Art Lovers Escape

Planning a visit to Atlantic City or the surrounding area? You don’t have to leave your appreciation for art at home. While best known for its flashy casinos and great free beaches, Atlantic City also offers an array of arts for every taste. The exquisite beauty of the southern New Jersey shore attracts artists from all disciplines. Plan your visit and see firsthand the quality work created by local painters, potters, glassblowers, woodworkers, weavers, metalsmiths and more.

Have breakfast at your hotel or stop by local favorite Gilchrist Restaurant & Marina. Famous for their blueberry pancakes and omelets served with a side of grits, Gilchrist is located at 461 North Maryland Avenue in Atlantic City.

Take a pleasant drive to 733 Lily Lake Road in nearby Oceanville, New Jersey, to spend the morning at the Noyes Museum of Art. The Museum boasts a serene lakeside setting and features work by signature artists as well as an ever-changing lineup of special exhibits, collections and events. The museum welcomes visitors for a small admission fee from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Thursday until 8 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Back in Atlantic City, no art lover’s visit is complete without a visit to the Atlantic City Art Center on Gardner’s Pier. It is the only exhibiting center in the nation located on a municipal pier extending into the Atlantic Ocean. Inside, visitors have the opportunity to view the work of noted national and regional artists against the one-of-a-kind backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Admission is free.

While a day of art appreciation has provided a feast for your eyes, Tony Boloney’s is always ready to provide a different form of nourishment. Tony Boloney's, located nearby the Art Center at 300 Oriental Avenue, is an Atlantic City original. The menu is an entertaining and engaging mix of pizzas, subs, salads, soups, wings and pasta bowls.

Once you’ve had your fill, we suggest a visit to Atlantic City’s Civil Rights Sculpture Garden, created in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. Located at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, this tranquil public sculpture garden showcases 11 granite columns, winding pathways, plants, flowers, Gingko trees and sculptures with inscriptions related to the history, events and people of the Civil Rights movement.
Appreciate Mother Nature’s works of art with a front row view of the sunset and ocean front dining at Atlantic Grill, inside Caesars Atlantic City. According to Atlantic Grill staff members, the pretzel crusted local flounder, diver sea scallops and 10 ounce filet mignon are among diner favorites.
Does it look like the perfect day for a day trip? Hit the Atlantic City Expressway west for the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. Located at 1501 Glasstown Road, in Millville, New Jersey, Wheaton Arts is just under an hour’s drive from Atlantic City.

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is a national cultural treasure. Located on 65 wooded acres, Wheaton Arts is home to the Museum of American Glass, the Creative Glass Center of America International Fellowship Program, the largest folklife center in the Garden State, a hot glass studio, several traditional craft studios, five museum stores, a 13,000 square foot event center and a beautiful pond-side picnic grove. You can easily spend a day and enjoy live glass blowing and artist demonstrations.
Back in Atlantic City, food is elevated to art at Amada or American Cut, two fine dining destinations located inside Atlantic City’s newest casino resort, Revel Casino Hotel. Many visitors think the building itself is a work of art.

Over in the Marina district, Borgata is home to a spectacular collection of glass works by Dale Chihuly, one of the world’s foremost glass artists, with works in over 200 museum collections worldwide. Chihuly is primarily known for moving blown glass into the realm of large-scale contemporary art glass sculptures. At Borgata, you can experience the art of fine dining at the Old Homestead Steakhouse, Izakaya, Bobby Flay Steak, Fornelletto or Wolfgang Puck American Grille.
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