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Atlantic City Off the Beaten Path

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Atlantic City is all about gambling, shopping, and nightlife. But if you want to take a break from the card tables and club floors, this off the beaten path guide is for you. It highlights some of the city's best museums, memorials, and heritage sites, while also picking out a few places especially for families (as children may not be able to enjoy many of Atlantic City's main tourist venues). So read on to discover how you can venture off the boardwalk a little!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Atlantic City Historical Museum

Speciality Museums

Atlantic City Aquarium Historic Gardner's Basin

Aquariums

Absecon Lighthouse

Lighthouses

Altman Playground

Playgrounds

Central Pier Arcade

Piers & Boardwalks

Greek Temple Monument World War I Memorial

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey

History Museums

Ripley's Believe It or Not

Speciality Museums

Madison S's City Tips

  • If you are traveling as a family with children, there are some Atlantic City resorts that do not have casino floors and can be enjoyed in full by everyone.
  • When eating out in the US, it is customary to tip 15-20%, as long as a service charge has not already been added to your bill.
  • If you plan to do a lot of walking, especially outside, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water along with you.
  • Atlantic City Historical Museum
    Speciality Museums
    Madison S Says:

    The Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on a restored section of boardwalk along the Old Pier, is dedicated to documenting Atlantic City's colorful past. Photographs, videos, and memorabilia all tell the story of its beginnings as a seaside resort, its slump after the hubbub of the prohibition era, and finally its economic resurgence as the East Coast's premier destination for gambling and nightlife. Celebrating Atlantic City's heritage and multiculturalism, this museum is an interesting stop for those interested in the city's varied history.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • For Boardwalk Empire fans: The museum documents the life of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson in Atlantic City, the namesake of the popular TV show's main character.
    • Admission to the museum is free, and it is open between the hours of 10am and 5pm daily.
    • The expanded Alfred M. Heston Room collection is open to the public between 2pm-4.30pm Wednesday and Thursday, as well as from 9:30am-12pm on Thursdays only.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Atlantic City Museum Memories 15/01/2019
    • Nice to walk in any season 02/09/2018
    • Atlantic City Historical Museum
    Phone:
    +1 609-347-5839
    Hours:
    Sat - Tue
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Atlantic City Aquarium Historic Gardner's Basin
    Aquariums
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    Madison S Says:

    This small but quaint Aquarium stands in the former smuggler's prohibition-era hub of Gardner’s Basin. Its three floors contain one major tank, two petting tanks with starfish and little sharks, and a rooftop deck with views of the city. Well-priced and relaxing, this is a great stop for families visiting with kids, or for anyone who wants to get out of the sun and enjoy some of the coastal town's marine life.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The aquarium is open from 10am-5pm.
    • The aquarium has free parking.
    • The aquarium is the point of departure for many of Atlantic City's boat tours in warmer seasons.
    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:
  • Absecon Lighthouse
    Lighthouses
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    Madison S Says:

    New Jersey's tallest lighthouse and the third biggest in the United States, the Absecon Lighthouse takes visitors up two-hundred-and-eight steps to a breathtaking view of Atlantic City. The coastline and skyline are equally gorgeous on a clear day. The lighthouse itself, being from the nineteenth century, is a city relic, and its groundskeeper's house contains relics and antiques that add some background to its history.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are six landing spaces on the walk up the lighthouse staircase for visitors to take a breather and take in the view from different heights.
    • Open 10am-5pm daily.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Lighthouse 15/03/2019
    • Nice visit 24/02/2019
    • Absecon Lighthouse
    Address:
    31 S Rhode Island Ave
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-7760
    Phone:
    +1 609-449-1360
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Altman Playground
    Playgrounds
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    Madison S Says:

    Located behind the Absecon Lighthouse, the Altman Playground is enjoyable for children of all ages, as well as adult sportsmen. With two entertainment structures for younger children including slides and climbing bars, swings for all ages, tennis courts, basketball courts, water fountains, and picnic pavilions, it's a great place to get away from Atlantic City's bustle and have a day outside. Located right on the water, the facility even has a small water slide during hotter months.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is a bathroom facility on-site.
    • There is plenty of free and open parking in the area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Well maintained, kid friendly park in inlet area. 15/02/2017
    • Wear the children out here! 01/02/2017
    • Altman Playground
    Address:
    Pacific Ave and S New Hampshire Ave
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
  • Central Pier Arcade
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Madison S Says:

    Play games and win prizes at the Central Pier Arcade. Olden time arcade games, like ever-popular skeeball, are playable for olden-time prices (less than a dollar a game!) The Arcade also features a carousel, paint-balling on the pier, and go-karting.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Professional photos are taken of riders while they go kart, so don't worry about snapping the motion-blur free perfect shot on your own.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    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:
  • Greek Temple Monument World War I Memorial
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Madison S Says:

    The Greek Temple Monument honors New Jersey's fallen soldiers from the first World War. The moving memorial, ensconced in Greek columns, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features the female representation of Liberty crying out over a fallen son, while another woman weeps. It is a powerful sight.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The memorial can be round off Route 40, if you're driving.
    • Parking spaces near the memorial are metered.
    • There is also a civil war memorial nearby in the same park.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Lovely monument 19/02/2019
    • Nice Memorial 10/10/2018
    • Greek Temple Monument World War I Memorial
    Address:
    O'Donnell Memorial Park
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Other:
  • African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
    History Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    This small but deeply meaningful museum aims to educate visitors on culture and diversity, through a narration of the lives and legacies of African Americans in the 20th century. Documenting how African American culture has enriched life in the United States, as well as how it has changed over the last century, the museum includes art, artifacts, advertisements, household items, and more to bring an accurate and visceral representation of these lives to light, in a decade-by-decade exhibit.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Admission to the Heritage Museum is free.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 43 things to do in Atlantic City
    • Surprising find! 19/03/2019
    • Amazing!!! 26/09/2018
    • African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
    Address:
    2200 Fairmount Ave
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401-4080
    Phone:
    +1 609-350-6662
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$3
    Other:
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not
    Speciality Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    An eccentric collection of oddities, the Ripley Museum aims to display the strangest items and most bizarre tales from around the world. Curiosities include furniture made entirely from jelly beans and the world's tiniest functioning car. So strap in for some unbelievable sights, sounds, and stories.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • The main draw of Atlantic City's Ripley's Museum is its Vault Laser Maze Challenge: a maze of laser beams that challenges visitors to get through without touching one. Can you do it?
    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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