Atlantic City Easter Weekend 2023 will combine the excitement at casinos and the Boardwalk with best-dressed contests, special Sunday brunch buffets, springtime drinks, egg hunts and dancing.
Thousands flock to the Atlantic City Boardwalk for Easter Sunday weekend, which some say is an almost unofficial start to the 2023 tourism season for NJ casinos and other businesses. Visitors enjoy the resort casinos, hotels, free beaches and the more than 150-year-old historic Boardwalk.
And that makes Atlantic City a great place to visit this weekend. Atlantic City hosts 27 million visitors a year and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation. In September 2020, TripAdvisor named Atlantic City one of the top 10 travel destinations in the United States.
But Easter Sunday weekend is special, with contests and games for kids, and dining and hotel weekend packages for adults to enjoy a great getaway.
Atlantic City Easter weekend events
The iconic Steel Pier amusement pier in Atlantic City on the Boardwalk across from Hardrock hosts a Best Dressed Contest held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on April 9. The contest starts at 1:30 p.m. and registrants should arrive by 1 p.m. at the Waterside Pavilion on Steel Pier.
There’s also a Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 8. Tickets, which can be purchased online at steelpier.com, include free rides 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There’s plenty to do at Atlantic City casinos with family, friends, or even by yourself. We’ve compiled a list of some of the Easter weekend Atlantic City highlights below.
Special brunch and drink events highlight Easter weekend at most casinos.
Resorts Casino Hotel offers fine dining restaurant options for Easter Dinner on April 9 at Capriccio, featuring Veal Romero, Ravioli DiAragosta and Seafood Zuppetta from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doughtery’s Steakhouse & Raw Bar will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring choices of Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb, Pan Seared Salmon or Seared Scallops.
Resorts also plans to celebrate the Easter season with a pop-up on the casino floor called The Mad Bunny Bar which features Easter-themed drink specials and live entertainment. The décor includes psychedelic Easter eggs, carrots, a laboratory and, of course, mad bunnies. It’s open seven days a week through April 24.
Ocean Casino Resort offers Amanda’s Easter Brunch 10 a.m. Sunday April 9. The brunch display features sweet and savory foods, a carving station, spinach and chorizo benedict, and Paella Pollo accompanied by breathtaking views. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s buffet has options to match any appetite, and features spreads for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Borgata Buffet offers assorted pasta selections, comfort foods, fresh seafood, Asian cuisines, carving stations, and desserts. Brunch is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Showboat Hotel, located on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, springs into Easter with an all-you-can-eat Brunch Buffet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 and again Easter Sunday, April 9.
The brunch buffet will include seasonal and holiday specialties like sliced ham, pepper steak, bourbon chicken, and shrimp cocktail along with breakfast favorites like a waffle station, egg selections, and breakfast side dishes. A delectable dessert table also is offered and a drink package that includes bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and tap beer. Tickets are required.
Easter weekend nightlife and hotel options in AC
If you’ve had enough to eat and drink, put on your dancing shoes and take your Easter hippity hop down to Boogie Nights at Tropicana for an Easter Disco Extravaganza on Saturday April 8. DJ Gabor will play the best music of the 1970s and 1980s all night long and Mr. Boogie will be tossing prize-filled Easter eggs to the crowd.
Easter weekend also is a best-bet getaway for discounted rooms in Atlantic City casinos.
At Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, the hotel-casino offers room rate discounts for the Easter weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Dennis Tower.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City offers discounted rooms for Easter Weekend April 7 through 9 with king or two double beds. And Harrah’s Atlantic City is offering discounted rooms for the Easter Weekend in the Laguna Tower and Bayview Tower overlooking the water.
If you find out you enjoyed Easter weekend in Atlantic City, likely you want to come back.
Hardrock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City offers a Pastry Series with Chef Thaddeus, the Spring Edition at noon, April 15 at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood. Guests will view a demo of Teatime Petit Fours & Petit Fours. Tickets are required.
Want to work out or enjoy the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk? The Claridge Hotel offers recreational opportunities including a health club and bicycles to rent.