Playground Pier

#9 in Best Things To Do in Atlantic City
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Key Info

1 Atlantic Ocean

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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 the upscale stores that sell designer merchandise. (For budget shopping, head to the nearby Tanger Outlets.) The mall has undergone several renovations over the past few years, which recent travelers said have certainly improved its overall ambiance.

Located on the boardwalk between Arkansas and Missouri avenues, the Playground Pier is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Check out the Playground Pier's website for more information on shops, dining venues and more.

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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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