Modern Luxury Hotels Offering Electrifying Entertainment
Like many of the neighboring buildings in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has a massive casino floor: 4,000 slot machines peal and blink, and there's a 100-seat racebook area where thoroughbreds gallop on an enormous video wall. But beyond the casino, you can also settle into any of six fine-dining restaurants, including a few bars and lounges, and multiple entertainment venues. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, along with its adjacent boutique hotel, The Water Club at Borgata, has a massive complex loaded with possibilities where you can indulge impulses at your own pace.
Four of Borgata's fine-dining venues offer a three-course prix fixe menus: SeaBlue, Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar, and Izakaya. Each has their own signature entree: Fornelletto serves veal osso bucco ravioli, and SeaBlue's specialty is dayboat halibut with littleneck clams.
Elsewhere, you can take a shopping spree at the hotels' myriad boutiques or take in a show at The Borgata Comedy Club, where comedians deal out punch lines Monday–Thursday evenings at 9 p.m.
Collectively, Borgata and the adjacent Water Club feature 2,800 guest rooms and suites decked out in luxurious accouterments. Each of Borgata's classic rooms features one king bed, where you can lay back and peer through floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms have a marbled bathroom with an oversize shower, too. Alternatively, you can opt for one of The Water Club's club rooms, which have views of the ocean.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
The inspiration behind the board game Monopoly, Atlantic City has long fascinated travelers as a vacation destination, a place where you can relax on the beach or indulge vices in equal measure. No trip is complete without a stroll along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, which was built along the beach in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies. It's lined with shopping venues and restaurants.
During Prohibition, law enforcement was lax in Atlantic City compared to much of America, and the mob activity in town was immortalized on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. You can learn more about local history at the Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on Garden Pier. The museum ushers you into the past with a locally focused permanent exhibit that has artifacts, costumes, posters, postcards, souvenirs, and Miss America memorabilia.
A half-mile from the Garden Pier you'll find Absecon Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest lighthouse at 171 feet. Walk up the 228 steps to the apex to come face-to-face with a fresnel lens, which has lit up the night for seafarers since 1857. It's also a great spot to get top-notch views of the Jersey Shore.