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This gaming, boardwalk and entertainment mecca has been dubbed America's Favorite Playground. Add a dozen nearby golf courses plus the Miss America Pageant and there is something for everyone in this area. Offshore enthusiasts will enjoy surfing, sailing and deep sea fishing. Just inland, visitors will encounter museums, a vast wildlife refuge, a living 18th Century village and taster-friendly wineries. Annually, some 37 million people pay a visit to this region.

The Atlantic City Boardwalk is said to be the world's first, built in 1870. The classic attractions are here, including eateries, amusements and shops. In addition, landmark hotels and casinos front on this famous promenade. Also at Atlantic City is the Ocean Life Center at Historic Gardner's Basin. A new marine education venue here features a touch tank and aquariums as well as interactive exhibits and a computer learning center.

Forty-two thousand acres comprise the Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge at Oceanville. An eight-mile car trail and two footpaths for viewing wildlife are available. At Historic Town of Smithville, a restored colonial hamlet, visitors can stroll through the past on cobblestone paths and drop into restaurants and craft shops. In addition to tastings, Hammonton-based Tomasello Winery offers tours by reservation and special winery events. It boasts several outlets, in Historic Town of Smithville, Lambertville and Wemark Farms.

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