Boardwalk, Atlantic City

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    Atlantic City Historical Museum - FREE

    by TravellerMel Written Aug 17, 2015

    I picked up a flyer for this museum, and decided to stop in while the hubby was birdwatching. So glad I did! The museum is small, but packs a lot of history and artifacts within it's walls. There is a short film running on a loop - be sure to check that out. I was interested in the vintage Mr. Peanut costume, and the Ms. America display. They have one of the first human-powered rolling chairs for which the AC Boardwalk is famous, as well as lots of memorabilia from the various casinos - some of which are now defunct.

    There is NO ADMISSION FEE for this museum, but they do have a donation box on the table. I found this to be a very worthwhile visit.

    Directions: Garden Pier
    South New Jersey Avenue and Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401

    Phone: (609) 347-5839

    Website: http://www.acmuseum.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43&Itemid=35

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    “Best Boardwalk Around”

    by Aliceaaron Written Jun 16, 2015

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    The historic Atlantic City Boardwalk is one-of-a-kind, with all of the unique casinos, wide variety of shops and restaurants from high-class hotel eats to greasy spoons and the BEST ice-custard to be found--at Rita's. There is also a museum, a lighthouse (nearby), and if you walk way down in the opposite direction from the Marina you will come upon a great enclave of beach houses and condos that you might not expect to see. The boardwalk is the best part of Atlantic City. It's the reason why I keep coming back. You have the beach and the ocean on one side and the casinos and restaurants on the other side. There is of course, also the beach and the beach bars in the summer time, and a child-friendly amusement pier. Atlantic City has it all for both children and adults.

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    The Boardwalk

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Dec 31, 2011

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    The boardwalk stretches a couple of miles along the ocean, and gives folks a chance to walk relatively easy from casino to casino. There are a few desolate stretches along the way, but during the day, I wasn't too nervous (I've heard at night, it becomes a different place, but did not have a chance to witness this for myself.) I did enjoy the walk, and the sea air, and the chance to see all the types of stores along the boardwalk. I ventured into a few when they opened, and they were full of a lot of cheap, touristy junk.

    Because the casinos charge ridiculous rates for parking, it's best if you can to park somewhere and walk to where you want to go, so you only get hit with one fee.

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    Feeding the Pigeons

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    Whenever we went to Atlantic City, we would ride bikes on the boardwalk in the morning, and my dad would take pictures of various family members with the pigeons. This first picture is a rare one of him, probably taken by my mom.

    There is a photo of my grandmother in the 1940s in the Intro. Photo 2 is of my sister and myself in about 1949, photo 3 is my sister in 1959. Photo 4 is my mother back around 1950 and photo 5 is just the pigeons.

    People are not supposed to feed the birds, and apparently aggressive seagulls have driven the pigeons away as these are not birds that patiently wait until you are finished with your burger and fries before making their move. They home in like food-seeking missiles and snatch edibles right out of your hands. Atlantic City has declared war on the seagulls, going so far as to put up nets in an effort to keep them from attacking people and/or pooping on them as they fly by.

    My dad and the pigeons in 1947 Me and my sister around 1949 My sister in 1959 My mother with pigeons c 1950 Just pigeons
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    Hanging out at the Boardwalk

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 22, 2011

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    The Atlantic City Boardwalk gained fame or notoriety due to the Board Game MONOPOLY which was based on real estate acquisitions of which it is the most expensive piece of real estate. The first Atlantic City Boardwalk, built in 1870, was small and crude at only 12 feet wide, and was designed only to help keep sand out of the Boardwalk hotels. It today stretches almost 4 ½ miles long, 40 feet wide, and is lined with unique shops, premier casinos and hotels, as well as well-known tourist attractions and is a must-see when visiting Atlantic City.

    The World Famous Atlantic City Boardwalk starts at Absecon Inlet and runs along the beach for four miles (six kilometers) to the city limit. An additional one and one half miles (two kilometers) of the Boardwalk extend into Ventnor City. Casino/hotels front the boardwalk, as well as retail stores, restaurants, and amusements shops. Several piers extend the boardwalk over the Atlantic Ocean. Garden Pier houses the Atlantic City Historical Museum and the Atlantic City Art Center. Also Famous within the Atlantic City Boardwalk is the Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, the famous Boardwalk entertainment and special events hall that first opened to the public in 1929. The hall seats 13,800 people and is listed on the United State Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark and is the theme of the new HBO Series Boardwalk Empire.

    Address: 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

    Directions: 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

    Phone: (609)-348-7000

    Website: http://www.atlanticcitynj.com

    walking Wow, Cheap Dinner at the Store at the backgwound Me hanging out the boardwalk Me again my nephew in front of bally's entrance
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    Boardwalk view of Bally's casino

    by bct341 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It is easy to access most of the casinos from the boardwalk. Currently there are 12 Casino/hotels in Atlantic City, almost all are on the boardwalk but recently casinos are starting to be built away from the beach/boardwalk area.

    Boardwalk view
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    Walk the Boardwalk

    by saw50st8 Written Jul 11, 2006

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    The boardwalk is the heart and soul of Atlantic City. Make sure to walk most of the length of it, but be careful of certain outerlying areas at night. The boardwalk is full of shops and stands and things to do. You can rent bikes or pedicabs and enjoy your time laying on the beach.

