When to Visit Atlantic City

by SmarterTravel Staff

Atlantic City is quickly becoming a year-round vacation destination. Summer is the most popular time to visit because of warm weather, kids on vacation, and outdoor activities along the boardwalk.

Fall is a busy time for conventions. Fewer people visit in the winter when temperatures are cooler and there's a chance of snow. However, hotel rates drop during this time, except over the New Year's Eve holiday. Spring can be an ideal time for pleasant weather and smaller crowds.

  • high season: May to November
  • low season: December to February
  • shoulder season: March to April

Weather Information

Atlantic City is characterized by its four seasons. Summer is the warmest time with average high temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s. Fall brings pleasant weather, with average highs in the the 60s. Winter can get chilly, with highs in the 40s and a chance of snow. Spring is mild, with average high temperatures in the 50s.

Crowd Information

Atlantic City gets busy during summer, but many major events also attract crowds, including the Annual Atlantic City RV & Camping Show and the Celebration of the Suds Atlantic City Beer Festival in March, the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Festival Concerts on the Boardwalk in July and August, and the Atlantic City Airshow in August.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year.

When to Save

The least expensive time to visit is on weekdays during the winter, when hotels offer discounted rates. The most expensive time to visit is during the summer, when hotel rooms are scarce. Hotel, dining, and casino packages are available year-round.

Information provided by Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.

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