By Madison Bara, Section Editor
At first glance, the small city is unimpressive with its run-down stores and large condominiums that envelope the surrounding streets in darkness.
However, upon further inspection, visitors will find that within this desolate exterior hides the entrance to New Jersey’s party paradise, known as the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Spanning over four miles, this almost 150-year-old boardwalk is one of the longest in the world.
To many, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is known as Jersey’s version of Las Vegas, as countless casinos, bars, and music venues occupy the space.
In fact, upon entering the boardwalk, visitors will witness the Wild Wild West Bar and Casino.
Here, visitors can choose between multiple different gambling options, including slot machines, arcade games, and a poker room.
As for the decor, the interior of the building is reminiscent of a stereotypical midwestern town, often depicted in television series such as “Gunsmoke or Maverick;”it also consists of a 12-foot water feature that allows guests to throw in coins to make wishes.
For more family fun, turn toward the right to experience the picturesque view of the white sandy beach that flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
During the summer months, people of all ages gather to enjoy the warm water and scenic views of New Jersey’s southernmost beach.
With activities such as boogie boarding, kayaking, and windsurfing, this place offers many opportunities to have some wholesome family time.
However, watch out for the seagulls, as they will viciously steal any food brought onto the beach.
If you get hungry, Atlantic City has many five-star restaurants that line the boardwalk.
For a more family-oriented atmosphere, stop at the Rainforest Cafe to experience the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest.
As you eat, elephant, gorilla, and snake animatronics will consistently pop out to make you feel like you are eating in the Amazon.
In fact, every 30 minutes, the restaurant uses strobe lights and stereo speakers to mimic a thunderstorm.
On your way out, be sure to stop at the gift shop to bring home some memorabilia.
For the more affluent guests, the newly opened Gordon Ramsey’s Pub and Grill offers them a gourmet dining experience.
The menu has a mixture of different cultural dishes, including beef wellington, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie, as well as a handful of specially crafted cocktails.
The interior decor of the five-star restaurant is reminiscent of a Roman palace as it includes marble columns, chandeliers, and a statue of Caesar.
The average cost to dine here ranges from $20-300, making this a place directed towards the more prosperous visitors.
Further up the boardwalk lays a place known as Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Here, people from all over the world come to experience some one of a kind oddities that make them question the truth.
The entrance portrays a large globe falling off the exterior of the building that is seemingly pulling the walls down to land on top of the guests.
Upon entering the oddity museum, exhibits such as the tomb of the pharaohs and the world of illusions transfix visitors to explore the unnatural.
Some of the exhibits have interactive displays to occupy the children, so it’s a great place to have fun with the whole family.
At the end of the boardwalk, visitors will stumble upon Atlantic City’s most popular casino known as the Hard Rock.
Formerly the Trump Taj Mahal, this 17-acre space holds over 1,000 lavish rooms, 16 restaurants, and 122,771 square feet of gaming space.
The doors of the hotel open to a large entryway that has a magnificent 13-foot guitar hanging from the ceiling.
On the lower level lay the casino with over 2,000 slot machines and 147 tables.
Visitors should look around as the music-inspired place holds memorabilia of famous singers and songwriters, including Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley.
In fact, a display hidden behind the elevators showcases Presley’s Rolls Royce, as well as Prince’s guitar.
The upper levels of the hotel have many luxurious shops that include jewelry, Hard Rock merch, and replicas of rock icons.
As for family fun, this place will allow children into the hotel; however, I advise leaving the kids at home as the Hard Rock is an adult paradise.
At night, Atlantic City comes to life with hundreds of neon lights.
It is a beautiful sight to witness all the intricate details of each casino as they are lit up in different colors.
Make sure to bring a camera, as you will want to capture these breathtaking moments.
Although this almost 150-year-old boardwalk has decreased in popularity in the last few years, it is still as impressive as it ever was.
To get the full luxurious experience of being on the most infamous boardwalk in the world, visit Atlantic City.
I guarantee it will be a vacation you will never forget.