Yes, many consider Atlantic City to be the Las Vegas of the East Coast. But instead of sandy desert, you’ll be greeted by sandy beaches, the Atlantic Ocean’s lovely coastal scenery, and one of the best boardwalks to be found anywhere. I'm not a gambler, and I love spending time here. Steel Pier (Boardwalk near the Taj Mahal), with its vintage carousel and dozens of amusement rides, was first opened in 1898 and has a long and colorful history. Garden Pier (Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue), also over 100 years old, is home to the Atlantic City Historical Museum.
“AC” is easily do-able as a day trip from Philadelphia via the Atlantic City rail line, which departs from Philly’s 30th Street Station and takes about 90 minutes. The train fare is only $10 each way. For those with more time who like to explore, it’s possible to walk from the train station to the Boardwalk. But you can also take the jitney (minibus) for $2.25 (bring exact change). The jitneys operate 24/7, 365 days a year.
Besides Steel Pier, highlights include fantastic shopping at the Tanger outlet stores, restaurants/bars along the Boardwalk, and the Playground (formerly the Pier Shops at Caesars). Be sure not to miss the outside deck/pier for panoramic views and the best spot to view the sunset.