Hotel at a Glance: Fantasea Resorts at Atlantic Palace
With its prime spot on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Fantasea Resorts at Atlantic Palace puts you just a short walk from the area’s top attractions. Lounge on the beach and enjoy Steel Pier’s carnival rides by day, then try your luck at any of several casinos by night. When you’ve had your fill of the sandy shoreline and spinning roulette wheels, head back to the resort to rest in your suite. Flat panel TVs and kitchenettes add a little extra comfort to your stay.
- Studio suites feature kitchenettes and dining areas; each unit overlooks the boardwalk and the ocean or the city skyline.
- Take a dip in the sunlit outdoor pool. When the weather cools, you can relax in the indoor hot tub.
- Work up a sweat with the fitness center’s cardio equipment and circuit trainer, then recharge in the sauna.
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.