By Lauren Lipton

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — We’ve been crawling toward spring for what seems like weeks now, so if you’re looking for some new and different things to do, Atlantic City says, “Hey, don’t forget about us!”

“We recognize that Philadelphians think they know everything there is to know about Atlantic City, and we think we have a few surprises for them,” notes Liza Cartmell, president of the Atlantic City Alliance.

So it’s more than salt water taffy?

“Way more,” she tells Positively Philadelphia.  “And even funnel cake.  We like to talk about the fact that you can have funnel cake and foie gras when you come to Atlantic City, and anything in between.”

Cartmell describes one special event coming up in May:

“A walking wine festival, where people have samplings that they’re going to do up and down the entire boardwalk.”

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And listen to what’s happening in June:

“The offshore power boat races.  The air show is moving to June.  In June we’re really excited to think about creating this whole atmosphere of ‘It’s about speed,’ right?  It’s about those fast airplanes, it’s about those fast boats.”

And on land, the world championship of sand sculpting takes place.

“These are big.  I mean, these are not your little alligator — which is very cute — on the beach.  These are your structures that are ten feet tall, ten feet wide, that are really works of art.”

Even off the beach, Atlantic City is hopping, according to John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

“We’ve approved a Margaritaville project.  Mr. Buffet’s bar and restaurant facility will be open by Memorial Day,” he says.  “A Bass Pro outlet is coming, and we’re working hard on a market something like the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, but smaller.”

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