If you have attended the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference® (ACVC) before, we are so glad you have chosen to return. You’ll enjoy catching up with friends you made and benefiting from the high-quality CE you want.
If this is your first time attending ACVC, welcome to a dvm360® conference that is all about taking care of the people who take care of pets. We’re providing the high-quality CE you need – in a new way.
Below you will find information on how to get to the conference, where to stay and what to do while in the city.
Conference Venue / How to Get There
ACVC will be held at:
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: 609-449-2000 / Fax: 609-449-2090
The Atlantic City Convention Center was designed to reflect Atlantic City’s seaside location and has won the prestigious “Award of Excellence in Architectural Design” from the Pennsylvania Society of Architects. Regional decor is evident throughout the building, from the wave-inspired carpeting and granite flooring to the atrium’s Rock Bar.
Visitors are welcomed by a 90-foot-high atrium lobby, complete with concierge, sculptures and art. Artist Jonathan Borofsky created the five flying-fish sculptures suspended above the atrium floor. Twenty-seven cast stone sculptures, created by Thomas Van Dyke of Prospect Park and cast by American Trim Stone of Haskell, are inset into the atrium walls and represent local sea life such as starfish, crabs and seahorses. The fourth floor showcases artist William Wegman’s photographic exhibit entitled Six Scenic Scenes, which depicts his famous Weimaraners wearing costumes and participating in activities throughout New Jersey.
The Atlantic City Convention Center is within a few hours’ drive of nearly one-third of the nation’s population and 20 percent of the country’s business addresses.
HOW TO GET THERE
Distance from major cities:
Philadelphia: 55 miles
New York: 132 miles
Newark, NJ: 110 miles
Washington: 173 miles
Baltimore: 168 miles
Boston: 328 miles
Pittsburgh: 354 miles
Click here for DRIVING DIRECTIONS in Google Maps +
From the Atlantic City Expressway:
At the end of the Expressway, turn left on Arctic Avenue and then left on Michigan Avenue, straight into the Atlantic City Convention Center parking garage. Another entrance to the parking garage is via the Atlantic City Connector. To take this route, bear to the right at the end of the Atlantic City Expressway and follow the Atlantic City Connector. After railroad tracks, take the first exit on the right marked Convention Center/Bacharach Boulevard. While on Bacharach Boulevard, there are four entrances into the parking garage on the right.
From Philadelphia and west:
Exit the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Valley Forge, Exit 24, on to Schuylkill Expressway (Route 76 East) through Philadelphia to the Walt Whitman Bridge.
From New York and north:
Major interstate highways connect with the Garden State Parkway South. Follow Garden State Parkway South to Exit 38 (Atlantic City Expressway). Follow Atlantic City Expressway directions.
From Baltimore, Washington and south:
Take I-95 to the Walt Whitman Bridge (Philadelphia). Cross the Walt Whitman Bridge and follow N/S Freeway to the Atlantic City Expressway. Follow Atlantic City Expressway directions.
From Norfolk, VA, area:
Follow Route 13 and Route 9 to Cape May-Lewes Ferry, then take Garden State Parkway north to Exit 38 (Atlantic City Expressway) into Atlantic City. Follow Atlantic City Expressway directions.
TRUCK TRAFFIC/LOADING DOCK
All trucks bound for the New Atlantic City Convention Center MUST access the city via the Atlantic City Expressway. At the end of the Atlantic City Convention Center follow the expressway to the right and take the Atlantic City Connector. Take the first exit marked Convention Center/Bacharach Boulevard. Loading dock access will be to the right. Trucks may not park on the 100 feet of Bacharach Boulevard before the expressway on/off ramp.
NJ TRANSIT is New Jersey’s public transportation corporation. Trains are available from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, as well as points in New Jersey, to Atlantic City.
Atlantic City is serviced by Atlantic City International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport.
Atlantic City International Airport is 12 miles outside of Atlantic City and is serviced by Spirit Airlines. https://www.sjta.com/acairport/
Philadelphia International Airport is located 60 miles from Atlantic City and is serviced by more than 30 airlines. http://www.phl.org/
PARKING AT THE CONVENTION CENTER
Parking at the Convention Center is $15 a day. There are 1,200 parking spaces on the first level of the center (garage height 7’) for attendees and exhibitors.
In addition, numerous public lots and garages are within walking distance of the center. Please see the map showing other parking areas.
