Atlantic City Aquarium#8 in Best Things To Do in Atlantic City
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 the aquarium, you'll find a host of restaurants and shops, as well as kiosks for boat rides and cruises around the harbor.
Visitors say that while this is a small aquarium, it's entertaining for younger children (especially the touch tanks) and also good for a rainy day activity. Travelers say the staff here is knowledgeable and friendly, too.
The Atlantic City Aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults and $4 for kids ages 5 to 12. to check the website for more details.
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#1 Atlantic City Beach
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. The Atlantic Ocean's waves are good for body boarding, boogie boarding and wave jumping for the little ones, while adults can enjoy walking along the flat terrain near the water or relaxing in a beach chair. On-site facilities include showers and changing rooms, plus lifeguards are on duty during the summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beachgoers also have access to the boardwalk, which is populated with eateries and shops selling beach gear and water sports equipment.
Unlike many other New Jersey beaches, Atlantic City's sands are free to access – you don't need a fee-based badge or pass to visit. For more information on the beach, visit the tourism board's website.
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