Things to do in Atlantic City
Atlantic City Experience at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall
The Atlantic City Experience encompasses the best historical and cultural resources of Atlantic City, located in the lobby of Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Open to the public weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Historic Organ Restoration Committee: Tours & Recital
The Orange Loop
Just steps from the AC Boardwalk; includes New York Avenue, St. James Place, and Tennessee Avenue. Got its name from the game Monopoly. Three blocks of bars, entertainment and more. Includes: Bourre, The Leadership Studio (yoga), Bar 32 (Chocolate & Cocktails), Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, Rhythm and Spirits and the Iron Room.
Atlantic City Mural Tour
Atlantic City is home to over 50 murals in which most were created in the past three years through the Atlantic City Arts Foundation’s flagship program, 48 Blocks AC. Use the map to take a tour of the different murals.
➢ Mural Map — Atlantic City Arts Foundation
Little Water Distillery
Located in the heart of “prohibition-unfriendly Atlantic City,” Little Water Distillery is the first craft distillery in Atlantic City and founded by brothers Mark and Eric Ganter. Offering Whitecap American Whiskey, Liberty American Silver Rum, 48 Blocks Atlantic City Vodka, Prosperity American Dark Rum, and Rusted Revolver Indigenous Rum. Enjoy a drink with friends or experience their tours and tastings. (Tours/Tastings $8.00/person, reservations recommended)
➢ 807 Baltic Ave, Unit B, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 www.littlewaterdistillery.com
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 345-2269 x3063
Free Daily Recital & Tour: Monday – Friday at 12:00 p.m. 1/2-hour recital and 1/2-hour tour. Available June – September. Wednesday noon recitals available year-round, except for holidays. Free Behind the Scenes Tour: Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Specialty 2-hour tour giving an extremely detailed history and guided tour through areas of the building normally closed to the public. Available year-round, except for holidays.
Westecunk Axe Throwing
Atlantic City’s Axe Throwing. Able to accommodate large groups. Walk-ins welcome, but reservations are recommended. Visit the website for hours and more information.
➢ 807 Baltic Ave, Unit C, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-246-7283
The Seed: A Living Beer Project
A local brewery that recently opened in the same area as Little Water Distillery and Westecunk Axe Throwing. They take pride in incorporating the local environment into their beers and do everything they can to let these ingredients shine.
➢ 807 Baltic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 www.theseedbeer.com
Sportsbooks in Atlantic City
Sports Betting was signed into law in Atlantic City in June 2018. You can now place at bet at all nine of our casinos and online. Visit the website listed below for a list of all the sports books in Atlantic City.
There are multiple beach bars located throughout the city. Each offering their own lineups of entertainment, drink specials and more.
➢ For more information and locations please visit: Beach Bars
Ocean Casino Resort: Topgolf Swing Suite
Ocean Casino Resort is proud to offer the largest indoor Topgolf Swing Suite in
America! Topgolf Swing Suite is an immersive social experience offering eleven private bays to play and enjoy fantastic food and beverage service. With a massive screen and a selection of exciting virtual games, the Topgolf Swing Suite delivers a one-of-a-kind simulation that’s fun for golfers and non-golfers alike. Also, enjoy a massive bar with TV’s to watch your favorite game, blackjack tables and a virtual putting green, all while taking in sweeping views of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Create unforgettable experiences with friends and family unlike anywhere else in Atlantic City! Bay rental fees are $50 per hour for up to 8 guests. For current hours, please visit the website for more information.
➢ Located on the 6th Floor at Ocean Resort Casino 500 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic City’s historic Steel Pier is the centerpiece of family entertainment on the great wooden way. Originally opened in 1898, Steel Pier quickly became known for showcasing the world’s top entertainers, delighting thousands of visitors each day with top names and novelty acts. Today, kids of all ages enjoy the amusements, thrill rides and games of chance on Steel Pier. Steel Pier is also the home of the third largest Observation Wheel in the United States – the Observation Wheel is open weather depending.
