Groups will find an endless selection of attractions, dining options and retail stores
Atlantic City is synonymous with its famous boardwalk, bringing together stunning ocean views with nonstop seaside action. And with so many attractions—and several being added every year—it’s no wonder groups continue to venture to this lively resort city. Group planners have their pick of exciting activities and experiences, allowing groups to soak in the very best of Atlantic City.
The Beaches & Boardwalk
The heart of Atlantic City is its beautiful beaches and bustling boardwalk. These formed the foundation of the city, allowing guests to experience both the natural side of the area and the spirited world of the resorts and casinos. The boardwalk, which spans seven miles, was the world’s first boardwalk and is lined with unique shops and eateries—including several stores selling the city’s famous salt-water taffy. In the last year, the boardwalk has gotten even better, with an expansion to the Inlet section along the water.
The new section of the boardwalk lets guests walk, run, or bike directly to Historic Gardner’s Basin, a bayside park with shopping, dining, sightseeing tours and more. Another recent addition to the oceanfront is the observation wheel, located at Steel Pier. The 227-foot attraction features 40 climate-controlled gondolas that give groups an unparalleled view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic City skyline.
Atlantic City Gaming and Entertainment
Atlantic City’s casino and resort landscape continues to transform, with major redevelopments and upgrades designed to improve the overall guest experience. Ocean Casino Resort recently opened its doors along the boardwalk, offering groups 138,000 square feet of gaming and a state-of-the-art sports book. For non-gamers, the hotel also features the largest Topgolf Swing Suite, an immersive, one-of-a-kind simulation that’s fun for everyone in the crew.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, housed in the former Taj Mahal Casino, opened its doors in the summer of 2018 after significant renovations both inside and outside. The new hotel includes a modern indoor pool, signature spa and fitness center, over 2,000 slots, and two entertainment venues that host major acts like Hall & Oates, Foreigner and Bob Dylan.
Group tours can enjoy Atlantic City’s best local bands at Fins Bar, a new addition to the Margaritaville LandShark Bar & Grill. The year-round beach bar offers guests a 2,300 square-foot deck, a large bar, and a portable stage that hosts live entertainment.
Shopping and Dining
Apart from being an entertainment mecca, Atlantic City is also known for its elite shopping and award-winning dining scene. Not only are there several diverse boutiques and retail shops along the boardwalk, but Atlantic City also features many other shopping options where groups can get their retail fix. The Tanger Outlets the Walk is a 15-city block retail outlet that includes several chain retailers offering heavily reduced prices. While The Quarter at Tropicana offers more than 25 shops in one convenient location.
The culinary world thrives in Atlantic City, with many—if not all—the casinos offering top-of-the-line restaurants that cater to palates of all kinds. The latest spot where groups get a taste of the new Atlantic City is The Orange Loop. Adopting its name from the Monopoly board game, The Orange Loop consists of three beach blocks starting with Tennessee Avenue and expanding to St. James Place and New York Avenue. The new entertainment and dining hub features dynamic establishments that are sure to please everyone in the group. MADE Atlantic City Chocolate Bar is a bean-to-bar shop featuring cocktails, decadent desserts and fun alcohol and chocolate pairings. Bourré serves up Cajun-style barbecue and themed cocktails, while guests enjoy free live performances.
Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall is the perfect place for groups to gather after a day of exploring Atlantic City. It pours over a hundred craft beers and grills up delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. The libations continue at Rhythm and Spirits, a cocktail and pizza bar offering guests an exceptional dining experience.
Atlantic City is filled with history and culture, but it never stops evolving to embrace the latest in dining, leisure, and entertainment. Groups will always find something surprising, whether it’s their first or their 50th visit.