- Atlantic County is home to America's first boardwalk, built in 1870 in Atlantic City. National Geographic Traveler recently ranked it as best in the nation. 1
- Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway and Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township earned high ratings in America’s 100 Best Modern Courses by Golf Week Magazine. 2
- Atlantic City #2 Best Boardwalk food in the USA. 3
- Atlantic City is the “Salt Water Taffy Capital of the World” because in 1880 David Bradley coined the term for his salty taffy in the destination beach resort. 4
- Atlantic City Boardwalk was ranked #1 for beachside paths and boardwalks for bicycle riding. 5
- Atlantic City area golf courses claimed seven of the top 10 courses in New Jersey. 6
- Atlantic City #3 for best cities in the world to host a marquee boxing event. 7
- Borgata Casino claims loosest slots in Atlantic City and Pennsylvania gaming markets.
- Atlantic City International Airport continues to have the lowest average domestic airfare among the nation’s top 100 airports five years in a row. 8
- NJ tourism demand increased by 2.9% in 2016. 9
- Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield has been ranked 10th in the Top 25 Casino Golf Courses, 41st in the top 50 Resort Courses and No. 1 in the ratings of News Jersey’s Top Courses You Can Play. 10
- Twisted Dune Golf Club and Ballamor Golf Club both in Egg Harbor Township ranked No. 3 and No. 7 respectively in New Jersey’s Top 10 courses by Golf Week Magazine. 11
- Atlantic County is home to the country’s second oldest continually operating winery, Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City, established in the 1860s.
- The term "birdie" was coined at the Atlantic City Country Club in 1903.
Recreation and Tourism
World class dining and entertainment, spectacular golf courses and sporting events in addition to a variety of community festivals and activities provide lots of ways to relax, enjoy and play.
Try your luck at one or more of Atlantic City’s exciting casinos. Enjoy world-class entertainment, dining and shopping, or hit the beach and stroll the original Boardwalk and enjoy some of the thrill rides on the famous Steel Pier.
Sports enthusiasts can choose from boat shows and indoor auto racing, to NHL minor-league games, world class triathlons, professional volleyball matches and boxing among many more events.
Atlantic County is home to 19 championship courses for all levels of players. The annual $1.5 million LPGA tournament attracts the world’s top women golfers. In addition, Golf publications consistently rate many Atlantic County courses among the best in the state and the country. Visit www.playacgolf.com for more information.
Arts and Culture
Arts and culture abound with a selection of museums, theatres and wineries in addition to outdoor concerts and community festivals. Click here for more on Arts and Culture in Atlantic County.
Atlantic County is home to a vibrant dining and bar scene with culinary delights stemming from down-home diners to five-star restaurants featuring Iron Chefs.
Each summer residents and visitors are treated to the Atlantic City Airshow "Thunder Over The Boardwalk," one of the most popular events in Atlantic City, and one of the very best air shows in the country, with its heart-stopping feats, aerobatics maneuvers, formation flying and solo routines by military and civilian pilots.
Clean ocean waters, back bays and scenic rivers bring opportunities to swim, boat, jet ski, fish, bird watch, canoe, kayak, water ski, and more.
Bicyclists can ride the Shore Tour through Atlantic County starting in Somers Point. The tour takes you past the historic Somers Mansion and on the 7.56 mile Atlantic County Bikeway part of the Atlantic County Park System.
The Atlantic County Park System offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure pursuits throughout its 17 parks. Some highlights include site-seeing at historic sites, boating and kayaking on lakes and streams, camping, biking, birding and more. Park programs include large group events, crafts, environmental education, and children's programs.
Established in 1984 the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 40,000 acres of southern New Jersey Coastal Habitats and tidal wetlands. 6,000 acres of the refuge are designated as a wilderness area. Primary access to this refuge is by automobile and bicycle. Visitors may drive the eight-mile (13 km) Wildlife Drive over dams guided by a brochure which points out the various features. Foot travelers can walk one of four trails which range from 1/4 mile (0.4 km) to 4 miles (6.4 km) in length. Visitors may also take a 2-hour natural history tour aboard the new Forsythe Explorer, a 12-passenger solar electric tram, operating year round . A volunteer master guide and naturalist leads the tours and speaks of the area’s history as visitors learn and observe birds and other creatures at the refuge. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (609) 652-1665. A $10 per person donation to the Friends of Forsythe is suggested to help maintain the vehicle.
Atlantic County Wineries
The production of wine in New Jersey has increased significantly in the last thirty years with the opening of many new wineries. New Jersey wines are now earning recognition for their quality from critics, industry leaders, and in national and international competitions.
As of 2013, New Jersey currently has 46 licensed and operating wineries with several more prospective wineries in various stages of development. New Jersey wineries are growing French hybrid wine grapes, and producing or offering for sale over forty types of wines. In 2010, 1.72 million gallons (approximately 716,000 cases) of wine were produced by New Jersey wineries; making it the seventh largest wine-producing state in the United States. A considerable portion of New Jersey wine sales are non-grape fruit wine, particularly apple, blueberry, raspberry, and cranberry wines. These fruits are can be purchased from many nearby farms throughout the Garden State. New Jersey’s 46 wineries generate between $30-$40 million of revenue annually.
Atlantic County is home to several quality wineries. Click here to locate our local winery trail.
Atlantic County Craft Breweries & Distilleries
Craft beer in the US is a $22.3 billion industry registering 12.8% growth in sales in 2015.
Craft beer and liquor sales in New Jersey have seen rapid growth since 2012 legislation was enacted that eased restrictions on production quantities while also allowing greater freedom for retail sales within the breweries themselves. As of 2015 New Jersey craft breweries brewed 80,000 barrels of beer with an economic impact of $1.2 billion up from 32,000 barrels in 2010.
Atlantic County is home to five craft breweries and two specialty distilleries.
Click here to locate our local brewery and distillery trail.