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Guide to Atlantic City for Families

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There are ample opportunities for family fun in Atlantic City. Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, there are aquariums, museums, shopping arcades, and other rainy day activities to keep the whole tribe entertained.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Atlantic City Aquarium Historic Gardner's Basin

Aquariums

Glowgolf Miniature Golf

Game & Entertainment Centres

The Playground at Caesars

Shopping Malls

IMAX Theatre at Tropicana

Movie Theatres, Theatres

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks

Central Pier Arcade

Piers & Boardwalks

Steel Pier Amusement Park

Theme Parks

Ripley's Believe It or Not

Speciality Museums

Stephen C's City Tips

  • The adult beverages served by the casino waitresses are free, but remember to tip.
  • Take a rickshaw along the boardwalk to give your feet a rest.
  • Shop during the day; stick to casinos and hotels at night.
  • Atlantic City Aquarium Historic Gardner's Basin
    Aquariums
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    Stephen C Says:

    A small aquarium located away from the boardwalk and a fun place to explore for younger kids in particular. While there are no large animals here, it's a cool place to check out fish, rays, crabs, amphibians, reptiles, and more. You can even touch the sharks and feed the stingrays!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check for coupons online before you visit.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • With the kids 20/03/2019
    • A small building full of BIG surprises 20/03/2019
    • Atlantic City Aquarium Historic Gardner's Basin
    Address:
    800 N New Hampshire Ave
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-2900
    Phone:
    +1 609-348-2880
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Glowgolf Miniature Golf
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Stephen C Says:

    The 27 holes at this indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini golf course are a fun way to kill some time if the weather is bad or if it's simply too hot to be outside.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check online for special offers before you visit.
    • Located in the Pier Shops complex at Caesars.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Disapointing 30/07/2018
    • Fun little game!! - never saw the glow part? 07/06/2015
    • Glowgolf Miniature Golf
    Address:
    The Pier Shops
    Atlantic City, NJ
    Phone:
    +1 609-344-1020
    Other:
  • The Playground at Caesars
    Shopping Malls
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    Stephen C Says:

    The Pier is the best place to browse high-end stores in Atlantic City. It also remains an iconic boardwalk destination, despite the many changes that the area is experiencing. Offering a pleasant mall experience with excellent ocean views at the end of the pier, the shopping center makes for a quick, one-stop-shop should you need to pick up any extra clothing during your trip.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The once popular fountain show has been discontinued.
    • The Pier can be accessed via the sky bridge from Caesers.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Not much to see here 06/01/2019
    • Playgroud Shops at Caesars 12/12/2018
    • The Playground at Caesars
    Address:
    1 Atlantic Ocean
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-6689
    Phone:
    +1 609-345-3100
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • IMAX Theatre at Tropicana
    Movie Theatres, Theatres
    Stephen C Says:

    While IMAX screens are not that hard to come by these days, they are always a fail-safe way to keep the kids entertained. Head to Tropicana's five and a half story-high screen to catch the latest releases up close and personal, some in 3D!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • A great alternative to the casino for a night of evening entertainment.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 Concerts & Shows in Atlantic City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Winter fun for all! 13/01/2019
    • A great IMAX in a cool location 06/01/2019
    • IMAX Theatre at Tropicana
    Address:
    Tropicana Casino and Resort
    2831 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Phone:
    +1 800-843-8767
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Atlantic City Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Stephen C Says:

    Many people visit Atlantic City specifically for its iconic boardwalk. Here, the smell of the ocean, the sea breeze, the quirky souvenir shops selling saltwater taffy and funnel cake, and the street entertainers all make for an enjoyable wander along the strip — whatever your age.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Work up an appetite with a long walk, then visit one of the many kid-friendly restaurants or buffets to refuel.
    • Take a rickshaw if you don't feel like walking.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • All time greatest boardwalk. 20/03/2019
    • Go in the Summer 19/03/2019
    • Atlantic City Boardwalk
    Phone:
    +1 609-348-7100
    Other:
  • Central Pier Arcade
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Stephen C Says:

    Central Pier is the quintessential game arcade for kids of all ages, and another great all-weather activity.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check out the Go-Karts.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • The place is OK 09/01/2019
    • Arcade & Go Karts 10/11/2018
    • Central Pier Arcade
    Address:
    1400 Boardwalk
    Tennessee & the Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7118
    Phone:
    +1 609-345-5219
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Steel Pier Amusement Park
    Theme Parks
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    Stephen C Says:

    This classic amusement park features a whole host of wholesome rides, from a pirate ship to a Ferris wheel. It's part of the charm of Atlantic City!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • The pay-per-ride attractions can soon add up here, so you may want to consider setting a budget for the trip.
    • Located across from the Trump Taj Mahal Casino.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Fun for Adults Too 19/03/2019
    • Great for Kids. 25/02/2019
    • Steel Pier Amusement Park
    Address:
    1000 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7415
    Phone:
    +1 609-345-4893
    Other:
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
    Speciality Museums
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    Stephen C Says:

    Though Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museums can be found around the world, this one features a 'Laser Maze Challenge' where you can test you skills at climbing through a web of lasers. Yet another all-weather plan!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Discount coupons are available online.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Killed some time 01/03/2019
    • fun and quirky 19/02/2019
    • Ripley's Believe It or Not
    Address:
    1441 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7144
    Phone:
    +1 609-347-2001
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
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