. Free parking. 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. (609) 348-2880.
Miss America Rosewalk: Commemorates Miss America Pageants of the past. Michigan Avenue & Boardwalk. (609) 347-0500.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum (www.ripleysatlanticcity.com): Self-guided tours of strange & incredible exhibits. New York Ave. & Boardwalk. (609) 347-2001.
Steel Pie: Amusement park plus more. Taj Mahal, Virginia Ave. & Boardwalk. (609) 345-4893.
Ballyís Park Place-A Hilton Casino Resort: Park Place & Boardwalk. (800) 772-7777, (609) 340-2709
Caesars Atlantic City Hotel/Casino: Boardwalk & Arkansas Ave. (800) 677-7469, (609) 348-4411
Claridge Casino Hotel: Boardwalk & Park Place (800) 752-7469, (609) 340-3700
Harrahís Atlantic City Casino Hot 777 Harrahís Bld. (800) 242-7724, (609) 441-5165
Resorts Casino Hotel: North Carolina & Boardwalk. (800) 322-SHOW, (609) 340-6930
Sands Hotel & Casino: Indiana Ave. & Brighton Park. (800) AC-SANDS, (609) 441-4137
Showboat Casino Hotel: Delaware Ave. & The Boardwalk. (800) 621-0200
Tropicana Casino and Resort: Brighton Ave. & The Boardwalk. (800) 526-2935, (609) 340-4020
Trump Marina Hotel & Casino: Huron Avenue & Brigantine Boulevard. (800) 777-8477
Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino: Mississippi Ave. & Boardwalk. (800) 759-8786
Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort: 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave. (800) 825-8888 , (609) 449-1000
Trump Worldís Fair Hotel & Casino: 2500 Boardwalk (609) 441-6700
Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort: Boston Ave. & the Boardwalk. (800) 843-4726, (609) 340-7160
Blue Heron Pines Golf Club (www.blueheronpines.com): Awarded 4 stars by Golf Digest. 550 West Country Club Drive, Cologne, (609) 965-1800, Roosevelt Blvd., Brigantine, NJ. (609) 266-1388.
Great Bay Golf Club (www.gacga.com/greatebay.html): 8 hole championship course, PGA/LPGA 901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, NJ (609) 927-5071.
Harbor Pines Golf Club (www.harborpines.com): World class clubhouse, fairways, greens & chipping green. Egg Harbor Township, NJ (609) 927-0006
Atlantic City Cruises (www.atlanticcitycruises.com): Gardner’s Basin, New Hampshire Avenue 800-CRUISN1 or (609) 347-7600
Atlantic City Famous Rolling Chair Co. (Boardwalk Tours): See the Boadwalk from huge wicker chairs on wheels being pushed by attendants. 1601 Boardwalk & Kentucky Ave. (609) 347-7148.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry: Ferry tours and excursions to the New Jersey and Delaware. From Cape May, NJ & Lewes, Delaware. 800-64-FERRY
Captain Applegate’s Deep-Sea Fishing: Fishing, sightseeing charters & evening cruises. Gardner’s Basin, N. New Hampshire Ave. (609) 345-4077.