Hotel at a Glance: Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
Situated just north of the Atlantic City boardwalk overlooking the Absecon Inlet, Harrah's Resort Atlantic City is a sprawling hotel and entertainment complex where you can gamble, dine, attend a show, go for a swim, or party into the wee hours.
- Place your wager at the resort's casino, which features slots, video poker, race book, keno, and table games.
- Spend a night on the town without leaving the hotel. The Pool After Dark was voted Megaclub of the Year by Nightclub & Bar magazine in 2011 for its bottle service, private cabanas, and late-night gaming.
- Check out live entertainment at the onsite theater, where upcoming concerts include country crooner Josh Turner and guitarist Buddy Guy.
- Grab a bite at one of several onsite restaurants, which range from upscale steak house to low-key burger joint.
- Get pampered at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, where services include massages, facials, and body treatments.
- Take a dip in the massive indoor swimming pool, located beneath a glass dome and surrounded by palm trees.
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.