Yes, Atlantic City may be the Vegas of the East, but there is plenty to do in the New Jersey shore town outside of the casinos. Take a look at just of your AC adventure options, from shopping, to swimming, to parking it for a few rounds at the buffet! Atlantic City boomed in the early 1900s, when large hotels were built along the now iconic boardwalk, and had something of a golden age during Prohibition, when liquor laws were hardly enforced and mob-run bootlegging prevailed. (The city is the inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series Boardwalk Empire.) The lovely stretch of walkway now boats famed taffy shops, carnival rides, clothing and jewelry boutiques, and family-friendly fun.