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Atlantic City, New Jersey, is known as America's playground and if you have had the good fortune to visit, you know why. Most people associate Atlantic City with two things: casino gambling and the Miss America Pageant. However, if you are not a gambler, there is still much to do in Atlantic City.

This resort island lies on the southern coast of New Jersey and is the first of the Atlantic Ocean islands comprising "the Jersey shore", and if you've ever played the game of "Monopoly", then you're already familiar with the famous streets of the City!

Its beaches are free, clean and packed with families during the summer months, but if you are not a sunbather, then take a walk on the boardwalk, which is home to the famous "Steel Pier" which still offers many amusement rides, or visit the many eateries and gift shops along the boardwalk. If your feet start aching, take a ride on the wicker rolling chairs available anywhere along the boardwalk.

Gambling in Atlantic City was legalized in 1977 and since then many resorts and casinos have sprung up along Atlantic City's boardwalk. The numerous casinos offer fine dining, elegant suites and big name entertainers and stage shows equal to Las Vegas, only Las Vegas doesn't offer the ocean view and salt air of Atlantic City.

The Miss America Pageant has been held in Atlantic City since its inception, but has moved from the old Convention Center located on the boardwalk to the new Atlantic City Convention Center, which is the largest exhibition/convention center between Boston and Washington.

If boating is your thing, Atlantic City has some of the most beautiful harbors and marinas on the South Jersey Shore. You can charter your own boat or choose to join an excursion tour, either to fish, crab, or simply to observe the dolphins and whales swimming the ocean.

The Sand Castle Stadium is a recent addition to Atlantic City and is the home of their minor league baseball team, the A.C. Surf. This is a fun and inexpensive night out for the entire family.

Atlantic City is accessible by any form of transportation. If you're driving, it's approximately an hour's drive from Philadelphia, taking the Atlantic City Expressway. Atlantic City also has its own airport with service to all the casinos. Since it is located along the Northeast corridor, it's also accessible by train. Once you're on the island, there are "jitney" buses that travel to all the casinos, so it isn't necessary to rent a car.

No matter how you arrive, once you get there, you'll never want to leave "America's Playground!"