The home of the original board game, Monopoly, today’s Atlantic City is much more than Mediterranean and Baltic Avenues; it is a must see city of excitement and non-stop fun. Swimming from its beach and walking the Boardwalk are free, a rarity on the Jersey Shore, and there are numerous premium shopping centers that everyone can enjoy while soaking up the New Jersey sunshine.
For adult evening fun, Atlantic City boasts a healthy nightlife scene complete with clubs and casinos to quench your gaming thirst. Atlantic City offers a wide variety of local eateries that cater to any type of nationality. No matter what form of entertainment you are looking for, Atlantic City will have something for everyone to enjoy.
Atlantic City’s unique Jitneymini-buses stop at all hotels and attractions and taxis are plentiful. The city’s famous wicker rolling chairs provide service up and down the Boardwalk. There are also has many free events and museums away from the beach to enjoy all year round. Other venues are $10 or less for admission. Find out more about events and package options at http://www.atlanticcitynj.com.
If your pace is geared more toward the peace of the natural world, Cape May seaside might be the ideal weekend getaway for you. The Cape May State Park boasts a beautiful lighthouse open for touring and getting a breathtaking view of the sea. There are various bed and breakfast inns to choose from in Cape May for your relaxing stay. For more information on Cape May, please visit http://www.capemay.com.
The United States Coast Guard Training Center is located in Cape May and is the nation’s only Coast Guard Recruit Training Center. Since Sept. 11, 2001, our country and the training center were forced to reevaluate and adjust security in light of potential terrorist threats. Therefore, the training center is no longer open for walk-ins and individual tours.
Special groups can request a tour of the training center with ten business days’ notice through the public affairs office. Scout groups can schedule campouts. Sunset Parades are colorful, inspiring military ceremonies that feature the Recruit Band, Drill Team, marching troops, cannon fire and a low level fly over by a Coast Guard helicopter. The parades take place at sunset on the training center’s parade grounds, are open to the general public and there is no admission charge. Children are welcome to attend, but should be accompanied by an adult. Call (609) 898-6922 for more information on tours, campouts and parade schedules. Or visit http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay .
Easily accessible from New Jersey by ferry, bridge, train, bus or car (but parking is dear), the city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. It is the most densely populated major city in the United States, with an estimated 8,274,527 people occupying roughly 305 square miles. New York City is famous around the world as a center for arts, business, fashion and as a much sought after tourist attraction in itself.
Ride the subways and hear New Yorkers chat away in one of the nearly 170 languages spoken in the city. Often called “The City That Never Sleeps,” other nicknames include Gotham and the Big Apple. Along with major museums, parks, Wall Street and the United Nations headquarters’ location in Manhattan, this huge range of activities and institutions emphasize New York’s global influence. New York City is host to many cultures and is a melting pot of people and ideas. Consider a ferry trip from New Jersey to Ellis Island. It was America’s main immigration port and the building has been restored as a museum. Over 40 percent of America’s population can trace their ancestry back to Ellis Island. Ellis Island and Liberty Island together make up the Statue of Liberty National Monument, a tribute to our unique freedom and democracy. For more information on this historic monument, please call (212) 363-3200. The city is famous for its plays, nightlife, fine dining, historical sites, music and sports. For more information on New York City, please visit http://www.nycgo.com.
In 1681, Charles II of England granted William Penn and his group of Quakers a charter for what would eventually form the basis of the Pennsylvania colony. Even though he had been given the land by Charles II, Penn also purchased land from the local natives to be on good terms with them and ensure a peaceful coexistence with his colony. Penn named the city Philadelphia, which is Greek for brotherly love.
Philadelphia is served by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which operates buses, trains, rapid transit, trolleys and trackless trolleys throughout Philadelphia, the four Pennsylvania suburban counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery, in addition to service to Mercer County, New Jersey. The PATCO Speed Line provides rapid transit service to the Jersey towns of Camden, Collingswood, Westmont, Haddonfield, Woodcrest (Cherry Hill), Ashland (Voorhees) and Lindenwold.
The Philadelphia Zoo celebrated 150 years of family fun and learning in 2009. The zoo contains many exhibits, animals and shows that let visitors see these majestic animals in a safe and secure environment. For more information, please visit http://www.philadelphiazoo.org. Visitors to the city will be impressed with the fine dining, historical sites, music, sports and local nightlife. For more information on Philadelphia, please visit http://www.visitphilly.com. A good first stop on your Philadelphia exploration journey is to visit the non-profit Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (PCVB) Tourist Center at 16th and Kennedy (or visit online at http://www.philadelphiausa.travel ) for free maps and brochures.