Sitting on the beach is certainly a favorite pastime for many in Atlantic City. But for others, and you know who you are, it's not a vacation until you've done something to get the blood flowing.
Morning: Gardner's Basin, located on New Hampshire Avenue and the bay, is the place to catch cruises and fishing excursions. Hop aboard Cruisin' 1 for the Morning Skyline cruise, which provides a tour of Atlantic City's ever-changing skyline and calm back bays. Marine Mammal Adventure cruises spot whales in spring and fall, dolphins in summer, and includes commentary from an onboard marine naturalist.
The "Highroller" also departs from Gardner's Basin for back bay fishing on a 50-foot pontoon boat for a calm-water experience where "Nobody Gets Seasick." There are two trips daily, and private charters are available. For hardier souls, there are charters to take you deep sea fishing for larger catches such as tuna and swordfish.
If fishing isn’t your idea of sports, try parasailing or a kayak or canoe rental. These fun attractions are seasonal, so be sure to check availability.
Afternoon: After lunch in Gardner's Basin (there are several choices), head over to the Atlantic City Boardwalk and continue your adventure.
Thrill seekers will definitely want to stop off at Central Pier. Feed your need for speed with go-carts and hit the gas on this raceway over the Atlantic Ocean. On Steel Pier, you can check out some of the daring rides and try your luck at the midway-style games.
Also, during the summer season, surfing lessons are available through AC Surf School. Registrations can be done online.
Evening: Enjoy a bite to eat on the Boardwalk. Whether you want to walk while you eat famous Boardwalk food like pizza, corndogs or funnel cake, or enjoy a relaxing sit-down meal at any of the restaurants, you'll find something to suit your taste. You can also chill during the summer at one of Atlantic City’s beach bars, before or after you head over to The Quarter at Tropicana to take in a movie experience with the only IMAX Theater in Atlantic City. The theater is equipped to show 2D and 3D movies.