Atlantic City might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a family vacation; but maybe it should be. Here’s a list of six family-friendly (and budget-friendly) AC activities that’ll keep the kids smiling all day long.
Atlantic City Aquarium
Visit Groman, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, get up close and personal with a shark or a horseshoe crab, or reach in and stroke a stingray at the Atlantic City Aquarium. There’s a whole day of fun to be had here, for less than the price of a movie ticket.
Marine Mammal Stranding Center
When the whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles that live along the shores of South Jersey need help, it’s the Marine Mammal Stranding Center to the rescue. Take the kids on a tour of the facilities and help them learn about the wonderful work the marine rescuers do all year long. Bonus: you may get to see some very cute seals.
A lazy afternoon in the grey seal nursery at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. All the pups (A total of 12 greys) are doing fine. We are open Sunday from 11 to 2. Stop by and check out who we have in house. Seals are viewed via monitors. They do not see you and are not stressed. #marinemammalrescue #seals #brigantine
Spend the day learning about the coastal habitats of South Jersey and the flora and fauna that live there – with a little dose of fun tossed in. The Wetlands Institute offers naturalist-led boat rides, paddle-boarding and kayaking. You’ll get to interact with some of the coolest species on the beach, and take a guided stroll through the dunes. At $6-$8 a person, you really can’t beat it.
Climb aboard New Jersey’s official Tall Ship, the Schooner A.J. Meerwald, for a fun peek into the state’s coastal history. Launched in 1928, A.J. Meerwald was just one of hundreds of oyster dredging schooners sailing along South Jersey’s Bayshore. When the Great Depression hit, most of those ships fell into disrepair, but the A.J. Meerwald has been restored to her former glory. Educational programs, public sails, chartered trips, and multi-day sailing camps are offered for crew members of all ages.
Lucy the Elephant
No trip to the Atlantic City area is complete without a visit to Lucy. Lucy the Elephant is a six-story, elephant-shaped building originally constructed in 1881 to lure potential real estate investors to Margate (then called South Atlantic City). By 1970, Lucy was crumbling and slated for demolition, but there was a huge community effort to restore her, and today Lucy is the oldest roadside attraction in America and a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours inside the elephant are available all year long.
Lucy the Elephant, 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate City, NJ, USA +1 609 823-6473
SURPRISE!!! Let the fun begin!!!!! Don't forget to stop by Lucy the Elephant today from 10AM-8PM and help us celebrate America's Oldest Roadside Attraction. Please note: There is no onsite parking at Lucy today. Our FREE parking and Jitney Shuttle Service is located at 9001 Winchester Avenue. See you at THE elephant! Happy 136th Birthday, Lucy!! #lucytheelephant #nationalhistoriclandmark #roadsideattraction #margate #nj #elephant #weirdnj #doac #birthday #party #fundraiser
Just a few miles outside Atlantic City, Storybook Land is the amusement park for the fairy tale-lover in all of us. Since its grand opening in 1955, Storybook Land has been a local mainstay. Kids can experience real-life versions of their favorite stories and nursery rhymes, and family-friendly rides and attractions will keep them entertained all afternoon. And at a fraction of the ticket prices other amusement parks charge, parents will love it too.