Atlantic City Itinerary: Arts and Culture in Atlantic City
The Itinerary at a Glance
For those who think a place’s history is as enjoyable as the present, this group travel itinerary example is for you because we know it just wouldn’t be a vacation without stepping into a museum that turns back time to an era where salt water was good for your health, Prohibition ran rampant and the most famous acts in the country found their voice.
4 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Atlantic City Historical Museum
- New Jersey State Korean War Memorial
- Civil Rights Garden
- Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern
Duration: 1 Day
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
There is nothing better than a morning stroll on the world-famous historic Atlantic City Boardwalk. It’s also the first boardwalk, built in 1870 to help keep sand from being tracked into hotels, and the salt air was good for your health. It’s also where you’ll find many piers, notably Steel Pier where the Rat Pack came to play and the Beatles tickets were available for sale for their sold-out 1964 concert at Boardwalk Hall. Another notable is Garden Pier just north of Resorts Casino. Located there is the Atlantic City Historical Museum, where you can get a glimpse of Atlantic City’s unusual past. An enlightening 30-minute film and the famous Mr. Peanut are just part of the offerings to enjoy.
Also just off the Boardwalk is the New Jersey State Korean War Memorial, located in Brighton Park where Park Place meets the Boardwalk. It features a 12-foot-high statue of The Mourning Soldier clutching dog tags. A group of soldiers “under fire” emerges through a sheet of water just to his left. The back wall of the memorial, beneath an eternal flame, is engraved with the names of the 822 New Jerseyans who were killed or are still missing in action.
Just past Historic Boardwalk Hall near Florida Avenue and the Boardwalk is the Boardwalk Empire façade display featuring a store front exhibit with images from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” television show. It’s the perfect place for a photo op. a little farther down is Historic Boardwalk Hall home to the first Miss America Pageant and the oldest and largest musical instrument on earth, the Midmer-Losch pipe organ. Free tours and 20-minute concerts are available May through September.
Located on Pacific Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard is the Civil Rights Garden. It’s a one-of-a-kind tribute to the civil rights movement. Eleven black African granite columns are etched with quotes from famous Americans. The central column features an upraised hand and a large bronze bell over a reflecting pool.
Located in nearby Margate, what was once known as South Atlantic City, Lucy the Elephant is one piece of history you should not miss. Now over 100 years old, Lucy the Elephant was originally built to lure real estate investors to the shore. Since then she has served as a restaurant, a tavern and even a house. She was restored in the 1970s and moved to her current location at Washington and Atlantic Avenues in Margate, where she has resided ever since as a museum. You can climb to the “howdah” on Lucy’s back for a panoramic view of the ocean, beach and surrounding area. Open seasonally.
There are many long-established restaurants in Atlantic City including Knife and Fork, formerly a speakeasy during Prohibition. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to George Clooney have eaten at White House Sub Shop, and Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern is as popular for its homemade wine as for pasta as good as mamma used to make. Atlantic City Bar & Grill is home to great seafood, and Kelsey’s will soothe your soul with Southern specialties and hospitality.