Atlantic City Fact Sheets
Atlantic City Outdoors
How We Do It:
Surrounding the lights and sights, the Atlantic City area is still a place where nature still rules and
opportunities are abundant to enjoy the outdoors in a seaside setting.
- Birch Grove Park, located in Northfield, is a municipal park with an exercise trail and five miles of hiking trails. This park also offers seasonal food and stands, camping facilities and fishing ponds. www.aclink.org/parks
- Cape May Bird Observatory on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point offers educational and entertaining programs for bird enthusiasts throughout the year. Open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
- Cape May County Park and Zoo in nearby Cape May is a scenic 50-minute drive from Atlantic City and houses over 85 species of wild animals, a reptile house and a 55-acre African Savannah. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
(609) 465-5271; www.capemaycountyzoo.com
- Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton was the first zoo in the state and is home to some rare Bengal White Tigers. Open year-round and only an hour drive from Atlantic City. Admission is free; donations are welcomed.
(856) 455-3230, ext. 242.
- The Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, just across the bay from Atlantic City, features 40,000 acres of coastal salt marshes, upland fields, woodlands and tidal waters. Local flora and fauna abound and the refuge is a stopover for more than 200 species of migratory birds. There are footpaths and a driving trail. Open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. Admission is $4 per vehicle.
(609) 652-1665; www.forsythe.fws.gov
- Estell Manor Park in Mays Landing has 1,714 acres of park with nature exhibits, animals, playgrounds, picnic areas, fishing, bike trails, hiking and cross-country skiing. If that weren’t enough there are also ruins of Estellville Glassworks and the Bethlehem Loading Company.
(609) 645-5960; www.aclinks.org
- John F. Kennedy Park, located in Somers Point, is a great picnic spot and bayfront beach area with an available boat launch. www.aclink.org/parks
- Lester G. MacNamara Park, located east of Tuckahoe, contains 12,380 acres of lush uplands, marsh and lakes. Hunting, fishing, trapping, boating and bird watching are all enjoyed here.
- Port Republic Wildlife Management Area is 755 acres of nature and salt marsh where hiking, fishing, bird watching and hunting are welcome.
- Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuaryat 114th Street & Third Avenue is a nationally recognized nesting ground for American egrets. Hundreds of species of shore birds are there for the public to watch and enjoy. Open seasonally.
- The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor uses the six thousand acres of coastal wetlands that surround it as a living laboratory. It features a saltwater aquarium, bird and butterfly gardens as well as a variety of educational programs. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children.
(609) 368-1211; www.beachcomber.com/CapeMay/wetlands.html
- Wharton State Forest is 110,000 acres of land located in Atlantic, Burlington and Camden Counties. This South Jersey treasure is available for camping, canoeing and hiking.
(609) 561-3262; www.aclink.org/parks
- The Absecon Lighthouse at Rhode Island and Pacific Avenues in Atlantic City is a historic structure designed by Civil War General George Meade and built in 1857. Visitors who climb the 228-step structure are rewarded with a bird’s eye view of Atlantic City’s dazzling skyline and the back bay area. A photographer’s delight, the lighthouse re-opened to the public in early 1999. It is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey. The lighthouse is open September to June: Thursday through Monday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from July to August: seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for visiting the ground floor museum and gift shop. To climb the lighthouse, admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children 4 to 12.
(609) 449-1360; www.abseconlighthouse.org
- The Cape May Point Lighthouse goes back to 1859, with 199 steps to climb. At the top is a panoramic view in the Watch Room Gallery. (609) 884-8656
- The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in North Wildwood was built in 1874 and showcases memorabilia, antiques and a functioning light. The lighthouse is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer hours are seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children. (609) 522-4520; www.herefordlighthouse.org