➢ 1000 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609)-345-4893 www.steelpier.com
IMAX Theatre at Tropicana
The Quarter at Tropicana is home of Atlantic City’s IMAX Theater. The 275-seat state-of-the-art theater has a 5-1/2 story screen and 12,000 watts of surround sound. Experience both the newest Hollywood blockbuster films and IMAX 3D releases.
➢ 2831 Pacific Ave.
The Quarter at Tropicana
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(800) THE-TROP www.tropicana.net/venue/amenities/imax-theatre-tropicana
Escape AC at Tropicana
➢ Tropicana Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-246-7772
Tanger Outlets The Walk
Great outlet shopping begins at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway. Over 100 of your favorite brand name retailers and restaurants. Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Nike Factory Store, Coach Factory, Kate Spade, Victoria’s Secret, Vera Bradley, Loft Outlet, J.Crew, H&M, and Forever 21 are just a few of the fabulous name brands you will find at the best shopping destination in Atlantic City!
➢ 1931 Atlantic Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-344-0095 www.tangeroutlet.com/atlanticcity
Immersive live-action amusement center featuring a challenging variety of small-group escape
Bass Pro Shops
In 1971, Johnny Morris, frustrated by the lack of tackle in local stores, rented a U-Haul® trailer and took off across the country filling it with the newest premium fishing tackle he could find. When he returned home to Springfield, Missouri, Johnny set up shop in his dad’s liquor store, which was located on the way to Table Rock Lake. With this simple idea, Bass Pro Shops® was born. Located right at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway. With over 85,000 sq. ft. there is something for everyone to enjoy!
➢ 30 N. Christopher Columbus Ave. (Tanger Outlets)
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Beach & Boardwalk
Whether it is your first time in Atlantic City or you are a frequent visitor, taking a stroll on the world-famous Boardwalk and visiting our pristine beaches is a must!
➢ For more information visit: Beaches and Boardwalk
Boardwalk Tram Service
Experience a scenic and historical view of the AC Boardwalk. It’s both fun for the family and friendly for the environment. The trams begin at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and travel as far as Tropicana, passing Steel Pier, Boardwalk Hall, and much more along the way.
➢ 114 S. New York Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 347-7500 www.boardwalktours.com
Atlantic City Mini Golf
Atlantic City’s premier miniature golf course featuring lush landscapes, realistic contours, and breathtaking views. Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue (across from Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall).
➢ 1 Kennedy Plaza, Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Lucky Snake Arcade & Sports Bar at Showboat
Lucky Snake arcade is fun for all-ages. This 85,000 square feet arcade is the largest arcade in East. Come play classic games from the 80s through today, virtual reality games, skee ball, boardwalk games, experience the world’s largest crane and so much more.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11:00am-11:00pm, Friday: 11:00am-2:00am, Saturday: 11:00am- 2:00pm
➢ 801 Boardwalk (Showboat) Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 487-4652 www.theluckysnake.com
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum has over 400 eye-opening exhibits that will amaze and entertain kids of all ages. An eclectic ‘odditorium’ has amongst its oddball treasures, a lock of George Washington’s hair, a 27-room miniature wood carved castle and a host of the most amazing artifacts ever assembled under one roof! Located on the AC Boardwalk, open all year.
➢ New York Ave. & the Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 347-2001 www.ripleys.com/atlanticcity
New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and the country’s third tallest lighthouse! In 1993, the Inlet Public/Private Association adopted the Lighthouse as a symbol of the rebirth of the Inlet section of town. The restoration of the Absecon Lighthouse was completed in 1999, followed by the reconstruction of the Keeper’s Dwelling in 2001.The third and final phase, the restoration of the 2-acre site was completed in 2003. Funded by grants from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) & NJ Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Program, the site work phase restored many characteristic features of the historic grounds. Now visitors can enjoy strolling the 2-acre property, visiting the Keeper’s Cottage museum and gift shop, and climbing the 228 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Keepers are on duty and share with visitors the magnificent 360 view of the Jersey shore, and the magnificent 1854 First-Order Fresnel lens in the lantern above.
