Because Atlantic City and Las Vegas are gambling towns, they often get compared. Yes, both cities offer gambling, night clubs, music, entertainment, fine dining, and high end shopping, but Atlantic City does have a few perks that Las Vegas just can’t compete with. No matter how hard they try, Las Vegas will never have a beach.
Not only does Atlantic City have a beach, but it is a free beach as well. Some resorts make you buy beach tags, but not AC. Enjoy a day at the beach with your family for no cost. Save your money for casinos, nightlife, and family entertainment. Who does not enjoy sitting in a beach chair and looking out over the ocean? Yes, Las Vegas has plenty of sand, but they don’t have an ocean view. Atlantic City beaches are family friendly, as is the boardwalk. People love the Jersey Shore, and it is easy to see why when you are sitting on Atlantic City’s beaches.
Are you a fan of casino nightlife and love dressing up, but you hate walking long distances in those uncomfortable shoes? Atlantic City has Pedicabs. Similar to a rickshaw, Pedicab drivers will happily pedal you to your next destination down the boardwalk. This service is fairly unique to Atlantic City. It’s a convenient mode of transportation for the weary boardwalk traveler.
Looking for a little bit of history on your trip to Atlantic City? Atlantic City has the third tallest lighthouse in America, the Absecon Lighthouse. It is 150 years old and 228 steps. Maybe you are a fan of oddly shaped buildings? Hop on over to visit our neighboring resort town Margate, and visit Lucy. Lucy is a building shaped like a giant elephant that was built to promote buying real estate at the shore back when the shore resorts were in their infancy. Both are great places for you and your family to visit. It’s the only place in the country where you can visit an elephant building!
Atlantic City also offers the some unique treats you have to try when you are visiting the New Jersey and Philadelphia area. Salt Water Taffy is a Jersey Shore tradition, and you can get some of the best in AC. Boardwalk pizza is also a local treat, as are pretzels, cheesesteaks, and pork roll sandwiches. You can also get some Italian Ice, or Water Ices to cool off at the end of a long day. You can try to get these foods elsewhere in the country, but the best will always be here.
Though they may have a lot of similarities, comparing Atlantic City to Las Vegas is like comparing apples and oranges. Enjoy all of the fun of a casino town with Atlantic City’s unique spin! It’s fun for the whole family.