Welcome to our Atlantic City meeting planning guide – a city guide for Atlantic City meeting planning. Atlantic City is a small city with a big soul, attracting groups from the major metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, DC to numerous Atlantic City event venues. A famed, historic seaside resort destination that reinvented itself by resurrecting the gaming industry on the East Coast, Atlantic City offers meeting planners the convenience of 12 world-famous resort casinos and places numerous hotels at their fingertips. From Sunday through Thursday, the city is a value destination. Most of the city's major attractions, dining, hotels and convention areas can be found along the historic Boardwalk, allowing guests to enjoy the sites and sounds of Atlantic City while taking in spectacular ocean views.
Less than a five-hour drive of roughly one-third of the U.S. population, Atlantic City is easily accessible by car or coach bus via the Atlantic City Expressway; air travel is available through Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) or Atlantic City International Airport. Direct train service from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station and New York’s Penn Station is also available.
The largest of Atlantic City convention venues is the Atlantic City Convention Center; opened in 1997, it is still one of the largest convention centers on the east coast with nearly 500,000 contiguous square feet of space. Located right on the waterfront, the convention center has won numerous awards, including the prestigious "Award of Excellence in Architectural Design" from the Pennsylvania Society of Architects for its incorporation of Atlantic City's seaside location and regional decor into the design. The center features 45 third- and fourth-level meeting and conference rooms surrounding a sunny 90-foot-high sky-lit atrium lobby. The Atrium features a concierge desk and sculptures by Jonathan Borofsky and Thomas Van Dyke representing the region's diverse sea life. Five spacious exhibit halls on the second level range from 29,400 to 199,500 square feet, and a versatile 32,000-square-foot pre-function space can be utilized for registration, dining or retail needs. Group facilities include a 70,000-square-foot event center featuring unobstructed views with a general session area for up to 5,500 attendees including a 30,000-square-foot-columnless ballroom and a 15,000-square-foot amphitheater; a 30,000-square-foot meeting center with 20 meeting and boardrooms featuring a conference registration facility and a complete integrated business center; 60,000 square feet of indoor hospitality space including high-rise suites, VIP salons, pre-function areas, private reception areas, and dining venues; and 90,000 square feet of outdoor hospitality space including a private beach, outdoor lobby garden and cabana area.
The latest meeting venue in Atlantic City is the $2.4-billion Revel resort, which features 1,898 rooms, each with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, over 100 suites, 55,000 square feet of retail shops, 14 restaurants, three nightclubs, one dayclub, a 31,000-square-foot spa, two theaters (one with 5,500 seats and another with 700 seats); 10 pools, a 150,000-square-foot casino, and 160,000 square feet of meeting, convention, and event space.
Groups will find that hotel venues in Atlantic City in general are among the modern and opulent on the east coast. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, a Las Vegas-inspired destination resort, has 2,022 guest rooms, 70,000 square feet of meeting space, 12 gourmet restaurants, and a 53,000 square foot spa, plans were being made for an expansion. Nearby, its sister property The Water Club is a $400-million tower with 800 guest rooms and suites, a two-story, 36,000-square-foot spa in the sky; and 18,000 square feet of meeting space.
Most of the city's major attractions, dining, hotels and convention areas can be found along the historic Boardwalk, allowing guests to enjoy the sights and sounds of Atlantic City while taking in spectacular ocean views. Visitors may particularly enjoy dining at the Continental Restaurant, which overlooks the Atlantic and can seat up to 30 guests in its Fire Pit room or 38 guests in its private Vegas-style room. Other popular attractions along the boardwalk include Atlantic City Historical Museum, the Atlantic City Art Museum, Ripley's Believe it or Not!, the New Jersey Korean War Memorial, the Central Pier Arcade & Speedway and Steel Pier. Though many of these locations are within walking distance of each other, the famous Atlantic City Jitneys are available for easy transportation 24/7 along the strip.
Accommodation and food service is the area's largest industry, generating approximately $4.5 billion per year in revenue and employing roughly 48,000 people. With hospitality as one of the city's main economic staples, visitors can rest assured that any trip to Atlantic City will be an unforgettable experience.
Located on Absecon Island, Atlantic City's prime seaside location and white sandy beaches have been enticing visitors for over 150 years, beginning with the construction of the first boardwalk in 1870. At one time extending seven miles, the boardwalk opened as a way to keep sand from the beach out of the growing number of hotels and train-cars. By the turn of the 20th century, the attractions springing up along the boardwalk transformed Atlantic City into a major East Coast tourist destination, with grand hotels such as the Traymore and Malborough-eim, amusement parks at Ocean Pier, and trademark saltwater taffy, which was "discovered" in 1883 when storm waters flooded a boardwalk candy shop. Beachgoers, including many prominent Philadelphians, flocked in from the nearby cities to relax in this extravagant resort town.
Today, the inspiration for the board game Monopoly is a thriving city of nearly 40,000 residents. Visitors can find 12 famous casinos along the strip, such as Bally's Atlantic City and the Tropicana Casino and Resort. Not just for gamers, the casinos are home to numerous entertainment options, fine dining, retail centers and spas. Enjoy a show at ACH Casino Resort, which has hosted the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Trisha Yearwood and comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Sip a chilly cocktail served in glasses made of solid ice at 32 degrees bar at the Tropicana, or take a dip at the Pool at Harrah's Casino, a glass-enclosed structure housing a pool, hot tubs, cabanas and a bar, offering guests a tropical paradise no matter what time of year.
