Top Things to Do for All Ages

Atlantic City, New Jersey is known as the "Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore" and is the perfect destination for families looking for fun and excitement. Located on the coast of New Jersey, Atlantic City is home to world-famous casinos, miles of pristine beaches, and a variety of attractions that will keep the whole family entertained.

Here are 11 must-do activities for families visiting Atlantic City:

1. Hit the Beach: Atlantic City boasts miles of stunning beaches, making it the perfect place for families to enjoy some fun in the sun. Beachgoers can enjoy a variety of activities, such as surfing, swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles. There are also plenty of beachside restaurants and shops to keep the whole family entertained. Just march along the boardwalk and you'll encounter all sorts of attractions plus lots of beach entries. Across the bridge is another beach oasis, Brigantine Beach. 

2. Visit the Atlantic City Boardwalk: The Atlantic City Boardwalk is a must-visit destination for families. This iconic wooden walkway is lined with shops, restaurants, and attractions, including the Steel Pier amusement park. Families can ride roller coasters, play carnival games, and enjoy classic boardwalk treats like saltwater taffy.

3. Go to the Aquarium: The Atlantic City Aquarium is home to more than 100 species of marine life, making it a must-visit destination for families. Kids will love getting up close and personal with sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays, and the touch tank allows visitors to interact with some of the aquarium's friendliest creatures.

4. See the Absecon Lighthouse: The Absecon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and offers stunning views of Atlantic City and the surrounding coastline. Families can climb the 228 steps to the top and enjoy the panoramic views, or explore the interactive museum and learn about the lighthouse's fascinating history.

5. Explore the Historic Gardner's Basin: Gardner's Basin is a hidden gem in Atlantic City that offers a variety of family-friendly activities, including fishing charters, dolphin-watching tours, and waterfront dining. Families can also visit the Atlantic City Historical Museum to learn about the city's rich history and enjoy live entertainment on the outdoor stage.

6. AC Entertainment: From concerts to magic shows, there is always something going on in Atlantic City, making it the perfect destination for families who want to experience the fun and excitement. Just check out what each hotel/casino offers and who's coming to town. Visit

7. Family Friendly Restaurants: Don't miss restaurant week October 1 - 6, 2023. It's a 6-day celebration of the culinary scene in Atlantic City. Participating restaurants offer a multi-course meal for a fixed price (not including beverage, tax and gratuity). For more information visit here.

8. Visit and Learn the History of Lucy The Elephont: A U.S. National Historic Landmark 
& The World's Greatest Elephant. Learn more

9. Outlet Shopping: Take the kids to Atlantic City's Tanger Outlets, which features over 60 retail outlets like Nike, American Eagle, H&M, Pandora and Adidas, to name a few. The Quarter at Tropicana offers a unique NJ shopping experience in shops. Be sure to check out Hamilton Mall in the nearby town of Mays Landing to find brand name and chain stores.

10. Brigantine Beach: Brigantine Beach is one of New Jersey premier destinations. Spend the day sailing or kayaking around island, swimming in the ocean or relaxing on the beach or just enjoying the natural beauty that Brigantine Beach has to offer! Here, you'll feel like you are hundreds of miles away from Atlantic City, but it's just actually minutes away.

11. Storybook Land: For the little ones, visit this amazing fairy tale amusement park which is a short drive away. Shaded areas, picnic, and spend the day going through your favorite childhood stories.

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