Famous in more recent times for the hugely successful TV show Boardwalk Empire, Atlantic City is alternatively known as the Las Vegas of the East Coast, and throws a New Years Eve party to reflect this. The hotels and casinos promote a range of special offers to attract visitors during the NYE season, and 2016 will be no exception with parties, balls and a range of midnight countdown events leading up to the huge fireworks display over the Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic City took a heck of a battering by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012 but has invested a lot of time and money in restoring itself to somewhere near it's former glory so looks a decent option for some good deals from NYE this year. It's certainly on my bucket list, I like the idea of Las Vegas by the sea, although probably wouldn't be dipping more than my toes in the Atlantic at this time of year!
The city has been struggling throughout the year with some of the bigger and even newer casinos being forced to close down, so they could really do with a busy and profitable festive season and new year period to help keep the place going as a viable east coast alternative to Vegas.
To watch the midnight fireworks, most people head to the iconic Boardwalk, which runs along the beach for four miles to the city limit, where an additional one and a half miles extends on into Ventnor City. It is mainly casinos and hotels along the boardwalk, but there is also a decent range of shops, restaurants, and amusement arcades. Top attractions worth a visit include the Boardwalk Hall, House of Blues, and the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum.
The big fireworks show this year is again provided by Fireworks by Grucci and will be a free 10 minutes pyrotechnic display over the boardwalk.
There are usually big parties at the HQ Nightclub and The Pool at Harrah's. Among the other popular venues usually to be found hosting special new year's eve nights in AC are Ovation Hall at Revel, Mixx, Trump Taj Mahal, Borgata Music Box, the Chelsea Hotel, Tropicana Casino and Bader Field - see the full list of events for new year 2016 at all the most popular Jersey Shore venues here.
For fans of comedy there is a huge coup for AC this new year, with the legendary Kevin Hart performing live at the Boardwalk Hall. This event is sure to sell out very quickly, so get your tickets fast.
Atlantic City is also going to see an unlikely world record attempt this new year eve, with the Playground Pier at Caesars having a bash at breaking the Guinness World Record for champagne cork popping! This is part of a huge Uncorked NYE party that also includes an open bar, karaoke, 20s style speakeasy and a 40 foot LED screen showing the ball drop live from Times Square!
If you don't mind travelling a little firther afield while still spending new year son the New Jersey shore then there will this year be a First Night event just up the coast at Ocean City, more details are available here.
For your new year dining options, then Atlantic City has the expected eclectic selection to choose from. Among the most popular selections are the Hard Rock Cafe, Dock's Oyster House, McCormick & Schmick's and Bobby Flay Steak. The veggies among us should be looking to head for Punjab Palace or The Veggie Grille. See the full range of eateries online here.
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There is no shortage of places to stay in Atlantic City on new years eve, and most of the hotels will put on parties and special events to draw you in. Among the most popular and vibrant places to stay are:
Tropicana Casino & Quarter
Golden Nugget Casino Resorts Atlantic City
Harrah's Atlantic City
Waterclub at the Borgata
Atlantic Club Casino
Ballys Atlantic City Casino, Boardwalk Central.
For hotel availability and reservations check out local hotels here.
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