Guests can find plenty of activities off of the gaming floors as well. Visit the historic Absecon Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey, for spectacular views of the coastline. Stroll the Boardwalk for a bargain at the Atlantic City Outlets or a splurge at the high-end Pier Shops at Caesars. Take in all the sights on a guided sightseeing trolley tour, stopping in both the historic town of Smithville and Cape May. Or simply soak up the sun at the city's beaches, often just a short walk outside your door. At less than 20 square miles in size, Atlantic City has all the action of a major resort city coupled with small town coastal charm that people have been falling in love with for decades.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Atlantic City enjoys a moderate mid-Atlantic coastal climate, averaging a pleasant 80°F in the summer. During the peak tourist season from June to September, Atlantic City boasts beautiful beach weather that is not as hot and humid as coastal locations further south. Temperatures in the winter months average in the 30s.
Atlantic City receives an average of 38.4 inches of precipitation per year, with the driest and wettest months, June and August respectively, both falling in the summer season. September is one of the best months to visit the Jersey Shore, with its warm temperatures, warm water and minimal tourists.
Atlantic City Convention Center
Opened in 1997, this Atlantic City meeting facility is one of the largest convention centers on the east coast with nearly 500,000 contiguous square feet of space. To this date it is the largest and most expensive public project in Atlantic City's history, costing $268 million dollars to complete. Located right on the waterfront, the convention center has won numerous awards, including the prestigious "Award of Excellence in Architectural Design" from the Pennsylvania Society of Architects for its incorporation of Atlantic City's seaside location and regional decor into the design.
As the largest of all Atlantic City meeting facilities, the center features 45 third- and fourth-level meeting and conference rooms surrounding a sunny 90-foot-high sky-lit atrium lobby. The Atrium features a concierge desk and sculptures by Jonathan Borofsky and Thomas Van Dyke representing the region's diverse sea life. Five spacious exhibit halls on the second level range from 29,400 to 199,500 square feet, and a versatile 32,000-square-foot pre-function space can be utilized for registration, dining or retail needs.
The state-of-the-art convention center has an integrated communications network throughout the building that offers superior service in voice, data and video communication; an on-site audio-visual service provided by Verizon's Enterprise Solutions Group; a UPS business center on the first floor; and on-site catering provided by Ovations. The Atlantic City rail terminal connects the convention center with the Philadelphia train and New York’s Penn Station, and for car travelers, the center has 1,400 indoor parking spaces.
Committed to keeping its surrounding beaches beautiful, the Atlantic City Convention Center is striving to "go green" by supporting extensive recycling programs and working with tradeshow organizers to contribute excess show materials to community revitalization efforts. In 2009, the center unveiled a 2.36-megawatt rooftop solar power system of over 13,000 solar panels. As the largest single roof-mounted solar array in the country, this project is expected to avoid the release of over 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the next 20 years. In the future, the Atlantic City Convention Center hopes to explore more alternative energy including the installation of a wind turbine on-site.
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Atlantic City Airport (ACY)
Approximate taxi fare: $32 USD
Located 12 miles from downtown, Atlantic City Airport is the primary airport serving the southern Jersey Shore, an area traditionally dominated by motor vehicle travel. Travelers to and from the airport can enjoy the terminal's art exhibition program known as Artport. Developed in collaboration with longtime New Jersey resident and photographer Donna Connor, the project aims to showcase some of New Jersey's best artists. Artport features between one and four different artists per month.
Atlantic City Airport is served by Spirit Airlines; however, private and charter airlines also service the airport. Additional flight options are available on most major airlines via the Philadelphia International Airport, located one hour away.
Airline carriers serving the Atlantic City Airport
Rail service to Atlantic City is provided by New Jersey Transit on their Atlantic City line, which provides service between the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and Atlantic City's rail terminal, conveniently located at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Train service from Philadelphia runs every hour to hour and a half and costs $8 for a one-way adult pass. The ride to the seaside is about 90 minutes in duration.
New Jersey Transit operates a bus network throughout New Jersey and into New York and Philadelphia, including stops at Manhattan, Newark, Trenton, Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Stops within Atlantic City include the Trump Marina Casino, Harrah's Resort and Brigantine Beach. Schedules and fares vary based on route.
The famous Jitneys have been a favored mode of transport for Atlantic City patrons for over 90 years. Jitneys, small shared buses or taxis on a preset route, run on four color-coded lines to points along Pacific Avenue, one block parallel to the Boardwalk, Casino Strip and the Marina area. The Orange Route, which provides service to and from the convention center and train station, runs from 7 AM to 7 PM. All other Jitney lines run 24 hours a day. Fare is $1.50. The Jitney service, in partnership with NJ Transit, provides free shuttles from the train station to all Atlantic City Casinos.
Budget, Avis and Hertz all service the Atlantic City Airport. Rental car counters are located in the airport terminal outside the baggage claim area.
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