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Atlantic City Attractions


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Known for its glitz and gaming, Atlantic City surprises with no shortage of things to do and see beyond its great casinos.

  • Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and the third tallest lighthouse in the U.S. Visitors willing to climb 228 steps up the lighthouse tower are greeted with a spectacular view of the Jersey Shore. The same first-order Fresnel lens used in 1854 to light the way for mariners is still in use today. The lighthouse is open September through June: Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and July and August: daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to climb the lighthouse is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children ages 4-12. Children under 4 and active military are free.

    (609) 449-1360;

  • Ready to Hang Ten? AC Surf School is the original and premiere surfing organization in the city. Offering a program for everyone, be it beginner or advanced, AC Surf has some of the most experienced staff on the East Coast and is the only surfing school certified by Surfing America.

    (609) 348-1787;

  • The Atlantic City Aquarium in Historic Gardner’s Basin features touch tanks, sea life exhibits and educational seminars about the marine life of the Atlantic Coastal area. The Aquarium is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for major holidays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4 - 12. Children 3 and under are free.

    (609) 348-2880;

  • No tour of Atlantic City is complete without a walk on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. The world’s most famous Boardwalk was built in 1870, and there is still nothing like it in the world. Lined with shops, restaurants and food stands, casinos and more, it’s a people-watcher’s delight.

  • Atlantic City Parasail operates several trips daily from Gardner’s Basin offering 500-foot flights with dry take-off and landing. Safe and fun, no experience necessary. Reservations required.

    (609) 345-1212;

  • You like to be spooked? Haunted Tales, A Ghostly Adventure, offers the ultimate in action and excitement. Listen to the tales of the Jersey devil and learn the legends in the haunted animated theater.  Fun for all ages.

    (609) 340-8818

  • Heartwalk is an award-winning sculpture built entirely from hundreds of wooden planks salvaged from the boardwalks of The Rockaways in Queens, Long Beach, Sea Girt and our very own, Atlantic City. It is designed with two ribbons of wooden planks that lift from the ground to form a heart-shaped enclosure that is illuminated every night. Visitors are encouraged to enter the enclosure and literally stand "in the heart" of the world-famous Boardwalk. Heartwalk is located on New York Avenue and the Boardwalk.

  • Nestled along the working fishing boat docks in Atlantic City’s Inlet section, Historic Gardner’s Basin hosts several special events each year and is home to the Atlantic City Aquarium, a crafters village, waterfront dining, maritime exhibits a variety of cruises and fishing boat charters.

    (609) 348-2880;

  • Now over a hundred years old, Lucy The Elephant was originally built to lure real estate investors to South Atlantic City (now Margate). Since then she has served as a restaurant and even a house. She was restored in the 1970s and moved to her current location at Washington and Atlantic Avenues in Margate, where she has resided ever since as a museum. You can climb to the “howdah” on Lucy’s back for a panoramic view of the ocean, beach and surrounding area.

    (609) 823-6473;

  • The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine rehabilitates stranded sea animals including whales, dolphins, seals and turtles. It offers public visiting hours and features an animal husbandry museum and other educational exhibits. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

    (609) 266-0538;

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, located on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, features the most unusual, fascinating and bizarre exhibits from around the world. Open Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $16.99 for adults and children 13 and up, $13.99 for seniors and $10.99 for children ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free.

    (609) 347-2001;