Getting Around Atlantic City, New Jersey
Located on Absecon Island off the state's east coast, Atlantic City is easily accessible by air and thoroughfare. Atlantic City International Airport is a mere 20 minute drive away via the Atlantic City Expressway and the New Jersey Transit provides rail service immediately adjacent to the Atlantic City Convention Center. The jitney, a 13-seat mini-bus that is a favorite local form of transportation, moves the entire length of Pacific Avenue, parallel to the world-famous Boardwalk, the Marina District and the Convention Center.
Most students living in Atlantic City are under the jurisdiction of the Atlantic City School District. The district is comprised of one preschool (Brighton Avenue School); eight elementary schools (Chelsea Heights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., New Jersey Avenue, New York Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Sovereign Avenue, Texas Avenue, and Uptown School Complex); one high school (Atlantic City); and Venice Park School and Viking Academy. Parochial and private schools are also available in Atlantic City, with the most notable one being Out Lady Star of the Sea Regional School.
Area colleges include the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Atlantic Cape Community College.
Of course, a trip to Atlantic City wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Boardwalk and the many casinos that line it. There are currently 11 casinos that line the Boardwalk: The Borgata, Atlantic City Hilton, Bally's Atlantic City, Resorts Atlantic City, Tropicana, Caesar's Atlantic City, Harrah's Atlantic City, Showboat, Trump Marina, Trump Taj Mahal, and Trump Plaza. Plans to add more casino hotels to Atlantic City are still in the works.
In addition to the magnificent casinos along the famous Boardwalk, there are also numerous exciting historical and cultural destinations to visit. History buffs will enjoy the Atlantic City Historical Museum, the Civil Rights Garden on Martin Luther King Boulevard, and Chicken Bone Beach, a national symbol of unity that originated from segregation. Children and adults alike should experience the PassPort Voyage of Discovery, beginning with The Walk in Atlantic City to the “Pathway to Freedom” in the Time Elevator, and finally a journey in the Oceanarium.
The newly renovated Dante Hall Theater of the Arts presents a wide variety of theatrical performances. The Stockton Performing Arts Center features Broadway-type musicals, children's theater, classical ballet and more. Sports fans can root for the Atlantic City Diablos soccer team, which plays at St. Augustine Prep School.
Brief History of Atlantic City
The original inhabitants of Absecon Island were the Lenni-Lenape natives. They would frequently travel over the five-mile Old Indian Trail from the mainland to the island to spend the summer months. There they would live on the bounty of the ocean and the bay.
The first recorded owner of Absecon Island was Thomas Budd, an Englishman who arrived in Atlantic County in the late 1670s. However, the first official residents were Jeremiah Leeds and his family, who built the first permanent structure on the island in 1785. The Leeds family home and farm was called Leeds Plantation and they raised cattle and grew corn and rye. Tourists began to visit the island after Dr. Jonathan Pitney and Richard Osborne brought the Camden-Atlantic City Railroad to town in 1854. Atlantic City was also fast becoming a bustling seaport. Today, the Atlantic City Lighthouse is a historical landmark and favored tourist destination.
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