ACCESSIBILITY AT THE CONVENTION CENTER
Accessibility: At the Atlantic City Convention Center, you will find that the facility has been designed to make your visit as productive and comfortable as possible. We hope that you will agree that the facilities, services and helpful staff demonstrate commitment to accessibility. For questions, comments or concerns regarding accessibility options, call the administrative office during normal business hours at 609-449-2000. For show-specific information, contact ACVC.
The Atlantic City Convention Center has sidewalk ramps, automatic doors at all street levels, restrooms and elevators accessible for people with mobility impairments. Motorized mobility devices may be used by people with mobility impairments, subject to reasonable safety restrictions.
Motorized Mobility Devices: Motorized mobility devices may be rented through the UPS Store at the center. For more information: https://locations.theupsstore.com/nj/atlantic-city/one-convention-blvd
Parking and Drop-Off Areas: The Atlantic City Convention Center has designated drop-off points for taxis and cars that provide ramped curbs and automatic entry doors at doors #1, #3, #5 and #7. ADA parking is available in the parking garage.
Guest Services: Guest Services is located in the atrium of the main entrance and is staffed 24 hours, seven days a week.
ATM Machines: ATMs offer audio assistance for the visually impaired and meet height and reach requirements for the physically impaired.
Restrooms: All restrooms in the center are accessible to guests with disabilities.
Service Animals: Trained guide dogs and service animals assisting guests are welcome at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Service animals must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.
UPS Business Center
The UPS Business Center’s hours of operations are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Extended hours are in effect in conjunction with show schedules. All major credit cards are accepted. The business center is in the first-floor atrium of the convention center. The business center offers a variety of services and products for convention attendees as well as for the public, including packaging and shipping, a full document-services department, meeting needs and office supplies. There is also a complete technology and graphics design department. Other services include Internet access stations, copier and fax machine rentals, courier service, motorized wheelchair rentals, pick up and delivery, and free parking in the convention center garage near the entrance of the business center. The business center can stock special or advance orders upon request.
Sustainable (Green) Efforts at the Atlantic City Convention Center
Located just blocks from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, the Atlantic City Convention Center is committed to preserving its unique seaside environment while providing a safe, healthy atmosphere for guests. “Going Green” has been one of the center’s main operating objectives, earning the facility inclusion as a founding member of the Convene Green Alliance. The facility has successfully reduced energy consumption every year since the building opened in 1997.
The Atlantic City Convention Center has created a “Green Team” comprised of talented individuals from each venue department as well as Meet AC’s team. The Green Team is centered on five key initiatives:
- Energy efficiency
- Water usage
- Client communication
- Preparation for future composting
It is the goal of Spectra to implement efficient, cost-saving programs that contribute to a sustainable environment. The Green Team provides strategic planning and direction to implement the sustainability program goals.
Energy Efficiency – The Atlantic City Convention Center installed the largest single roof-mounted solar array in the United States in 2009. The solar roof consists of 13,000 panels and covers more than 290,000 square feet. It has produced 29% of the building’s total electrical consumption, most recently accounting for 31% in 2017. The Atlantic City Convention Center anticipates saving nearly $4.4 million in electricity costs since its opening through 2029.
Sustainability Efforts – The Spectra team has invested in large cages on wheels that enable the exhibitors and decorators to easily recycle. The cages are see-through and labeled “cardboard,” “vinyl” “clear plastic” or “Styrofoam.” The easier the recycling process, the more waste is diverted from the landfill.
Hotel Options: Deadline for Group Rates is 9/24/2020
We know you have many options for where to stay when attending a conference. ACVC works hard to negotiate group hotel rates to keep the conference affordable. By staying at an authorized conference hotel, you enable ACVC to maintain that negotiating power for future conferences.
ACVC has contracted conference group rates with only the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. If you are contacted by a hotel or agency other than the Sheraton or the Hard Rock, they are not authorized to represent ACVC. Do not provide any other company with your personal or financial information, as they may be fraudulent. ACVC is not responsible for any bookings or related financial costs made through other hotels, housing agencies or companies not authorized by ACVC.
You are responsible for your hotel arrangements, including making a reservation, any changes or cancellation of reservations. Although ACVC can assist with concerns regarding an authorized hotel, ACVC is not responsible nor liable for your hotel reservation.
SHERATON ATLANTIC CITY CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL
Two Convention Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
ABOUT THE HOTEL
The Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel is adjacent to the Atlantic City Convention Center. The hotel is just steps from the city’s famed boardwalk, Tanger Outlets, casinos and dynamic restaurants and entertainment.
Just as the Miss America contestants travel their own unique path to Atlantic City for their chance to wear the crown, visitors can experience the rich history of the pageant with a self-guided walking tour through the hotel’s collection of Miss America memorabilia.
The Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel. The pet policy allows one dog under 80 pounds per room. Non-refundable fee: $50. Contact the hotel for details.
A limited block of rooms has been set aside at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel with a special ACVC nightly rate of $129 plus applicable state and local taxes and $1 tourism fee. Room rate includes:
- Complimentary guest room internet service
- Complimentary access to 24-hour health club
- Complimentary USA Today newspaper
- Discounted self-parking fee of $10 per day for ACVC overnight guests
All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card as a deposit for the first night’s room and tax charge.
- Click here to make a reservation online under the ACVC Group Rate.
- You also may call the Sheraton directly at 609-344-3535 or call Marriott reservations at 888-627-7212 and mention the group name Atlantic Coast Vet or ACVC to receive the discounted group rate.
The deadline to make your reservation is Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. After that date, or if the room block becomes full prior to the deadline, rooms are subject to availability, and rates may increase.
Check-in is 3 p.m. and check-out is 12 p.m.
The hotel allows individual cancellations without penalty up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled arrival date. Hotel will charge one night’s guaranteed guest room rate plus tax for cancellation within 72 hours of the scheduled arrival date or failure to check in on the scheduled arrival date. Any remaining nights of a “no-show” reservation will be canceled.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Sheraton is approximately 11.3 miles from the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY).
This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Estimated taxi fare is $40 one way.
The Sheraton is approximately 60 miles from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Estimated taxi fare is $120 one way.
On-site: $17 per day / Valet: $30 per day
* Fees and taxes are subject to change.
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO ATLANTIC CITY
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
ABOUT THE HOTEL
More than just a place to put down your bags, the Hard Rock experience is one for dreamers. With more than 20 dazzling nightlife and dining options on site, the typical hotel experience is amped up into something phenomenal. Discover the boardwalk hotel’s tantalizing offerings, and let the anticipation begin. After a satisfying night out, make your way to the lavish guest rooms and suites, which feature views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is approximately a six-minute car/taxi ride or 30-minute walk to the convention center. Click here for Google Map Directions.
ACVC will provide complimentary shuttle transportation for attendees to/from the Hard Rock Hotel to the convention center.
- Shuttles will run in a continuous loop with departures every 5-10 minutes.
- Shuttles will depart from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s VIP Valet.
- Shuttles will depart from the Atlantic City Convention Center outside the Main Entrance on the Atrium/Level 1 near door 5.
A limited block of sleeping rooms has been set aside with special ACVC nightly rates:
- Oct 24, 2020 $279 single plus applicable state, local taxes, resort fee noted below
- Oct 25-29, 2020 $74 single plus applicable state, local taxes, resort fee noted below
- Oct 30, 2020 $159 single plus applicable state, local taxes, resort fee noted below
Taxes and fees: A daily resort fee of $17 per room, per night, plus room tax of 13.625% (tax is subject to change) will be charged in addition to the room rates above. This fee includes:
- High-speed wi-fi for up to two devices
- Access to Body Rock fitness center
- Unlimited entry and exit into self-parking areas after initial fee
- Access to indoor pool and seasonal sundeck
- Chair and towel service at seasonal beach bar
Rates are also subject to an Atlantic City Tourism Promotional Fee, currently $2 plus applicable tax of $0.27, and a New Jersey State Occupancy Fee of $3 per room, per night.
All reservations must be guaranteed with a deposit for the first night’s guest room and tax charge. It is hotel policy to require a credit card for incidental charges. Hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
- Click here to make a reservation online under the ACVC Group Rate: https://book.passkey.com/e/50100916
- Or call 609-449-6860 and mention the group code GAVC102 to receive the discounted group rate.
The deadline for making your reservation is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. After that date, or if the room block becomes full prior to the deadline, rooms are subject to availability, and rates may increase.
A credit card must be presented upon check-in and will be authorized for $100 for incidental charges.
Check-in is 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Check-out is 11 a.m.
You must be at least 21 years old to check into the hotel. Only registered guests may check in and occupy guest rooms. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult at all times in any casino gaming area.
The hotel allows individual cancellations without penalty up to 72 hours prior to the scheduled arrival date. Hotel will charge one night’s guaranteed guest room rate plus tax for cancellation within 72 hours of the scheduled arrival date or failure to check-in on the scheduled arrival date. Any remaining nights of a “no-show” reservation will be canceled.
