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Best Things To Do in Atlantic City

Most of the activity in Atlantic City is centered on the four-mile 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. We also recommend the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, one of the Boardwalk's mainstays.

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#1
IMAX Theater at Tropicana
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

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

#2
Wild Wild West Casino Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Wild Wild West Casino is one of the many gambling hubs located in the Bally's Atlantic City complex ... read more»

#3
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»

#4
Caesars Atlantic City Casino Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Just like the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Caesars Atlantic City is dressed in an ancient Rome theme. You'll ... read more»

#5
Storybook Land
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Visitors with kids ages eight and under will probably enjoy this 20-acre amusement park, located about 10 miles outside of ... read more»

#6
Tanger Outlets, The Walk Free attraction
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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 Atlantic City Outlets, The Walk. With ... read more»

#7
Lucy the Margate Elephant
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Although she sits about five miles from AC, the drive is worth it; where else are you going to see ... read more»

#8
Borgata Casino Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Borgata is one of the most luxurious casinos in Atlantic City. Located at Farley State Marina, this new building ... read more»

#9
Atlantic City Aquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Nestled inside the waterfront's Ocean Life Center complex, the Atlantic City Aquarium features a variety of interactive exhibits the ... read more»

#10
The Pier Shops at Caesars Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: One of AC travelers' top things to do is to visit the Pier Shops at Caesars -- but more to window ... read more»

#11
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»

#12
Cape May Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

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

#13
Resorts Atlantic City Casino Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Resorts casino boasts a sleek-yet-casual feel on the inside, with 2,500 slot machines and 100,000 square feet of ... read more»

#14
Trump Plaza Casino Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Trump Plaza Casino enjoys a prime location, right off the Boardwalk and near a shopping outlet along with plenty of ... read more»

#15
Garden Pier Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Located off the Boardwalk near New Jersey Avenue is Garden Pier, which first opened in 1913 and was named for ... read more»

#16
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»

#17
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Like many other Ripley's Believe It or Not! museums, the AC location's exterior is also eye-catching and wacky ... read more»

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