Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Inn Atlantic City North
The Comfort Inn Atlantic City North is less than a 10-minute drive from the Atlantic City Boardwalk, making it a convenient yet quiet retreat not far from the action downtown. Fresh from a renovation, the hotel offers a free hot breakfast each morning, so you can fuel up before heading to the casinos or nearby Ocean Beach.
- Distance from Atlantic City Boardwalk: 6 miles. Other attractions such as Steel Pier and Atlantic City Aquarium are also close.
- Complimentary breakfast including eggs, sausage, waffles, and yogurt
- Views of Atlantic City skyline from the updated rooms
- Work up a sweat in the fitness center.
Atlantic City, New Jersey: Casinos and Carnival Rides Lining Historical Beachside Boardwalk
No trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stroll along its signature boardwalk, which stretches for 6 miles along New Jersey's eastern coast. Originally built in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies, the boardwalk grew in popularity as a place where you could drink and gamble during Prohibition without much trouble from the police, as depicted in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The boardwalk is still popular for its casinos, but it's family-friendly, too; visitors are just as inclined to sit at the beach or stop at one of the many carnival rides.
On the boardwalk, it's worth it to check out the Absecon Lighthouse, which is more than 150 years old. It's possible to climb its 228 steps to the top, which features sweeping views of the city skyline and the sea. Down at the base, you'll find a replica of the original light keeper's lonely cloister and the collection of sock puppets he created to keep him company.
Proving further that Atlantic City isn't all nightclubs, boardwalk, and casinos is Gardner's Basin, a maritime village along the bay. Here, a community of artisans uses seashells and driftwood to hand-make items such as wind chimes and picture frames. However, the Basin's biggest claim to fame is the 25,000-gallon Atlantic City Aquarium swimming with turtles and rays.