Parking options include self-parking or valet. Parking rates are posted and may vary. After paying initial self-parking fee upon entry, hotel guests will not pay for additional entries or exits during stay dates. * Fees and taxes are subject to change.
About the City / What to Do Outside the Conference
Change is the only constant in Atlantic City. From dining to shopping to the hottest entertainment, Atlantic City is always creating a buzz with new attractions. Check out the list below to find out what is new and what is on the horizon for the city that is never turned off.
You can reach Atlantic City via a rail terminal adjacent to the convention center. New Jersey Transit and Greyhound offer bus service to and from New York City, Philadelphia and other major cities from a terminal at Atlantic and Ohio avenues.
Once in Atlantic City, finding your way around town is a breeze, thanks to its world-famous and environmentally friendly Jitney service. Jitneys, which operate by compressed natural gas, are available 24 hours a day all year for a single ride fare of $2.25. Jitney routes run along Pacific Avenue from the Inlet to Jackson Avenue and throughout the Marina District. Frequent rider tickets are available at a discounted rate.
Taxi service is also available throughout the city. Boardwalk trams and rolling chairs are available on the Boardwalk. Rates vary according to season.
BEACH & BOARDWALK HISTORY
In 1850, local physician Jonathan Pitney set out to develop a resort in what would become Atlantic City. He was drawn to the island’s cool breezes, healthy air and refreshing waters. Now, 170 years later, the Atlantic Ocean and its soft, sandy beaches still draw millions of visitors and residents.
The world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, which was originally built in 1870, was first constructed to help adjacent hotels keep sand out of their lobbies. Over the years, the Boardwalk has grown to its current length of 5.5 miles; 1.5 miles of the Boardwalk stretches into the neighboring town of Ventnor City.
The Boardwalk is home to novelty shops, eateries, amusement piers, volleyball courts, beach bars and casino hotel properties. It hosts dozens of seasonal events, including concerts, parades, festivals and competitions.
The Atlantic City Visitor Information Center is on the Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue inside Historic Boardwalk Hall.
Check out www.doatlanticcity.com for new and exciting places to visit in Atlantic City and an up-to-date calendar of events to plan your visit!
Click here to download an online visitor’s guide: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2e76a8e9#/2e76a8e9/1
Tanger Outlets is an open-air mall that includes more than 60 retailers and restaurants such as Coach, Kate Spade New York, Aldo, H&M, Nike, Pandora, Michael Kors, Crocs, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Under Armor and the Beef Jerky Outlet.
Location: 2014 Baltic Ave.
Bass Pro Shops
The Bass Pro Shop features a wide variety of wildlife mounts and a large aquarium along with the area’s largest selection of quality gear for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and more.
Location: 30 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
The Steel Pier is one of the most historic and iconic landmarks in Atlantic City. Featuring rides, games and multiple food option, Steel Pier also offers helicopter rides, custom carousel depicting scenes from the city’s history and The Wheel, a Ferris wheel that is 227 feet tall and has 40 temperature-controlled gondolas. Newly opened is AC Axe & Pub, where you can experience the thrill of axe throwing with family and friends.
Location: Virginia Avenue at Boardwalk
A recent lobby renovation added the “Atlantic City Experience,” which provides an interactive timeline with movable partitions and a mini theater with video clips highlighting key dates in the city’s rich past. There are several historic display cases and touch screens with hundreds of archival images of Atlantic City. While there, take a tour and listen to a recital on the world’s largest pipe organ.
Location: 2301 Boardwalk
From free events and attractions such as the Atlantic City Airshow, to events that cost less than the price of a movie ticket or even just hanging out on one of the top East Coast beaches, there are plenty of free things to do with kids or friends in Atlantic City. Here’s a list of some free things to do in Atlantic City:
|FREE IN AC|
|Atlantic City Beaches – No beach fees ever! Breathe in the salty air or take a walk on clean and white sandy beaches.
Atlantic City Airshow – “A Salute to Those That Serve” blasts through the skies August 21 and is one of the most popular free things to do in New Jersey.
AC Boardwalk – This is the perfect place to stroll any time, or ride bicycles 6 a.m.-12 p.m., May through September. Extended hours of 6 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., October through April.
Bass Pro Shops – Bass Pro Shops has a 13,000-gallon freshwater fish tank stocked with fish found in and around New Jersey. Don’t miss the murals depicting wildlife and natural scenes from the Atlantic City region.
Boardwalk Hall Pipe Organ Tour and Recital – Boardwalk Hall houses the largest musical instrument on earth. More powerful than a dozen orchestras, it can both whisper and thunder into the 5.5 million cubic feet of air space in the main arena.
