Under a 137-foot-high, barrel-vault ceiling, Boardwalk Hall's floor has played host to historic Garden State moments for more than eight decades. The longest clear-span space in the world when it opened in 1929, the venue has seen the nation's first indoor football game, the first indoor helicopter flight, and performances by such luminaries as the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong. A $90 million renovation completed in 2001 ushered the space into the new millennium, updating the lighting, improving the acoustics, and roping off a section of seats for time-traveling audience members.
Seasoned boat captains and crustacean prospectors Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand gather to share with audience members their tales of struggle and survival during crab season on the high seas, as partly documented by the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Fishing the Bering Sea in the middle of winter demands strong wills—which can come together in times of treacherous weather and 100-foot waves or come to blows about who performs better in the three-legged crabwalk race. Selected audience members will also have the chance to don the survival suits from the Time Bandit. Following the story-swapping and previously unreleased video footage, greenhorns and avid fans will have the opportunity to launch questions at the captains, wave giant foam claws, and learn how to communicate in claw-snap Morse code.
Girls Night: The Musical will bring to the stage of the 14th Street Theatre a heartfelt, comedic story of five friends celebrating their history and future together while embarking on an epic night of karaoke. Actresses belt out renditions of such female classics as "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and “Lady Marmalade” amid vibrant set pieces. Theater seating harkens back to intimate cabarets of yore, with up to four seats and a Dean Martin wax figure adorning each table. Groupon holders receive the best non-VIP seats possible (any table other than tables A-G) upon the redemption of their vouchers at the theater's will-call station.
Situated just outside the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City's wooden boardwalk is one of the longest in the world, stretching for nearly 6 miles along New Jersey's eastern coast and covered with beaches, boutiques, and glittering casinos. In the 1920s, the boardwalk established itself as an entertainment hotspot with carnival rides, flappers, and jazz musicians that inspired HBO's Boardwalk Empire. A fun-loving atmosphere still draws surfers, kayakers, and fishermen to the city's glitzy beaches. Just a 10-minute drive from the hotel is the bayside Gardner's Basin, where a community of artisans sets up shop. Situated next to a 25,000-gallon aquarium swimming with turtles and rays, the crafters here have used seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes, picture frames, and other housewarming gifts for estranged uncles trapped on desert islands.
The inspiration behind the board game Monopoly, Atlantic City has long fascinated travelers with its unique blend of history and recreation. The Atlantic City Boardwalk, built in 1870, still beckons visitors today with its plethora of shopping venues and restaurants. Along the Garden Pier, the Atlantic City Historical Museum ushers patrons into the past with a locally focused permanent exhibit featuring artifacts, costumes, posters, postcards, souvenirs, and Miss America memorabilia. A half mile from the Garden Pier stands the Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest lighthouse at 171 feet. Nautically inclined travelers can trek up the 228 steps to the apex to come face-to-face with a fresnel lens that has lit up the night for mariners since 1857. From the beacon's lofty peak, visitors can revel in stunning views of the Jersey Shore.
Hard-rock juggernauts Five Finger Death Punch give audiences four for flinching on their Share The Welt tour, a high-octane evening of nail-driving metal and chugging aural concrete. Since bursting onto the scene in 2007 with its gold-selling debut, The Way of the Fist, Five Finger Death Punch has scaled the charts and the musical food chain, gulping its competition like a possessed Takeru Kobayashi. For the tour in support of its latest effort, American Capitalist, the gang enlists an entire posse of heavy hitters. Massachusetts metal mavens All That Remains, fresh from melting soles on the Vans Warped Tour, bludgeon audiences with an arsenal of hits, and hardcore shredders Hatebreed share unkind words as they haze the speed of sound. Adding power-chord crunch to the show, Fort Wayne’s Rains sprinkles audiences with raw and emotional sonic sleet.