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Best Things To Do in Atlantic City

Most of the activity in Atlantic City is centered around the beach and the 4-mile-long boardwalk, which is lined with casinos. Branching off the boardwalk are piers, which offer kid-friendly alternatives. Steel Pier, with old-fashioned amusement rides and carnival games, is especially popular. There are a few novelty-specific attractions visitors will find in Atlantic City as well, including Lucy the Margate Elephant and Storybook Land.

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#1
Atlantic City Beach Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're not visiting Atlantic City to gamble, chances are you're coming to hit the beach. The city ... read more»

#2
Atlantic City Boardwalk Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Boardwalk isn't named after its wooden planks. Its namesake actually comes from its inventor, Alexander Boardman, who developed ... read more»

#3
Casinos
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Atlantic City is practically synonymous with gambling. The seaside city is home to several casinos with everything from slots to ... read more»

#4
Cape May Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Just about 45 miles south of Atlantic City is a much calmer stretch of Jersey shore – Cape May. Founded in ... read more»

#5
Tanger Outlets Atlantic City
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: To spend some of that freshly won casino cash (or not), head to the Tanger Outlets. With stores that range ... read more»

#6
Storybook Land
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Visitors with kids will enjoy this 20-acre amusement park, where children's literature reigns supreme. Storybook Land's rides are ... read more»

#7
IMAX Theatre at Tropicana
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: On rainy days, AC visitors can see a blockbuster on a big screen at Tropicana's IMAX Theatre. Even when ... read more»

#8
Atlantic City Aquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting along the Absecon Inlet, the Atlantic City Aquarium features a variety of interactive exhibits the kids will enjoy. You ... read more»

#9
Playground Pier Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The Playground Pier is a four-story shopping, dining and nightlife complex that sits on a 900-foot-long pier that juts out ... read more»

#10
Absecon Lighthouse
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: You can climb the Absecon Lighthouse's 228 steps for a great view of your surroundings. And a great view ... read more»

#11
Lucy the Margate Elephant
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Although she sits about 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, the drive is worth it; where else are you going ... read more»

#12
Steel Pier
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you're traveling to AC during the summer (or on fall weekends), you might want to spend a few ... read more»

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