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Published: August 2022

 

Your Guide To The Atlantic City Airshow 

Each year, the skies above Atlantic City are taken over by fleets of fighter jets, squadrons of airplanes, and flocks of military skydivers for one afternoon only. No, it’s not an invasion by enemy forces—it’s the historic Atlantic City Airshow. 

With a history of more than 100 years, the Atlantic City Airshow is one of the city’s most beloved annual events, attracting hundreds of thousands of guests each year. Once every summer, members of the United States Air Force dazzle and entertain spectators with their elevated antics.

If you’re planning on visiting Atlantic City for the airshow, you may want to consider viewing the magic from The Park here at Ocean Casino Resort. Come for the airshow and stay for a nightcap with cocktails by the fire from one of our award-winning on-site restaurants. You can also reserve The Park for a private event, party or reception. The Park is one of Atlantic City's finest and most flexible outdoor venues. 

 

Keep reading for more information on this popular, historic event and the best resort and casino hotel in Atlantic City to book for your visit. 

The History of the Atlantic City Airshow

The Atlantic City Airshow, called Thunder Over the Boardwalk, dates back to 1910 when the city was a major player in the still-new world of powered flight. Now, it’s one of the largest air shows in the country—and one of the most unique. 

Usually staged on a Wednesday in late August, the airshow is a midweek extravaganza that takes full advantage of the summery late August weather. 

Unlike most other air shows, this air show doesn’t take place at a rural airstrip or regional airport. Instead, it happens right in the heart of Atlantic City. Military jets, helicopters, and more perform their daring stunts with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the city’s casino skyline on the other, while thousands of captivated onlookers crowd the famed Boardwalk in between. 

When you attend the airshow, you can expect to see: 

 

  • Aerobatic performances from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds 
  • Rescue simulations
  • Parachuters 

Where to Stay in Atlantic City

Are you coming to town for the airshow and wondering where to stay in Atlantic City? If you want an ocean view hotel that’s close to all the action of the Atlantic City Air Show, the choice is simple: Ocean Resort Casino.

Why stay at Ocean Casino Resort? The reasons are almost too abundant to list, but we’ll give it our best shot. 

#1 The Most Luxurious Rooms in Town

It all starts with our luxurious rooms and suites. Each room in our hotel features contemporary furnishings for modern convenience, and minimalist interiors so that nothing distracts you from chilling out, sleeping in, or simply enjoying some of the best panoramic views of the seaside. 

We have four room styles to suit any kind of traveler. Whether you’re on a solo slot-fueled weekend getaway, a bachelor party, or just in town for the air show, you can choose from:

 

  • One-bedroom suite – Our palatial, one-bedroom suites are your home-away-from-home in Atlantic City. After catching the sky spectacular on the Boardwalk, you can return to your suite and relax in the deep-soaking bathtub or enjoy the built-in entertainment system in the separate living area. Entertaining guests? Our one-bedroom suites also feature guest powder rooms for added convenience. 
  • Studio suite – Plush king-size beds? Check. Thoroughly modern bathrooms? Check. Terry cloth towels that are soft as a cloud? Check. Our studio suites check all the boxes when it comes to an Atlantic City oasis. And with floor-to-ceiling windows, incredible views, and a comfortable wrap-around couch, you might not even need to leave your room to watch the airshow.
  • Contemporary king – Our contemporary king rooms feature king-size beds, deluxe bathrooms, and a work desk for those who need to combine business with pleasure. 
  • Contemporary queen – Two queen-size, pillow-top beds, one work desk, and a spacious en-suite bathroom are just a few of the top amenities you enjoy when you stay in our contemporary queen rooms. The star of the show? The phenomenal views of the city and the ocean. 

Each room features soft, inviting bedding, luxurious bathrooms, and lavish amenities like complimentary WiFi, an in-room safe, bedside media charging outlets, and more.

#2 When You Stay Here, You’re Already At the Airshow

If you’re coming to town for the Thunder Over the Boardwalk, you might as well stay near the Boardwalk. For unobstructed views of the planes and jets as they sail as high as 15,000 feet above the ocean and front-row seats for when they swoop down to just 50 feet above your head, the Boardwalk is the place to be. 

That’s why over 800,000 people have gathered there to watch the airshow since 2003.  

Fortunately, Ocean Casino Resort is located at the north end of Atlantic City’s world-famous Boardwalk. This means you can enjoy the airshow from the paradise of one of our elegant swimming pools, join the festivities along the shore, or attend one of several Boardwalk watch parties.

#3 The Airshow Isn’t the Only Attraction 

The Thunder Over the Boardwalk wraps up in the early afternoon, so you’ll need fun activities to fill the rest of your stay. If you stay at Ocean Casino Resort, some of the best entertainment features Atlantic City has to offer are literally right outside your door. 

Ocean Casino Resort has leisure and entertainment options for guests of any age, like: 

 

  • Eclipse indoor/outdoor pool and private cabanas 
  • Largest TopGolf Swing Suites on the continent 
  • Luxurious day spas 
  • Live entertainment 
  • Casual and fine dining options

And, of course, the casinos and betting Atlantic City is known for. All that and Thunder Over the Boardwalk, too? Sounds like a winning bet.

Ocean Casino Resort: Your Airshow Headquarters 

You haven’t really stayed in Atlantic City until you’ve stayed at Ocean Casino Resort.

Our resort hotel, diverse restaurants, world-class casinos, and hip entertainment venues combine the elegance and opulence you expect from a resort with the gambling, betting, and entertainment options this town is known for. 

That’s what places Ocean Casino Resort among the top resorts Atlantic City has to offer. 

This year, the airshow is on August 24, so time’s running out to reserve your spot at the heart of it all. Book your room today and we’ll see you at the show.
 

Sources: 

New Jersey Monthly. History Over the Ocean as the Atlantic City Airshow Returns. https://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/atlantic-city-airshow-history-over-the-ocean/ 

Visit New Jersey. Thunder Over the Boardwalk - The Atlantic City Air Show. https://visitnj.org/article/thunder-over-boardwalk-atlantic-city-air-show 

 

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