➢ 31 S. Rhode Island Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 449-1360 www.abseconlighthouse.org
Central Pier Arcade & Speedway
Central Pier Arcade & Speedway is the hottest family entertainment center in Atlantic City, featuring one of the largest over and under racetracks with NASCAR-style go karts. Fun seekers
can choose paintball, games of chance and New Jersey’s largest state-of-the-art redemption center, filled with thousands of prizes to choose from, such as plush animals, designer purses, iPads, iPhone, large screen TVs, music and game electronics, household items, and much more. Come play the cranes, slot machines, pokers, coin pushers, skeeball, video games, and more. Visitors and locals alike know that this is the place to take a break from your day on the beach to enjoy a few games of chance. There are no losers. Everyone always goes home a winner! Visit us on FACEBOOK for all the details!
➢ 1400 Boardwalk
Tennessee & the Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 345-5219 www.centralpierarcade.com
Playcade Arcade is Atlantic City’s longest established arcade and has doubled in size with more prizes and games. Come play popular games and win items from a massive selection of prizes. Fun for the entire family, join in the excitement and be a kid again. Winner of the 2009 Best of Atlantic City Award in Amusement Arcade category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
➢ 2629 Boardwalk Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 345-8260
Atlantic City Aquarium
The Atlantic City Aquarium is home to over 100 varieties of fish and marine animals. Get up close with SHARKS! Our tropical shark touch tank gives visitors an opportunity to touch several species of sharks. The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Zone encourages visitors to touch a variety of local organisms such as Horseshoe Crabs and Sea Urchins. Be sure to say hello to “Groman” our resident Loggerhead Sea Turtle as he cruises around his 25,000-gallon home. The Aquarium also houses moray eels, moon jellies, seahorses, and diamondback terrapins just to name a few. SEA OUR SHOWS: Live Dive Feeding Show, Exotic Animal Show (call for times) and daily feedings at Stingray Touch Tank. From fun and educational children’s birthday parties, an elegant wedding reception, a fabulous picnic, corporate meeting, or a one-of-a-kind special affair the Atlantic City Aquarium will exceed your expectations for a truly unique and memorable event.
➢ 800 N. New Hampshire Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 348-2880 www.acaquarium.com
• Located in Historic Gardner’s Basin home to sightseeing cruises, fishing boats, and restaurants. The Atlantic City Aquarium is open year-round 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Civil Rights Garden
The Civil Rights Garden is a tranquil public sculpture garden comprised of 11 granite columns, winding pathways, plants, flowers, Gingko trees and sculptures with inscriptions related to the history, events, and people of the Civil Rights movement.
➢ Pacific Avenue & Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Atlantic City, NJ 08401
New Jersey Korean War Memorial
The New Jersey Korean War Memorial is dedicated to ensuring that future generations remember veterans, their proud and dedicated service, the legacy they continued, and the freedom they preserved. Free. Open daily.
➢ Brighton Park (Park Place & the Boardwalk) Atlantic City, NJ 08401
The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University
Shop creatively at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University! The Arts Garage houses over 15 studios and shops, and visitors are invited to watch the artists at work, ask questions about their creative process, and purchase original artwork. Don’t miss the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey and be sure to visit the satellite gallery and gift shop of the Noyes Museum of Art! Stroll through the galleries and shops, stop for a bite to eat at the Atlantic Café, and enjoy convenient parking in the heart of Atlantic City adjacent to Tanger Outlets, the Convention Center, Boardwalk Hall and Dante Hall Theater. Visit our website for the full schedule of tours, special events, workshops, and exhibitions. Open Wednesday- Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
➢ 2200 Fairmount Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (609) 626-3805 www.artsgarageac.com
Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Café is located at the Boardwalk right inside the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Enjoy delicious food and their mouthwatering “Legendary Burgers.” The Café is also known for its music and entertainment by well-known artists. The Hard Rock AC is also home to the largest memorabilia collection.
➢ 1000 Boardwalk
Boardwalk @ Virginia Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 441-0007 www.hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com/restaurants/casual-dining/hard-rock-cafe
Viking Cooking School
If you love to cook, entertain, or just appreciate the pleasure of great food, the Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City is the place to indulge your passions. It combines a hands-on teaching kitchen and a gourmet store full of the finest culinary tools available. Take a class by yourself or with your friends and savor fun times followed by a great meal. Browse their retail store and pick-up cookware and cutlery, countertop electrics, and much more.