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    Boardwalk Stroll

    by al_mary Updated Feb 19, 2006

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    When in Atlantic City, make sure
    that you take a stroll along the world
    famous boardwalk ....

    The boardwalk, although having
    been upgraded over the years,
    was "the place" to stroll in the late
    1800's, right into the mid 1900's,
    especially on Easter Sunday ......
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    This boardwalk gained notoriety due to the board game Monopoly
    which was based upon the trading and dealing of real estate in
    Atlantic City. In the game, Boardwalk is the most expensive property
    to purchase and develop, but also yields the greatest rent payoffs
    to its owner.

    In 1870 the first boardwalk was built along a portion of the beach to
    help hotel owners keep sand out of their lobbies. The idea caught
    on, and the boardwalk was expanded and modified several times
    in the following years. Today, it is several miles long and sixty feet
    wide, reinforced with steel and concrete ......

    Casino/hotels front the boardwalk, as well as retail stores, restaurants,
    and amusements. Several piers extend the boardwalk over the Atlantic
    Ocean. Garden Pier houses the Atlantic City Historical Museum and
    the Atlantic City Art Center. The four story "Pier at Caesars"
    entertainment complex is scheduled to open some time in 2006.

    Directions: The Boardwalk starts at Absecon Inlet and runs along the beach for
    four miles to the city limit. An additional one and one half miles of the
    Boardwalk extends into Ventnor City.

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    Schiff's Central Pier

    by penumbra Written Aug 27, 2005

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    Schiff's Central Pier is one of the oldest buildings on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The pier itself was built in the mid 1880's while the Art Deco pavilion was constructed in the late 1920's. In addition to carnival booth games, video games, laser-tag, and a racecar speedway are available.

    Address: Uptown: Boardwalk and New York Ave

    Central Pier (looking east) Central Pier (entrance)
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    The beach and boardwalk, monopoly

    by Sniffman Written Jun 17, 2005

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    AC has 12 casinos and is the most visited US city.
    35 million people visit each year, more than Vegas or Orlando.
    Walk around town and experince the monopoly game for yourself.
    Neat stores and archtrecture on Altantic and Pacific Avenues.
    Plenty of good food, shows and gambling.

    Address: walk AC

    Directions: walk Atlantic and Pacific aves

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    Walk the Boardwalk

    by juniperjune Written Mar 21, 2005

    You must walk the Boardwalk! It was opened on June 26, 1870, it stretches along six miles of Atlantic City beachfront. The Monopoly game Boardwalk was created using the streets from Atlantic City. This may lead one to imagine the city as nice and clean and safe, but it is not. DO NOT stray off the boardwalk. I did not know this at first, but from walking from the Trump casino to the Tropicana off of Boardwalk, I found out. It is ROUGH!
    Go into all the tourist souvenir shops. They are a hoot. By a cheap 5$ t-shirt and salt water taffy.

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    The Boardwalk

    by Lady7 Updated Mar 18, 2005

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    You've heard all about it I'm sure, but don't forget all the little parks and out lying towns that surround us. We have the only elephant shaped building on the East Coast in Margate a neighboring community just minutes from AC and Brigantine is a lovely little island with a great bird sanctuary. Climb Abscen Lighthouse for a fantastic view of the city. Visit historic Boardwalk Hall, ride the rides on the piers and party all day & night in our clubs. We are a 24 hour city! Stroll the world famous Boardwalk here in AC.

    Address: At the ocean, Atlantic City, NJ.

    Directions: The Boardwalk runs the length of the city facing the ocean and is open to joggers and bike riders from 6am to 10am. It's a 7 mile stretch so get out there and work off all the free drinks and food you ate the night before!

    The Boardwalk looking west.
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  • Pushcart Along the Boardwalk

    by max8701 Written Feb 23, 2005

    Ok this might seem like more of a tourist trap than a must do activity but I found it kind of romantic. When we got to the boardwalk we took a pushcart all the way to where we were going. It was fun. We sat inside an enclosed cart and the man that owns the cart takes you where you want to go. We also did it because it was 10 degrees outside and we were freezing. By the way, the prices aren't set in stone. If you haggle with them they usually will bring the price down.

    Directions: Along the boardwalk

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  • Boardwalk

    by grkboiler Written May 1, 2004

    Take a walk along Atlantic City's famous boardwalk. Here, you can reach many bars, casinos, find things to eat, and see all kinds of novelties.

    The first boardwalk opened in 1870 and it is a little over 4 miles long. It was once a major attraction, and there are plans in the works to revitalize the boardwalk and make it a must-see attraction in Atlantic City.

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    The Boardwalk

    by katmag Written Oct 8, 2003

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    The boardwalk here is great for people watching. There are a lot of small over-priced shops and food stands, a boardwalk amusement park, and entrances to most of the casinos. There's some bizzare things too. There was a guy making his four sons sing horrible off-key songs and bang on some drums in a sad attempt to imitate the Jackson-five. The kids clearly were tired and did not want to be there, but the father kept pushing them to be more animated, for the few measly coins that they were collecting in a hat. There was also some thugs walking in front of us, spitting everywhere, swearing, and trying to rap. Not good memories. But the casinos were an interesting assortment of tackiness.

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