DO AC Boardwalk Summer Entertainment – Kennedy Plaza is abuzz with daily entertainment. From Broadway stars performing show tunes to party bands, jazz concerts and more, there is something for everyone from summer into September.
Gardner’s Basin Concerts – Gardner’s Basin offers an all-star lineup of some of the most soulful entertainers of the 1970s and ‘80s. The festivities include local food and merchandise vendors.
Historic Smithville and Village Greene – This historic village offers more than 40 unique shops, dining, lodging, train, carousel, paddle boats, festivals and live music.
Movies Under the Stars – Bring a chair or blanket, soft drink and popcorn and enjoy a free evening out. The movies are rated for family viewing.
Mural Tour – Use this map to tour more than 50 murals created by local, regional, and global artists in the 48 Blocks AC program, part of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.
The Atlantic City Experience – Located in the lobby of Boardwalk Hall, you can explore the history of Atlantic City via a dynamic and vibrant exhibit.
Korean War Memorial – The memorial was created to ensure that future generations remember and honor the pride and dedication of those who served, the legacy they continued, and the freedom they preserved. It honors the 191,000 New Jerseyans who served in the conflict.
Wind Farm Tours – Atlantic County Utilities Authority offers free open house tours of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm every Monday and Friday at 12 p.m. through Aug. 30.
World War I Memorial – Located at South Albany and Ventnor avenues, the memorial built in 1922 to honor World War I veterans from Atlantic City houses a 9-foot-tall bronze statue, “Liberty in Distress.”
|$10 AND UNDER|
|Absecon Lighthouse – The tallest lighthouse in New Jersey, you can climb its 228 steps to the top for an amazing view.
Atlantic City Aquarium – Ocean oddities, sharks, sea anemones and more can be seen at Gardner’s Basin.
Bicycle Rentals – Bicycles are permitted on the Boardwalk between 6-10 a.m. daily May through September. Extended hours October through April.
Boardwalk Arcades – A roll of quarters goes a long way at the many arcades and amusement facilities along the Boardwalk.
Central Pier Arcade and Speedway – Features one of the largest over-and-under racetracks with NASCAR-style go-karts.
Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge – Stroll along nature trails through 43,000 acres of protected coastal habitat and nature trails in Galloway, NJ.
Jitney – Take a ride on an iconic Atlantic City Jitney. The small green-and-white buses operate throughout the city and to and from the airport.
Lucy the Elephant – The restored giant historic landmark first built in 1884 is open for tours in Margate, NJ.
Miniature Golf – Play 18 holes of world-class mini golf at Atlantic City’s premier course on the Boardwalk at Mississippi.
Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University – The garage houses fine art, crafts and folk art exhibits, and it is home to the African American Heritage Museum.
Rainforest Café – Part tropical rainforest, part restaurant, you’ll find great food and sweet treats for the kids.
Rolling Chair Ride – See the Boardwalk sites while being pushed by an attendant (fee based on distance).
Skate Zone – Cool off on the Flyers Skate Zone ice rink as you skate or play ice hockey.
Tram Rides on the Boardwalk – Take a low-cost alternative to getting around on the Boardwalk.
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum – This working maritime museum with folk artisans and entertainment is in Tuckerton, NJ.
The Wheel at Steel Pier – The Wheel offers breathtaking views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean. At 227 feet tall, it has 40 temperature-controlled gondolas that each holds six passengers.
Wetlands Institute – Features guided beach walks, back-bay boat rides, kayaking, animal shows and more in Cape May County.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center – Glass, ceramic, flamework, woodcarving artists can be seen at work in Millville, NJ.
|$20 AND UNDER|
|AC Cruises – Back-bay cruises, dolphin-watching trips and sunset happy hour cruises aboard Cruisin’ 1.
A.J. Meerwald – New Jersey’s official tall ship offers sailing trips and classes from the ferry terminal in Cape May.
Historic Cold Spring Village – Open-air, hands-on early American living history museum in Cape May County.
Jersey Shore Tours – Offers walking tours of beaches, buildings, and the boardwalks in Atlantic City and Ocean City.
IMAX Theater at Tropicana – Sit back, relax and enjoy a larger-than-life movie.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Popular odditorium and museum of weirdness is perfect for kids of all ages.
Steel Pier – The landmark amusement pier on the Boardwalk has thrill rides and games of chance. Take a spin on The Wheel or throw an axe at AC Axe & Pub (21 or older).
The Boardwalk Pool – Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. during the summer. $20 admission for non-hotel guests.