Casinos are often the first thing that come to mind when people think of Atlantic City, NJ., and for good reason. Between Bally’s, the Borgata, Caesar’s, and others, there is never a shortage of table games and slots, as well as great restaurants and shows. But outside the casino doors there is a whole other part of Atlantic City that cannot be ignored.

The Boardwalk

You can run, walk, or even ride your bike on this 4-mile long boardwalk that stretches past casinos, beachfront homes, and storefronts. Grab a bite to eat, go shopping, or stop at the arcade, all within earshot of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Beach

Whether it’s summer time or the dead of winter, the Atlantic City beach offers something for every time of year. Bring a chair and sit back and relax or play in the water, protected by lifeguards. Play some beach games or go for a walk. The stretch of beach along Atlantic City is a great escape.

The Outlets

Opened in 2003, “Tanger Outlets The Walk”, is an outdoor outlet mall with over 100 stores within walking distance of the Boardwalk. All your fashion, shoe, jewelry and athletic wear needs are just a few blocks away.

Lucy the Elephant

Although not technically in Atlantic City (it’s in Margate, a couple miles south on Atlantic Ave.), Lucy the Elephant has been attracting people from all over the world since 1881. Standing at 65 feet high and weighing 90 tons, Lucy is a wood and tin elephant who has seen her fair share of use and is on the “U.S. National Register of Historic Places”. From being a restaurant, a tavern, an office, and even a hotel, Lucy has become a staple of the Jersey Shore and a point of pride for the town of Margate.

Visitors to Lucy can tour the grounds for free or take a guided tour into the elephant structure for a small fee.

Absecon Lighthouse

Also on the “U.S. National Register of Historic Places”, the Absecon Lighthouse, located at the north of Atlantic City, over the Absecon Inlet, is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey. Originally built in 1857, the lighthouse has been inactive since the 1930s but is still open to the public. For a small donation, visitors can go up to get a great view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm

Although going to a wastewater treatment facility may not seem like the ideal getaway destination, the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm in Atlantic City is a must. Home to five, 380-foot turbines, which produce enough power for 2,500 homes, this facility plays an important role in everyday life in Atlantic City. The free Atlantic County Utilities Authority tour (only during the summer) will give you an overview of the renewable energy process and a better insight into everyday life at the wind farm.