Atlantic City in 24 Hours
If it weren’t for the beach, Atlantic City might not even exist today. Not too many people lived in the region until Dr. Jonathan Pitney showed up in 1820. He thought the climate around Absecon would make for a lovely health resort. So Pitney got some people together and built one. Then they built a railroad. By 1854, Atlantic City was born.
Today, you can enjoy some of that ocean air by taking a stroll on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk (est. 1870). It’s a sight to behold, and it should be one of the very first things you do the next time you spend a day in Atlantic City. Here’s a rough schedule you can follow to get the most bang out of your 24 hours in the AC.
Start your day off right with breakfast at Teplitsky’s – the hot challah stuffed french toast is highly recommended. Then hit the Boardwalk. This could easily take up your whole trip if you let it, so stick to one section and poke around for a couple of hours. Cafes are everywhere if you need a cup of joe along the way.
Even if shopping isn’t your thing, you’ll want to check out the Pier Shops at Caesars. It’s not as busy as other outlets, there’s an amazing view of the coastline, and you can grab yourself some lunch while you’re at it. Buddakan is outstanding if you’re willing to pay $30 for an entree, or you could go for an $8 bowl of crab soup at Phillips Seafood.
It’s time to hit the spa. There are plenty around the Boardwalk, but head to the marina district and Harrah’s, where you’ll find the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. You can get a coupon if you happen to be staying at Harrah’s. A proper massage will get you limbered up for the rest of your day.
You’re here for the casinos, right? There are eight of them to choose from at press time; Harrah’s, the Tropicana, Caesars and the Borgata are all worth a visit. But for dinner, you have to head out to Dock’s Oyster House. Reserve a spot just in case. Then go back to the casinos for the rest of your night. If you’re all gambled out, catch a show, or hit The Pool After Dark if you’re in a party mood. Doc Pitney would approve.