AC Beyond Casinos: Mansions, Lighthouse, Memorials, Heritage Sites and concerts at newest Casino

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

For people who have visited Atlantic City once or multiple times, visitors tend to focus on the casinos and the few miles of the Boardwalk from Ocean Resort Casino to Boardwalk Hall. Stop, look and see beyond the casinos for the unexpected. For a different view of AC, start first in the southern section of the Boardwalk.

Mansions along the Boardwalk

The Boardwalk's southern section from the Ventnor border reflects another time when Atlantic City was the major seaside resort on the entire East Coast. The neighborhood of Lower Chelsea reflects a more suburban feel, and many of the homes maintain their early 1900s architectural style.

World War I Memorial

In a busy traffic circle where Route 40 meets Atlantic Avenue is O'Donnell Memorial Park with a striking classical structure that honors World War 1 soldiers from Atlantic City. The rotunda houses a 9-foot bronze statue titled Liberty in Distress.

World War I Memorial

African American Heritage

One man’s passion for collecting has been turned into a museum with about 15,000 artifacts that tell stories of African Americans and their contribution to and impact on Atlantic City and the surrounding area. It's located in the Noyes Arts Garage on North Mississippi Avenue near the exit of the Atlantic City Expressway. About eight blocks north is the Civil Rights Garden that honors the long journey of black Americans to achieve freedom and equality.

(From the vantage point of the beachfront or boardwalk, this is a breezy overview of what you see, where to park and beach access, plus a bit or history and the latest happenings. See map below.)

Absecon Lighthouse

View from the top of the lighthouse

The tallest lighthouse on the Jersey Shore is the Absecon Lighthouse overlooking Absecon Inlet. Construction began in 1854, with the light first lit three years later. Climb the lighthouse for an amazing view of the northern end of Atlantic City and Brigantine. At this d