Introduction to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Atlantic City is situated on Absecon Island along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Atlantic County. The town is a popular destination due to its beaches, casino gambling and boardwalk. The street names from the popular Monopoly board game received their names from streets in Atlantic City.
The Lenni-Lenapes originally inhabited Absecon Island. An Englishman named Thomas Budd was the first owner of the island and arrived in the late 1670s. Jeramiah Leeds and his family are recognized as the initial settlers of Atlantic City and they established Leeds Plantation around 1785. Tourists began visiting the area after the Camden-Atlantic City Railroad was constructed. The first train reached the island in 1854. The island also became an active seaport. In 1870 the first road that connects the mainland with the island was completed. Soon, major luxurious hotels were being built to accommodate all the tourists. In 1880 Atlantic City had its formal opening with enormous fanfare. The first oceanside amusement pier in the world was constructed in the city in 1882.
After World War II ended, Atlantic City began to decline as a major tourist destination. The decline has been attributed to easy air travel to other destinations, people migrating to the West, desires for different types of entertainment and the deterioration of Atlantic City. In 1976 the Casino Gambling Referendum was approved and soon numerous casinos were built and the city again became a popular tourist destination.
Visitors can travel to Atlantic city from Philadelphia and South Jersey towns by the New Jersey Transit Atlantic City Line. New Jersey Transit and Greyhound offer bus transportation. The town is served by the Atlantic City International Airport. Some visitors utilize the Philadelphia International Airport and the Newark Liberty International Airport.
- Atlantic City Aquarium - Ocean Life Center
- Absecon Lighthouse offers excellent views of the shoreline
- Lucy the Elephant is a large structure and is included in the National Register of Historic Places
- Atlantic City Historical Museum showcases numerous exhibits
- Monopoly Monument
- Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
- Atlantic City Art Center
Atlantic City is home to numerous gambling casinos including the Trump Taj Mahal, Caesars & Trump Plaza and the Borgata. The boardwalk features hotels, shops, resorts, casinos and other sites. An amusement park is situated on Steel Pier, which is located next to the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Garden Pier is recognized as the cultural center of the boardwalk. Atlantic City is situated along the shoreline and offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and surfing and enjoying the views.