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New Jersey Shore Tourist Attractions
There are 127 miles of New Jersey shore coastline, much of it consisting of wide and sandy beaches. Historic Cape May, the casinos, boardwalk, and amusement parks of Atlantic City cater well to mass tourism. There are also quiet conservative towns in addition to the trendy, active resort towns. Sparsely populated swamps and forests can be found a few miles inland.
The most popular of the New Jersey Shore tourist attractions is Atlantic City, a Las Vegas-style casino-land overloaded with hotels, casinos, restaurants, high-end shopping, and all the glitz you need to make you feel like you're in the original Sin City.
Visitors do, however, flock to other attractions outside the casinos of AC, including Absecon Lighthouse, the Steel Pier, the Atlantic City Aquarium, the attractions at Cape May, and the miles and miles of beaches that face the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Grab a detailed map of the New Jersey shore and start your New York to Atlantic City road trip.
Atlantic City Getaways
Go directly to Boardwalk. Or Park Place. Welcome to Atlantic City, the inspiration for Monopoly, the East Coast's Atlantic City, the "Sin City" of the East, the family-fun vacation spot, the Jersey Shore getaway…
Atlantic City brings to mind many images and perceptions, and that's likely because of the variety of activities that are found in this small New Jersey city. For some it's a gambling town. For some it's all about the parties. Some flock to AC for the beaches, and some for the family-friendly activities. But whoever you are and for whatever reasons you come, you're sure to find your niche and have a fantastic time.
Atlantic City Tourist Attractions
Atlantic City has been around long before it became a popular casino town. In fact, Atlantic City is one of the oldest seaside resorts in America and is home to the first oceanfront boardwalk in the world!
Post-World War II, Atlantic City turned to gambling and has since gone through multi-billion dollar renewal plans multiple times over. Gigantic hotels and world-class casinos now line the streets of Atlantic City and host such big names as the Borgata, Bally's, Caesar's, Harrah's, Tropicana, Trump hotels and casinos, and other Vegas-esque establishments.
Two Atlantic City tourist attractions not to be missed include the Quarter and the Pier at Caesars. The first is an Old Havana-style complex complete with hotel, restaurants, and an IMAX theater. The Pier is another retail and entertainment venue filled with high-end boutiques.
Cape May Tourist Attractions
Cape May is known as "The Jewel of the Jersey Shore," and when you make your way down to the tip of the Garden State and take in the fresh air, the Victorian beach, and the friendly, laid-back beach attitudes, you'll have no choice but agree. The area is dotted with old, restored inns, all quaint, clean, and romantic, and with nice restaurants to match. Unlike other beaches in the area, the beachfront hotels aren't too expensive and allow couples of all ages and families or all sizes to take advantage of staying on the beach. Spring and summer break bring flocks of college students to the Cape May shores, but during the rest of the year, Cape May remains as quiet and serene as can be.
Not to be missed: Cape May's Emlen Physick Estate, a Victorian house museum, the Carriage House Café, and a lovely train tour around town—how's that for a fun-filled afternoon on the shore?
New Jersey Road Trip Getaway Planner
Choose the beach town that best suits your travel personality and spend a few days there. Dedicate at least a day to exploring the glitz and glamour of Atlantic City.
Tourist Attractions and Highlights in Atlantic City, Wildwood, Cape May, New Jersey Shore