Your Survival Guide for a Fun Weekend in Atlantic City
Headed to Atlantic City but don’t know what to do or bring? We’ll help you pack and offer some tips to help you have an unforgettable trip.
You’ve survived the work week, so your weekend should be a breeze, right? Unfortunately, you’ve probably learned the hard way that this isn’t necessarily so. If you aren’t prepared, a fun weekend can turn into a nightmare! Don’t let that happen to you! We don’t want you to miss out on a single adventure. There are tons of things to do in Atlantic City this weekend and every weekend if you are in the know and well-equipped! By following our guide, you’ll not only know exactly what to do when you visit AC, you’ll know how to do it right! From family-friendly attractions to fun Atlantic City nightlife, we’ve got all the survival tips you’ll need to earn your weekend getaway merit badge!
Read on to find how to prepare yourself to take in everything Atlantic City has to offer.
With a new energy, brand-new eateries and a beautiful Boardwalk overlooking the pristine Atlantic Ocean, North Beach Atlantic City has developed into the city’s cultural epicenter. Over the last year, the opening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Ocean Casino Resort and Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall has pumped new life into this northern section of the Boardwalk, adding to the excitement already established by Resorts Casino & Hotel, Steel Pier and the Absecon Lighthouse. For more information or a list of events, visit atlanticcitynorthbeach.com. North Beach visitors are encouraged to tag their photos at each property by using #NorthBeachAC.
We want you to be tickled pink, but not burned! Resorts Casino Hotel is located on the world famous Atlantic City Beach & Boardwalk, and the beach is FREE all year round. Enjoy a relaxing day sunbathing on the sand or visit Jersey Devil’s Surf Shop for surf lessons to learn how to catch those waves. Wrap things up by grabbing a drink and a great meal at Landshark Bar & Grill – located right on the beach.
This one may come as a surprise, but those sneakers will come in handy for climbing Atlantic City’s famed Absecon Lighthouse! Take an amazing journey above it all as you ascend the 228 steps of the Absecon Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. You’ll see breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline and up top you’ll come face-to-face with the original first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857.
The lighthouse’s recent multi-million dollar restoration also includes a stunning replica of the Lightkeeper’s dwelling, an educational museum, charming gift shop, Fresnel Lens exhibit in the original Oil House and expansive grounds.
Best of all, parking and Admission to the Keeper’s House Museum, Exhibits and Grounds is free all year-round!
You’ll have to stay for lunch in order to get your eyes full of a certain beloved, larger-than-life pachyderm. Lucy the Elephant is located along the beach in Josephine Harron Park in Margate, NJ. This architectural novelty is six stories high and is listed on the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks. The park is fenced and contained, making child supervision easy. Picnic tables are on site for eating outdoors.
On the tour you will learn about Lucy’s unique design and her history and you will get to climb a spiral staircase through her insides all the way up to the howdah on her back, providing a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding shore area.
Children and families are sure to enjoy visiting the only elephant in the world “you can walk through and come out alive!” Convenient hours and of course, Lucy is always available by appointment to be toured by schools and groups.
Atlantic City’s Sea creatures are waiting to step up to the glass and pose with you! The Atlantic City Aquarium, which opened in May 1999, is the most dynamic addition to Historic Gardner’s Basin. The Aquarium provides a first class experience for shore visitors. The Aquarium also offers a unique educational field trip for students. It’s a great way to introduce visitors, classes or community groups to New Jersey’s Coastal Marine Environment.
You’ll want to zoom in on some of our breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime sights to see! Spend the day at the bay at Historic Gardner’s Basin, nestled on a protected channel along the back bays, directly across from the state marina and Coast Guard station. This bayside park offers shopping, dining, fishing and sightseeing boat rides for all ages.
From distinctive hand-crafted gifts in the Crafters Village and unique boutiques, to dolphin-watching and sightseeing cruises, Historic Gardner’s Basic is the perfect destination to spend a delightful hour, an afternoon or the day by the bay.
This maritime park on North New Hampshire Avenue replaces the hustle and bustle of the Boardwalk with a different type of activity. Sightseeing and fishing cruises come and go from the docs, the restaurants serve up seafood and ale house brews, the Atlantic City Aquarium offers an interactive aquarium and special events attract thousands.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is the only place in Atlantic City that you can see a spider made from scissors and knives, a roulette table made of over 14,000 jellybeans, and the world’s smallest production car, and that’s only scratches the surface of its 400 different exhibits and artifacts have to offer!
For Lazer Maze Challenge – Navigate through the web of lasers, going over and under lasers as quickly as possible to reach the end. The Laser Maze Challenge ™ is easy to learn, but impossible to master, so you can’t wait to play again. Good Luck!
And we don’t mean to empty everything into your suitcase! You’re going to need all that room to put all the fantastic new clothing you’ll get when you shop at the fabulous boutiques and outlets Atlantic City has to offer Atlantic City’s Tanger Outlets – The Walk, features a collection of more than 80 retail outlets like Nike, Hilfiger, Chico’s, H&M and DKNY, to name a few!
You’re in for a wild ride when you head down to this incredible amusement park! Steel Pier Offers Fun for the Whole Family! The World Famous Steel Pier extends 1,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the Boardwalk near the Taj Mahal, no trip to AC is complete without taking in the excitement and thrills that Steel Pier has to offer.
With all the sand and surf available, you’re probably thinking of a boogie board, but guess what? You can boogie on dry land! When the sun slips down below the horizon, the list of things you can do in Atlantic City. The sunset is your cue to slip down to Bar One to enjoy the best that AC’s nightlife has to offer! Our stellar DJ’s are waiting to get your body moving, and the specialty cocktails our expert bartenders serve are sure to help you wiggle a tail feather!
We hope you have room on your sash, because that Atlantic City weekend getaway merit badge is yours just as soon as you check all of these fun things to do in Atlantic City off your list! You’ve not only survived the weekend, you’ve become the leader for scouting out fun in the wilds of Atlantic City!