➢ Harrah’s Atlantic City
777 Harrah’s Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Atlantic City Fishing & Dive Center
Full-service private charter & party boats specializing in fun, also corporate outings, team building and family get-togethers up to 135 people. Some of our activities include sport fishing, bottom fishing, wreck fishing, private sightseeing cruises, bachelor & bachelorette parties, birthday parties and scuba trips for shipwreck diving. Fun for every age. 24/7, year-round.
Five different boats that can accommodate approximately: 12 people; 18 people; 37 people; 120 people; and 135 people.
➢ 455 N. Maryland Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 Contact:
Atlantic City Cruises
Hop aboard Atlantic City Cruises’ flagship vessel Cruisn’ 1 for daily sightseeing adventures in the waters around Atlantic City. Visit with our resident bottle-nosed dolphin on our Dolphin Watching Adventure or enjoy a calm back bay Happy Hour cruise in the evening.
Daily cruises are offered May through October departing from Historic Gardner’s Basin. “Sea” ya soon! Just don’t miss the boat!
➢ Historic Gardner’s Basin
800 N. New Hampshire Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401 609-347-7600 www.atlanticcitycruises.com
AC Jet Boat
Also located in Historic Gardner’s Basin, this new thrill ride is for adventure seekers! Prepare to get wet on this fun speed jet boat as it takes you on spins, fishtails, and more!
➢ Gardner’s Basin; 800 N. New Hampshire Ave www.funjetboat.com
Atlantic City Parasail
Feel the thrill and excitement of one of America’s popular family sports. Safe, easy, and fun. No experience needed. Leaves Gardner’s Basin daily, every 1-1/2 hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Ages 5 and up. Photo packages available. Call to make reservations. Group rates available.
➢ Historic Gardner’s Basin
800 N. New Hampshire Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08401
(609) 345-1212 www.atlanticcityparasail.com
A wild place to shop and eat!!!!
➢ 2201 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Historic Smithville-Village Greene
Historic Smithville & Village Greene is open every day of the year except Christmas. It’s a wonderful place to shop and stroll and has a full calendar of family events. Enjoy the views, cafes, restaurants, and shops. Find one-of-a-kind gifts or just relax and have a great cup of coffee.
➢ 615 E. Moss Mill Road Smithville, NJ 08205 609-748-8999 www.historicsmithville.com
Lucy the Elephant
Lucy the Elephant was built in 1881 by real estate developer, James Lafferty, as a gimmick to attract potential buyers to his land holdings along the coast of South Atlantic City (now Margate). In the 1960s, the once proud jewel of the South Jersey coast had become an almost hopeless, wretched wreck. Then in 1970, a developer purchased Lucy’s land and intended to build a condominium building on the site. The beach and the ocean could stay – but the elephant had to go! To the rescue came the Save Lucy Committee. Within weeks, this small, concerned group of ordinary citizens had raised enough money to move the entire decaying
structure two blocks away to a new site owned by the city. Thirty years and over 1.5 million dollars later, Lucy was completely restored to her original splendor, inside and out. In 1976, Lucy was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States government as the oldest surviving example of a unique form of “zoomorphic” architecture, and the oldest “roadside” attraction in America. Today, she stands as the most popular non-gaming attraction in the greater Atlantic City region. She has brought fame to Margate City and is known all over the globe as “The World’s Largest Elephant.” Hours in March are 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
➢ 9200 Atlantic Ave. Margate, NJ 08402 609-823-6473 www.lucytheelephant.org
Family-fun Storybook Land has kept the spirit of childhood alive for over 50 years. Fun for the entire family, the timelessness of childhood comes to life as your family literally walks through 20-acres of storybook attractions depicting children’s stories and nursery rhymes in a lovely park setting. Open April through December.
➢ 6415 Black Horse Pike–Routes 40/322 Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 609-646-0103 www.storybookland.com