Atlantic City Travel Guide

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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.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated April 17, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Atlantic City
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    #1 in Atlantic City
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you're not visiting Atlantic City to gamble, chances are you're coming to hit the beach. The city's beach is wide and its camel-hued sands are soft – recent travelers said they were impressed with the cleanliness and with how much room there was to spread out on this beach.

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  • #2
    Atlantic City Boardwalk
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    #2 in Atlantic City
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    The Boardwalk isn't named after its wooden planks. Its namesake actually comes from its inventor, Alexander Boardman, who developed the walkway in the 1870s. Since then it's remained a hot spot. Four miles long, the Boardwalk runs along the shoreline and is lined with shops, bars, restaurants and amusement park-style

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  • #3
    Casinos
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    #3 in Atlantic City
    Casinos
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Casinos
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Atlantic City is practically synonymous with gambling. The seaside city is home to several casinos with everything from slots to table games like blackjack, roulette and poker. Crowd favorites include the casinos atCaesars Atlantic City, theBorgata, Bally's and Resorts, thanks to their clean atmospheres, variety of gaming options and attentive

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  • #4
    Cape May
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    #4 in Atlantic City
    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    More than Full Day
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    Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    More than Full Day
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    Just about 45 miles south of Atlantic City is a much calmer stretch of Jersey shore – Cape May. Founded in 1620 by the Dutch, Cape May didn't reach its stride until the 1800s when it became a vacation spot for wealthy Southerners who reportedly didn't want to venture much

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  • #5
    Tanger Outlets Atlantic City
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    #5 in Atlantic City
    Shopping
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping
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    1 to 2 hours
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    To spend some of that freshly won casino cash (or not), head to the Tanger Outlets. With stores that range from J.Crew and Abercrombie & Fitch to Michael Kors, Nike and Calvin Klein, the outlets have stores for all types of shoppers. Recent travelers said they appreciated the variety of

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  • #6
    Storybook Land
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    #6 in Atlantic City
    Amusement Parks
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Amusement Parks
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Visitors with kids will enjoy this 20-acre amusement park, where children's literature reigns supreme. Storybook Land's rides are themed after classics like "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Dumbo" and admission grants you unlimited rides on all the attractions within the park. The park also has a cafeteria and a picnic area.

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  • #7
    IMAX Theatre at Tropicana
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    #7 in Atlantic City
    Entertainment and Nightlife
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Entertainment and Nightlife
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    On rainy days, AC visitors can see a blockbuster on a big screen at Tropicana's IMAX Theatre. Even when it's not raining, many families with kids say visiting the IMAX is high on their list of things to do. In addition to running Hollywood films, the Tropicana also screens 3-D, kid-friendly

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  • #8
    Atlantic City Aquarium
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    #8 in Atlantic City
    Zoos and Aquariums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sitting along the Absecon Inlet, the Atlantic City Aquarium features a variety of interactive exhibits the kids will enjoy. You can touch sharks, stingrays and coral and see other creatures like piranhas, terrapins, iguanas and moon jellies. Other noteworthy exhibits include Ocean Oddities and a Tropical Rainforest. Plus, just outside

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  • #9
    Playground Pier
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    #9 in Atlantic City
    Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Playground Pier is a four-story shopping, dining and nightlife complex that sits on a 900-foot-long pier that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. The mall houses several high-end stores, including Burberry,Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and Armani Exchange. Many travelers typically visit just to window shop and enjoy the displays at

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  • #10
    Absecon Lighthouse
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    #10 in Atlantic City
    Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    You can climb the Absecon Lighthouse's 228 steps for a great view of your surroundings. And a great view it is – located at the northern end of the city, this lighthouse stands 171 feet high, making it the tallest of its kind in New Jersey and one of the

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  • #11
    Lucy the Margate Elephant
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    #11 in Atlantic City
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Although she sits about 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, the drive is worth it; where else are you going to see a giant elephant? The six-story tall, 90-ton elephant has had a long history of preservation efforts and repairs. Built in 1881 in an effort to attract homebuyers to

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  • #12
    Steel Pier
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    #12 in Atlantic City
    Amusement Parks
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Amusement Parks
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    1 to 2 hours
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    If you're traveling to AC during the summer (or on fall weekends), you might want to spend a few hours at the Steel Pier amusement park. Opening nearly a century ago, Steel Pier used to attract thousands of visitors each day; even big-name performers like Frank Sinatra came to entertain.

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